November 15: Regeneration and jobs for local workers

Reader Chris Duhig of Delmege Park, Moyross, is not hopeful of the prospect of much local employment in regeneration projects
Limerick Regeneration is going to provide a bonanza for contractors and their consultants as they carve up the Regeneration Budget to set up a cosy cartel of builders to carry out the regeneration building.

Limerick Regeneration is going to provide a bonanza for contractors and their consultants as they carve up the Regeneration Budget to set up a cosy cartel of builders to carry out the regeneration building.

The council are setting up a “panel” of 18 contractors to carry out the works, which means that the overheads (managers and consultants) have to be multiplied by 18. By the time the contractors and their consultants have picked the bones of the budget the people of the Regeneration areas will be lucky to have the roads swept.

Coming to the end of our wonderful year of culture the €6 million cost of that will pale into small change by the time the administration and consultants for Regeneration are paid for.

Those long-term unemployed of those areas of course will be issued with their “Yellow Jackets and Litter Pickers” under some other council scheme so they won’t impact on the Builders and Consultants Budget (aka Limerick Regeneration).

For the people of this area to think that they might get employment on this worthwhile project the council’s idea of social inclusion is the work is to be on site by personnel who have been on an unemployment register anywhere in the EU. Please do not raise your hopes that there might be work for you in your own city.

Chris Duhig

DELMEGE PARK, MOYROSS, LIMERICK