Historic Limerick fountain is a cause for concern

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

MASSGOERS at St John’s Cathedral are being intimidated and threatened by groups of young people who are gathering around the historic fountain at John’s Square.

MASSGOERS at St John’s Cathedral are being intimidated and threatened by groups of young people who are gathering around the historic fountain at John’s Square.

The claims were made by Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon who has called for the erection of railings around the fountain, which was only recently refurbished by Limerick Civic Trust.

“It is being used as a dossing area by people who like to drink in public and urinate on the flowers,” he said adding that there are a number of off-licences located nearby.

Gardai have been called to the area on several occasions but incidents of antisocial behaviour are still a regular occurrence.

“They are actually intimidating people as they go into mass, funerals and weddings at St John’s Cathedral which was recently restored at a cost of €9 million and it not acceptable that we have this situation,” added Cllr O’Hanlon.

Cllr Joe Leddin agrees that something must be done to prevent the ongoing incidents of antisocial behaviour in the area and Cllr Maria Byrne agreed that the behaviour around the fountain is “something of concern”.Vincent Murray, senior executive engineer with Limerick City Council, noted the concerns of councillors and he said he would discuss the matter with Limerick Civic Trust.

However, Mr Murray said additional cctv cameras will be installed in the area as part of the upgrade works and that this might act as a deterrent to those who gather in the area.