New regeneration office on site of Roy Collins murder

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

Plan: The former Steering Wheel pub at Roxboro shopping centre
THE Roxboro casino in which Roy Collins was shot dead looks likely to be converted into a new regeneration office for the southside.

THE Roxboro casino in which Roy Collins was shot dead looks likely to be converted into a new regeneration office for the southside.

And plans outlined in the regeneration plan to amalgamate Southill schools have also moved a step closer with City Hall granting permission for a new two-storey school near the Roxboro roundabout.

Limerick City Council - which assumed responsibility for the regeneration programme last year - has lodged a Part 8 planning application to refurbish the Steering Wheel Pub and the former Coin Castle arcade. It was here that Roy Collins was murdered in a crime that horrified the country in April 2009.

Limerick Regeneration subsequently purchased the properties from the Collins family - for a sum believed to be over €500,000 - prior to their relocation overseas by the state.

Former regeneration boss Brendan Kenny said the plan was to put the property to community use.

And Oliver O’Loughlin, director of service at the Office of Regeneration, said the plan now was to relocate the southside regeneration office from rented offices at the LEDP to the Roxboro shopping centre.

“The building was bought for community purposes and what is being planned is in line with that commitment. It would also be a much more accessible location for the public,” said Mr O’Loughlin.

While the plans have to be approved by elected members of the council, Mr O’Loughlin said it was hoped in time to have a permanent sub-office of the local authority providing a range of services to the local community.

Meanwhile, Southill parish priest Fr Pat Hogan has welcomed the decision by Limerick City Council to grant permission for a 12-classroom school amalgamating Southill Junior School and Galvone NS on the site of the former St Kieran’s School. Around €11.5 million was earmarked for this project by the government in 2010.

It is understood that the Diocese of Limerick - which owns the site - has ambitions to develop an early intervention project and other education facilities there in due course.

“If all the state agencies and the patrons who have been planning this pull it off and make it work it will be of great benefit to our children and to the whole community,” said Fr Hogan.

It is hoped the new school will start enrolling children in September 2015.