FIANNA Fail’s Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon has slated ward rival Cllr Gerry McLoughlin for objecting to plans by Richmond RFC to develop a new entrance.
Cllr McLoughlin, a former Irish international, has suggested the planning application may be “a ruse” by the Rhebogue club to pave the way to eventually build houses on their current grounds.
Two years ago, Richmond were refused permission to build over 70 houses on the grounds. This followed a deal between the club and developers McCarthy and Woulfe that Richmond would hand over the site in return for a new ground and clubhouse nearby at Anglers Walk.
In his objection, Cllr McLoughlin says that one of the reason city planners refused permission then was over the lack of an access road. Noting that the current proposals seek permission for a new access road at Drominbeg, Cllr McLoughlin says it may be a precursor for fresh housing proposals.
But Cllr O’Hanlon, who is on Richmond’s development committee, says the club has no such plans.
“That is a disgraceful comment by Cllr McLoughlin. But it’s not the first time he has been wrong about Richmond and it probably won’t be the last,” he said.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 10, 2011