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Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

A €4.65 MILLION housing development to cater for over 60 people with disabilities is now under construction, the Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O’Sullivan has announced.

A €4.65 MILLION housing development to cater for over 60 people with disabilities is now under construction, the Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O’Sullivan has announced.

The development at Parnell Street/Sexton Street has been officially launched by the minister, after construction started last month.

The JP McManus Invitational Pro Am is providing more than €1.35 million in funding towards the project, while the Presentation Order is providing the one acre site for the development.

Due to open next spring, it will consist of 35 units of housing, and a resource centre for people with disabilities, autism/Aspergers syndrome and mental health difficulties from the Limerick area.

The development will also include apartments for members of the religious congregation of the Presentation Order, and other people who may be disadvantaged.

This development is a partnership between RehabCare and Newgrove Housing Association, with funding from a wide range of stakeholders.

For Paul O’Neill, who currently attends RehabCare’s resource centre on John’s Street, the location of the new development will open up new opportunities for him and others who will attend the resource centre.

“I was thrilled when I heard the news of the new centre getting the go-ahead. We will be very close to the People’s Park where we can go walking and to be able to go in to the city centre is great. We won’t have far to go when eating out and the train and bus station are on our doorstep,” he said.

Angela Kerins, chief executive of the Rehab Group, which has been providing services to people with disabilities in the region for over 15 years, described the new building as a “landmark development”.

Minister O’Sullivan said: “This project illustrates the power of communities with a common goal, coming together to improve the lives of those around them.”

An exhibition of photography and artwork celebrating the work of RehabCare and the wider Rehab Group in Limerick and the region has opened to the public in the Istabraq Hall in Limerick City Hall.

The exhibition will run until Wednesday, May 2.

Other partners in the development include Limerick City Council, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, and the Health Service Executive (HSE).