Anti-violence protest organiser to fight on

THE woman who organised the Limerick protest against the recent upsurge in violence in Moyross, said yesterday she is not disappointed by the small turnout.

Since the protest meeting there have been five shootings in Moryoss, in which a woman and a youth aged 14 received gunshot wounds.

Both are said to be comfortable in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.

An estimated 150 people attended the public rally outside Limerick City Hall on Saturday organised by Sharon Clancy.

She said yesterday: “Considering it was a very wet day it was a good turnout and those who did come along felt strongly about what has happened. If things continue and nothing comes about as a result of this protest we will organise other events.”

Ms Clancy said it was time for ordinary people to speak up and not allow the politicians move on to other matters until action is taken to improve the lives of people in Moyross.

“People want to speak out and our protest meeting last Saturday gave them an opportunity to do so.”

Meanwhile, a leading community activist yesterday came out against calls for a Ballymun-type regeneration in Moyross.

Juan Carlos Azzopardi of Moyross Community Development Network said houses in Moyross are not built very long and are structurally sound.

He said what is needed in Moyross is more stability, as it is an area with a high turnover of council tenants.

He said an obstacle to building this stability was the inability of local people to get mortgages to buy a home in Moyross.

Mr Azzopardi said: “If an individual wants to buy a house in Moyross and goes to a financial institution looking for a mortgage of say €60,000 [or half the value of a house], they will offer them €150,000 to buy anywhere else.”

He said hard working people in the area wishing to settle in Moyross cannot do so.

“The only people who can buy are those who have the cash to do it,” he said.

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