Construction has begun in Moyross on the first units to be built as part of the Limerick Regeneration programme.
More than 30 houses will be constructed over the next 15 months at Cliona Park at a cost of €4.7m.
Before the first sod was turned by Cllr Kevin Kiely, parish priest Fr Frank O’Dea blessed the site and told the local residents who had gathered that they were standing on holy ground, “a symbol of new life in our community”.
Pineview Gardens resident, Tina O’Gorman, was delighted to see workers from Clancy Construction moving onto the site this morning. “We waited long enough for it. We’ve been let down so many times, everything was put back with the state of the country. Today is just a brilliant day, and we’re delighted.”
Christy Duhig from Delmege Park, hopes the construction firm will employ local people as the work progresses. “Four years in the making, four years longer than what we thought, and I hope it carries as much construction work for locals as they are saying it will. People out there are starving for money, so they have to give locals a job. There are trades, and there are good young fellas that are looking for work and I feel they should be given the first opportunity.”