Mayor: Harris statue project is ‘progressing well’

LIMERICK Mayor Cllr Diarmuid Scully has dismissed claims that plans to erect a life-size statue of Richard Harris in the city have run into trouble Limerick City Council member Pat Kennedy said there were problems with the proposal.

Mr Scully said yesterday: “Concerns have been expressed by Cllr Kennedy about possible problems with the erection of a statue of Richard Harris in Bedford Row. While I recognise Cllr Kennedy’s concerns and thank him for his most sincere interest in the commemoration of the life of Richard Harris, he can rest assured that this project is progressing well.”

He said Mr Kennedy made his comments in his capacity as a member of the council’s Transport and Infrastructure strategic policy committee..

Mr Scully said: “The erection of the statue is a matter for the Culture and Sporting SPC, which I have the privilege to chair. I can confirm that funding for the statue has been sourced, a location identified and that we are proceeding with selecting a sculptor.”

The statue will be placed in Bedford Row which is being pedestrianised and where a €100 million hotel/retail development is under construction.

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