Lord Edward Street housing in capital works scheme

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Minister for State, Paudie Coffey pictured at Lord Edward Street earlier this year
LIMERICK’s regeneration process has enjoyed a massive boost with the news that the Lord Edward Street sheltered housing project will be prioritised.

LIMERICK’s regeneration process has enjoyed a massive boost with the news that the Lord Edward Street sheltered housing project will be prioritised.

Under the Government’s Capital Plan for housing this week - worth some €3bn overall - it was announced the sheltered housing scheme would be completed by 2017.

The housing will be built on a site which housed the former Tait and Telecom Eireann factories.

Mayor Jerry O’Dea, a member of the housing committee, welcomed this.

“We all know we are in the middle of a housing crisis, and in fairness, we have been spending on housing in the last couple of years and it takes time to come to fruition. But I would be all for it,” he said. “I would especially welcome this, as they will be designed with the elderly in mind in so far as they will have to be designed with access and security as priority.”

He did express concern at the number of houses which will be placed together, however.

Elsewhere, the capital plan confirms the development work set to go ahead at Limerick Prison in Mulgrave Street. The facility is set for a multi-million euro redevelopment, and will be joined by Limerick’s courts complex in the street, with work expected to start later this year.