INTERNET giant Google has moved to rectify an anomaly which has resulted in Limerick not featuring properly within its Google Maps and Google Earth applications.
Limerick City Council has raised the matter with Google after it was highlighted by an eagle-eyed member of the public.
According to Prionsias McMahon Limerick is not identified when users of Google Maps view the Island of Ireland on their computer or smartphone.
In addition to cities such as Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford towns such as Ennis, Mallow, Tipperary and Clonmel are also featured but Limerick is not.
When users zoom in on where Limerick is located, towns such as Annacotty, Shannon and Newport are identified before Limerick is.
“This is so important because people put Google Maps on their websites as a reference to where they are located,” said Prionsias McMahon.
“So if you have somebody abroad who may be looking to invest and they see that Limerick is not even listed they will say that you are not very important on a national basis,” he told the Limerick Chronicle.
Deputy Niall Collins has raised the matter with officials at Google’s European headquarters in Dublin.
“Google Earth is becoming increasingly popular and to think that one of Ireland’s largest population centres is not featured on the main maps is simply not good enough. We in Limerick are competing with other regions for both domestic and foreign investment, and our absence from such a significant online resource is damaging,” he said.
In a statement, Google said it is looking into the issue.
“Limerick is very much on the map, available on Google Maps, Google Earth and also in Street View. We are always open to feedback and looking to improve the data in all zoom levels of Google Maps,” said a Google spokesperson.