Business in Limerick city centre improves after sex workers move on

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

THE majority of prostitutes who had flooded the streets of Limerick for the past six months have left the city.

THE majority of prostitutes who had flooded the streets of Limerick for the past six months have left the city.

And according to supermarket owner Shane Gleeson, more people are now coming back into the city at night as a consequence and business is improving.

“Most of them came into the shop and said goodbye. They said that they were going home,” explained Mr Gleeson who runs the Spar shop on Catherine Street.

His and other business had suffered as a result of prostitutes soliciting clients from as early at 6.30 each evening.

“Business has definitely picked up as a result of them leaving. Just two of the prostitutes have returned since Christmas and they have been moved on regularly by the gardai,” said Mr Gleeson.

Other business people and some residents in the city centre have been ringing gardai when they see prostitutes on the streets.

“The gardai have given instant responses to my calls and have been very good on moving them on,” said another businessman.

Mr Gleeson said that since the widespread publicity over the operation to target men soliciting prostitutes in the city, the number of men kerb-crawling the area has dwindled to “almost nothing”.