One of the most appalling features of Limerick’s Regeneration Programme is the displacement of families. By Nov 2011, the figure had reached over 1,000. The main reason for relocating cited by those ‘choosing’ to leave is anti-social behaviour. Tenants in social housing are relocated in other estates in Limerick City or county, or other counties, whereas home owners are presented with the following ‘choices’:
1: Wait for their new house to be built 2: Sell their home to the council at the ‘market’ rate: €30 — €80K, depending on the area. 3: Give up their home in exchange for €35K and rented accommodation elsewhere in the city. 4: In some cases, accept ‘deeds for deeds’ in exchange for taking a house within the regeneration area. However, this house will not be refurbished.
IMPACT ON SCHOOLS
Corpus Christi National School — Moyross
2007: Pupils enrolled — 272
2011: Pupils enrolled — 171
Our Lady of Lourdes National School — Rosbrien
2007: Pupils enrolled — 224
2011: Pupils enrolled — 188
Southill Junior School
2007: Pupils enrolled — 71 (All walked to school)
2011: Pupils enrolled — 63 (Most are bussed in from other areas).