Memories – 10 years – Fury over plans to sell docks

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A VIGOROUS campaign to save Limerick docks was launched yesterday with the slogan “Don’t remove me. Improve me.” The campaign, spearheaded by the Limerick Port Users Group, called on the Shannon Foynes Port Company to stop the sale of the land at the Docks. And the group chairman, Liam Woulfe, issued a challenge to the port company. “Either develop the port facilities or hand over their management to a public/private partnership who would preserve the docks for the city of Limerick.” If the port company proceeds to sell all or part of its 44-acre dockland site, it would spell “death row” for the docks, Mr Woulfe said. Two hundred direct local jobs would be lost, he warned, along with €20m worth of services. It would also lead to an extra 44,000 truck journeys a year on the already congested N69.