€10m plans for Southill to create 150 jobs

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

southill House is planning a €10m expansion of its premises with the creation of 150 enterprise jobs in the southside regeneration area over the next two years, but it will depend on funding from the State.

southill House is planning a €10m expansion of its premises with the creation of 150 enterprise jobs in the southside regeneration area over the next two years, but it will depend on funding from the State.

Management at the community driven centre held talks with the Minister for Finance this week regarding their plans for future expansion.

Tracey Lynch, general manager of Southill Development Co-Op Ltd, based on the Southill House Campus, said this is the second meeting they’ve had with the Minister this year, and further meetings are due to be held in the coming months.

The €10m plans would include the development of a retirement village for 65 people from Southill and other disadvantaged areas, a community building and a community enterprise centre, amongst other developments.

John Hanafin, general manager of the Southill Community Services Board, they need the support of the Government and Minister to achieve their plans.

However, speaking to the Limerick Leader Minister Noonan said the full monies may not be available in the short-term.

“Most things can be done over time. In the present the money isn’t there to do anything big in a short time, but it’s good to have a blueprint overall and I’ll work with the community and we’ll try to deliver as much as we can,” he said.

Minister Noonan has visited Southill House on numerous occasions in recent years. “They’re developing all the time. Every time one comes something new has happened. The first impression is all the little children they have here in pre-school and how well they’re looked after, and what a facility it must be for the mothers of the community. We’re all committed now to early intervention for children, and this must be of great assistance to the others,” he said.

Southill House Campus organisations have 140 employees working across the various services, with around 4,500 people benefiting directly from the services they provide. Since it was established in 1986, the campus has provided a wider of services to the community, including a credit union, childcare, book-keeping and payroll services.