Minister Simon Coveney is flanked by Cllr Noel Gleeson and Cllr Eddie Ryan at the launch of the plan
A NEW six-year plan has been launched to promote a vibrant and inclusive network of rural towns and villages across Limerick.
The Limerick Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021 has been agreed by a number of stakeholders including the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and members of the Economic Development, Enterprise and Planning Strategic Policy Committees.
Speaking of the plan, Deputy Mayor of Limerick City and County Cllr Noel Gleeson said: “It is important that any recovery is felt in rural areas as well as in the large urban areas of the country. This plan is the culmination of around 12 months work, which has allowed for extensive and important work to be done on what County Limerick needs.
“The success of Limerick is also dependent on the betterment of people living and working outside the city. This strategy over the next five years will he improve the standard of living for all.”
The plan, which aims to promote vibrant and strong rural communities, was agreed upon at the municipal district meetings before going to the full meeting of Limerick City and County Council.
The goals of the plan, said chair of the LCDC and Cathaoirleach of the Cappamore-Kilmallock Municipal District Cllr Eddie Ryan, include “a focus on promoting equally vibrant and safe communities, increase the population and incomes, increase the employment rate and reduce unemployment, promote social and economic inclusion and to ensure the protection of the receiving environment across rural County Limerick”.
Launching the six-year plan, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney praised its quality and ambition.
“They deal with priorities that are important to all communities – be it education, youth services, the environment, integration, health and well-being, tourism, or employment,” he added.