Building firm boss eyes British market ahead of Limerick expansion

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

The Galvone Industrial Estate is to be home to 50 new workers

The Galvone Industrial Estate is to be home to 50 new workers

THE boss of a building firm which is creating 50 new jobs in the city says he hopes to serve both the Irish and British markets from the southside.

News this week that Clenn Construction is to open in the Galvone Industrial Estate has been broadly welcomed.

Patrick E Benn, the principal of the company, outlined its plans for Limerick on a visit to the city.

“We hope to meet demand for housing in Ireland and throughout the UK. We are well aware of how important this could be for the local community. We hope to employ 300 to 400 people as we go country-wide and build our programme up,” he told the Leader.​

Clenn Construction will utilise the Engine facility, opened this week on Cecil Street, to train its staff in software programmes needed for the delivery of modular housing units.

Fine Gael’s senate business spokesperson Kieran O’Donnell welcomed the jobs boost, while former Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan urged the council to explore the option of modular homes.

“This is a great project for the Southill area and a great project for Limerick. They are an Irish group working in New York and bringing their expertise back to Ireland. There is a huge Limerick connection through the Benns, they are very enterprising and are looking to build a house a week,” explained Mr O’Donnell. “It’s a project I would be very supportive of, another element to Limerick’s rejuvenation economically, socially and geographically.”

Ms O’Sullivan added: “The 50 jobs are welcome news particularly in the southside regeneration area where job opportunities are very much needed. The company makes modular homes and I would urge the council to explore this option to provide homes for those on waiting lists and people who are priced out of the market.”