Moyross report critical of media

Owen Hickey

Reporter:

Owen Hickey

A UL study on stigmatised neighbourhoods launched last week found the majority of news reported from Moyross to be negative.

A UL study on stigmatised neighbourhoods launched last week found the majority of news reported from Moyross to be negative.

‘Stigmatising Neighbourhoods’, which was launched in the West End Youth Centre in Weston last Friday, was conducted from January 1 2006 to December 31 2007 by UL lecturers Amanda Haynes, Eoin Devereux and Martin Power.

Of 420 newspaper articles studied, just 4% were found to be positive news.

Twenty-two out of 24 TV news reports were about crime in the area.

The event was chaired by TV3 presenter Vincent Browne and was organised jointly by the Department of Sociology of UL and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society.

Mr Browne had strong opinions on the matter and questioned why Shrewsbury Road, an upper class area in Dublin, had not been labelled “troubled”, just as Moyross has.

“Several of the houses are not quite boarded up but are on the verge of being boarded up.

“Several of the people there, who used to live in those houses are some of the bigger speculators and developers and many of them have behaved in a reckless criminal manner and nobody would even think of referring to Shrewsbury Road as a troubled area,” he said.

The symposium coincided with the launch of a new report undertaken by the Department of Sociology at UL and funded by Limerick Regeneration on Ballinacurra Weston and Southill entitled ‘Feeling Safe in Our Community’.

The report describes the concerns residents have on safety in the community.

Members of the Ballinacurra Weston Residents Alliance were left unhappy after they claimed local residents were not invited to the launch.