Limerick regeneration plan has failed local residents

On the question of 1,000 families having opted to move out of their homes under the Limerick regeneration plan, many home owners say that it was the process of regeneration itself that forced them out.

Stories abound of sales forced by the damage from adjacent houses making habited homes uninhabitable.

Once they leave, there is no option for them to return when the largely mythical houses are built.

This is a 360 degree turn from the original plan sold to the people; a house for a house.

Primarily older people, who never wanted to leave, had cleared their mortgages, and are now paying mortgages or rents to the council.

Yet, in some instances, just days after the sale of these people’s homes went through, the houses causing the damage were also demolished, despite previous protestations from the council that they were powerless to help.

Despite admitting to €116m having been spent and a further €50m promised, the question of the local employment dream is still swept under the carpet — a recurrent theme, having been seen in all of Dublin’s regeneration areas, where excuse after excuse is rolled out as to why the employment promises in the master plan never materialise.

So far in Limerick, it is understood that a single token job has been secured.

If this is correct it cost €90m to secure.

Despite the recent announcements, there still seems to be no plan to build houses in Southill.

Expansive plans for new roads aside, it has been alleged that the only plan Regeneration have is to put topsoil over the land, and flog it off to the highest bidder.

With the fastest growing population in Europe, how true is it that these areas, as land banks, are being reserved as a long-term punt?

Jackie McMahon

Granville Park

Limerick

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