THE £100,000 budget allocation to Limerick Civic Trust was “bolt out of the blue” for the director, Mr Denis Leonard, but for the Minister for Justice, Mr Michael Noonan, it was his “good deed” for the day.
The Minister had intervened on behalf of the trust when EEC funds were not forthcoming for projects such as the restoration of the Potato Market and the Custom House bridge.
”Now,” said a delighted Mr Leonard, “our hand has been improved when we go to the EEC seeking assistance. When they ask what support the Government is giving us, we will have a good answer for them.
”We can thank the Minister for Justice for this one. “
Mr Noonan said that he was delighted to be associated with the grant which would enable the trust “to continue its magnificent work in preserving Limerick’s long and proud heritage.”
He understood, he said, that the grant would be used in the restoration of the Potato Market and the bridge to the Custom House, both in the inner city area.
This €100,000 grant was additional, Mr Noonan said, to the inner city renewal incentives now pursued by the Fine Gael Government.