WATCH: Taoiseach backs plans to increase population of Limerick city

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WATCH: Taoiseach backs plans to increase population of Limerick city

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadaker at Troy Studios on the set of SYFY’s Nightflyers with cast members Eoin Macken, Maya Eshet and Sam Strike | Picture: Alan Place

THE Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has re-iterated government plans to increase the population of Limerick city and its environs to around 150,000 people.

Mr Varadkar made his comments at the University of Limerick this Friday before making a presentation to students and other invited guests on the Ireland 2040 plan.

The €160m plan was launched earlier this year but the Limerick presentation was postponed until today due to Storm Emma.

“Our ambition for Limerick in particular is to increase the population of the city and suburbs by 50% over the next 20 years – growing the city and suburbs from around 100,000 people to 150,000 people by 2040,” said Mr Varadkar.

“That of course is going to require major investment in infrastructure – in projects like the M20 linking Limerick to Cork by motorway, by continuing to support Shannon and the development of Shannon and the zone around that and also, of course, investment in housing and other infastructure,” he told reporters while flanked by his local party colleagues, Patrick O’Donovan, Tom Neville, Kieran O’Donnell and Maria Byrne.

Earlier the Taoiseach attended a Fine Gael breakfast briefing at the Castletroy Park Hotel before meeting with some of the cast and Crew of Nightfliers which is currently being filmed at Troy Studios.