Limerick councillor upset over fees for city homes

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

INDEPENDENT city east councillor John Gilligan has said he is “embarrassed” that householders in regeneration areas are given low amounts for their homes.

INDEPENDENT city east councillor John Gilligan has said he is “embarrassed” that householders in regeneration areas are given low amounts for their homes.

Responsibility for the estates on the northside and southsides of the city have transferred back to Limerick City Council following five years management by the regeneration agency.

But Cllr Gilligan was left incensed when hearing from a community activist who was looking to sell his home in Moyross.

Taking up the story, Cllr Gilligan said: “One issue which has arisen lately is the price being paid to homeowners in our estates. I was recently approached by a man from Moyross who queried our policy on this issue. He is a decent law abiding citizen who is also very active in the community - the type of person we should all be encouraging. But we offered him a paltry €30,000 for his house.”

Cllr Gilligan said the gentleman in question was left “incensed” after it emerged convicted extortionist Christopher McCarthy, got almost double this for his home when he wanted to move from Ballinacurra-Weston.

Cllr Gilligan feels the people of Moyross are being “short-changed”.

“To compound the problem, had the man from Moyross been paid a similar sum as the criminal, he would have been able to rehouse himself,” Cllr Gilligan added in a statement released to the Limerick Leader.