‘Fresh start’ for more residents under Limerick’s Regeneration

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Mary Fitzgerald with her daughter Tanya moving into Waller's Well, Janesboro and below, Tony McNamara arriving at his new home. Pictures: Liam Burke/Press 22
“THIS is way bigger than my old house. It’s like I’m a princess,” said one young girl, as her parents were handed the keys to their new home in the latest development built under the Regeneration programme.

“THIS is way bigger than my old house. It’s like I’m a princess,” said one young girl, as her parents were handed the keys to their new home in the latest development built under the Regeneration programme.

While the Regeneration programme has been frequently criticised for its crippling slow pace, with hundreds of boarded up houses as thousands are placed on the council’s housing waiting list, it has been worth the wait for the new home owners in Waller’s Well, Janesboro.

The 10 unit development, comprising three-bedroom homes, was previously an unfinished estate, which has now been transformed by the council much to the relief of other local residents.

The council acquired the land and the 10 houses for €1.53m from receiver Brian McEnery, who was appointed to Bellisle Properties, a company once led by developer Peter Stritch. The council acquired the turn-key development once all the works had been completed.

The houses in the development have been offered to both homeowners and tenants from across the Regeneration areas, many of whom felt a great degree of sadness at leaving behind their old homes, while wanting to start a new life. “It’s a new lease of life for us. It’s lovely and quiet here, and it’s a new start,” said one couple.

“My mother used to live in Southill for 40 years, but her mind is still up there, because when you’re up there for 44 years it’s a big decision [to move],” said her son.

Jason Murphy, a senior executive officer with Limerick City and County Council, said the council has worked with a number of partners to bring life to these properties, which is one of the key strategic objectives under the Regeneration Programme.

“This development is as much about the community in Janesboro as it is about the residents who have moved into their new homes. Renovating and bringing families into these homes is important in terms of our commitment to rejuvenating communities,” said Mr Murphy.

Additional homes are scheduled for delivery at the Churchfield Site in Southill, Cosgrave Park, Weston Gardens, Carew Park and a number of sites on King’s Island.