Moyross Residents' Alliance
take part in Community & Voluntary Fare
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Above: Tom Baker (Vice-Chair) Tommy Daly (Chair) and Jamie Daly (Events Chair), man the MRA information stall at the Community & Voluntary Fare, which took place at City Hall on Sunday 12 September 2010. Picture courtesy of Munster Images

The Moyross Residents Alliance was one of 55 Community based organisation that participated in this years Community & Voluntary Fare.

There was great interest in the MRA information stall; people were shocked by the true extent of the Regeneration Agency's legal remit - the Northside Regeneration Area, (which was displayed in our 'Master' Plans section).

People wer horrified by the way perfectly good houses were being knocked while derelict ones are left standing. There was particular interest in the MRA sponsored St. Francis Community Garden and were surprised to learn that most of the work was carried out by members of the MRA - the media had given all the credit to the 'Monks of Moyross'

We also emphasised the lack of real consultation by the Agency when producing the so-called 'Master' plans.

Neither the Regeneration Agency or their residents' forum were present.

We handed out information leaflets which explained our reason for being and the work we do:

The Moyross Residents' Alliance (MRA) is the only independent residents' group in Moyross. The MRA is representative of both homeowners and tenants living in Moyross and was formed to ensure that all residents have their rights upheld during the regeneration process.

The local regeneration forum committees seem to be failing in this regard and are not representing our views.

In contrast to the Regeneration Agency established forum, the MRA is a properly constituted and active organisation that is run by the residents and for the residents.

  • We write letters on behalf of our members, highlighting their individual problems to the relevant agency.

  • We highlight areas of concern to our Community; environmental issues like illegal dumping, health & safety issues such as rat infestations and unsecured vacant houses, and security problems regarding anti-social and criminal behaviour.

  • We sponsor and organise positive Community Events such as the Moyross Charity Event (Monks v Gardaí 16/05/10), St. Francis Community Garden and 'Stars in the Hood'.

  • We will be launching our new quarterly newsletter, The Moyross People in November.

So far over 300 households are members, with more joining everyday. We are recognised by Government Ministers and Departments, Limerick City Council, An Garda Síochána, Local TD's and City Councillors. We even have recognition from semi-state bodies such as the ESB, who recently wrote to us to thank us for averting an electrical black out in Moyross; the local forum was aware of this situation but failed to highlight it. However, the Regeneration Agency refuses to acknowledge our existence.

The Moyross Residents' Alliance is affiliated to Limerick Regeneration Watch and was part of its delegation to the EU Parliament in Brussels on 16th April 2009, which successfully petitioned the EU on environmental issues, prompting the Regeneration Agency to sponsor a €500,000 clean-up of all regeneration areas.

As a member of Limerick Regeneration Watch, the MRA is allied with the Ballinacurra Weston Residents' Alliance, the Weston Gardens Residents' Association and individual residents' in St. Mary's Park and Southill.

Click Here to view a selection of photos from the event.