A NORTHSIDE community activist has vowed never to use a city pizza firm again after claiming it refused to deliver to his home in Delmege Park.
Christy Duhig says when his 18-year-old daughter Kelsey attempted to order a take-away from Apache Pizza, based in Henry Street, she was told that she would have to walk to 15 minutes to Watch House Cross at the entrance of Moyross.
He believes the national take-away company, which has more than 80 branches nationwide, is discriminating against people from Limerick’s regeneration areas.
Businessman Mr Duhig, who serves on the Moyross Residents Forum, says he was told that the firm’s policy is not to deliver to Moyross after one of its drivers had the rear windscreen on his car smashed while making a delivery to Moyross.
This stance was later confirmed by the company when the Limerick Leader made contact.
Mr Duhig believes that an outdated stereotype of trouble exists in communities like Moyross.
“Bus Eireann [which runs an hourly service to the estate] will tell you there has not been any issues regarding public transport up there in the last 12 months. He [Apache Pizza[ said they would neither deliver to St Mary’s Park or Southill. This is three areas in regeneration immediately being discriminated against. He said you’re not the only ones, you’re not being discriminated. It’s our prerogative to deliver where we like,” said Mr Duhig.
He says both he and his teenage daughter have been left “disillusioned” by the experience.
“The fact is, we are being stigmatised. This defeats the purpose of home delivery. I would not be using them again, and I have advised my daughter not to use them either,” he added.
Fortunately, another take-away company in the city was happy to deliver to Delmege Park. A spokesman for Apache Pizza in Limerick confirmed they do not deliver to Moyross.