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14 Aug 2022

Council official under fire for 'mixing up' two Limerick villages

Council official under fire for 'mixing up' two Limerick villages

The parochial house in the village of Feohanagh, not to be mistaken with the village of Feenagh, seven kilometres away

A COUNCIL staff member confused the village of Feohanagh, with the village of Feenagh seven kilometres away, on a visit to address a housing issue.

That’s according to Independent councillor Jerome Scanlan, who said this is a prime example of why the responsibility for the work around council-owned property should all happen in the local district.

At this month’s meeting, members of the Newcastle West municipal district saw a motion passed urging the return of work to the county town, as opposed to centrally, where the allocation of homes county-wide is managed.

“Somebody came out to visit Feenagh. They ended up in Feohanagh because they didn’t know the difference between the two,” Cllr Scanlan claimed, “It’s time we got real here.”

Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin said the current system is “just not fit for purpose.”

I was going to say the wheels have come off the bandwagon, but by God, the spare wheels have come off the bandwagon here,” the Abbeyfeale councillor said.

Prior to the 2014 council merger, housing was managed out of Newcastle West, and Cllr Scanlan said then: “We had a splendid service – A1, Rolls Royce stuff. That is not the case not.”

He highlighted how many homes hit by dereliction in communities are not being brought back to standard, saying some are “worse than an embarrassment.”

In a written reply to the motion, district director Caroline Curley stated there is a housing maintenance team in the district.

“The staffing and resource availability is adequate to the level of demand being experienced in the district,” she said.

"The maintenance of council housing is carried out on a district basis, while the allocation of houses is carried out on a centralised basis. It is not recommended to change this method,” she added.

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