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Limerick gets €160k to help repair storm-damaged parks

Upper Mallow Street was closed when a tree fell from the People's Park during 'Storm Darwin'. 

Picture: Sean Curtin

Upper Mallow Street was closed when a tree fell from the People's Park during 'Storm Darwin'. Picture: Sean Curtin

A total of €160,000 is coming in Limerick’s direction under a government scheme to improve public spaces managed by local authorities.

Cllr Daniel Butler said Limerick’s share of the €3 million fund was particularly welcome after so many green areas took a battering in Storm Darwin.

The public area enhancement scheme was announced by Minister Phil Hogan last week, with the works to be carried out before the tourist season.

“This year has been a challenging year so far for Limerick councils in terms of managing their public spaces due to the exceptional weather conditions we have experienced. I know that Limerick will be hoping for another very successful tourist season this year, following on from the success of The Gathering in 2013,” said Cllr Butler, Fine Gael.

He said that Limerick City Council was being allocated €70,000 under the scheme, with €90,000 going to Limerick County Council.

“We are delighted with this much needed funding. We have seen our environmental services and its budget stretched due to the recent storms,” Cllr Butler said.

The money would “target softer environmental works such as improvements to public parks and recreational walking areas, cleaning and tidying of older graveyards or the cleaning and making safe of derelict buildings”, he explained.

 

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