Burnt out houses causing ‘chaos’ in Limerick estate

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Call: Deputy Willie O'Dea and Cllr Kieran O'Hanlon at Garryglass Avenue
CLLR Kieran O’Hanlon is to seek to have burnt out buildings in Garryglass Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, demolished immediately.

CLLR Kieran O’Hanlon is to seek to have burnt out buildings in Garryglass Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, demolished immediately.

Buildings in the estate have lain idle for a number of years after they were burnt out.

Garryglass Avenue lies just outside the regeneration boundary, which means funding is hard to come by.

The impasse has, Cllr O’Hanlon says, led to the area becoming a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

He believes the situation would not be allowed in any other part of the city, saying: “The delay by Limerick City Council is totally unacceptable and the area is now becoming a gathering spot for all kinds of anti social behaviour. This would not be tolerated in any other part of the city and the residents deserve a better response from the authorities.”

Since the buildings do not fall under the remit of regeneration, funding for demolition is proving hard to come by.

However, Cllr O’Hanlon said he hopes that, following discussion with the Department of the Environment, the necessary funding can be secured, and action can be taken in the coming weeks.

He confirmed: “I will be raising this matter at the next City Council meeting and looking for a progress report. I believe that this site would be very suitable for allotments and could be used by local residents to grow vegetables and have a community garden.” He said both himself and Mr O’Dea believe the demolition is long overdue, and residents of Ballinacurra Weston deserve a “better and quicker response” from Limerick City Council.