Occupy Limerick protesters move out of makeshift camp

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

THE HOME of the Occupy Limerick movement has been disbanded due to the lack of people who could give their full-time support to the movement, but local activists have vowed the spirit of the movement will not die.

THE HOME of the Occupy Limerick movement has been disbanded due to the lack of people who could give their full-time support to the movement, but local activists have vowed the spirit of the movement will not die.

Terry Irwin, one of the activists, said they hope to occupy a NAMA building in the city, similar to their Cork counterparts, and feels that their campsite could be re-erected to form part of Limerick’s international contemporary art exhibition, Eva.

Mr Irwin said while they have some 45 supporters, just three to four people gave their full support of the movement and said trying to man their camp on Liddy Street 24 hours a day proved counter productive to their aims.

“Someone always had to be at the camp for security reasons, and we couldn’t sleep down there. Then you’d wake up tired and you couldn’t properly engage with people coming to find out about the movement. We couldn’t afford to be sitting in a tent all day because we can’t get things done, and this movement is bigger than holding up a tent,” he explained.

The 47 year-old from the Liberties in Dublin said he joined the movement because he wants to create a better future for his 11 year-old son. “I want to look at my son and whatever way it goes say I tried to do something.”