Irish Examiner - Tuesday, January 15, 2008
vows: I'll stay in Moyross even it is razed
Woulfe, Mid-West Correspondent
A HOME owner who
has vowed to oppose plans by Limericks regeneration board
to bulldoze Moyross, says he wouldnt want to live anywhere
Daly, whose family also have three privately-owned houses in
the sprawling estate, claimed their property rights are being
He revealed there
has been no consultation with the authorities who plan to flatten
1,200 houses in Moyross.
The multi-phase demolition
scheme will also target Southill and Ballinacurra Weston in
a €700 million project which envisages the creation of
two new towns.
But Mr Daly warned
people who own their homes in the huge Moyross estate cannot
be trampled on.
He was one of the
first council tenants to move into Moyross nearly 23 years ago
but, 10 years ago, bought out from Limerick City Council his
home at 60, Delmege Park.
He further acquired
three other houses at 57, 58 and 75 Delmege Park for his sons.
Mr Daly said: "I
and my sons dont want to live anywhere else. We own our
own properties and this regeneration agency is going around
announcing that all houses, including the homes we own, will
be demolished without as much as a word with me or my sons.
"We have rights
and we have invested a lot of money to improve our homes. We
are not going to be treated like tenants of the council."
As home owners, he
said, they have the same rights as any other property owners
in the land.
Mr Daly insisted:
"If an organisation came in and told the owners of homes
in another part of the city that their properties were being
levelled without further warning, there would be a public outcry.
I and my sons own our homes in Moyross and we have the same
rights as any other home owner and we wont be talked down
his own home, he had invested in excess of €150,000 in
Mr Daly said he values
his house at around €300,000.
He said: "If
they want me to move, they cant give me just any house
and will have to give me a house of he same value. I am a very
patient man but theres only so much you can take."
Mr Daly said he and
his sons will insist on replacement properties which reflect
the value of their current homes.
He or his family
will not consider moving out of their homes to make way for
the proposed wide scale demolition until agreed properties are
ready for them.
Mr Daly said: "Like
any other private home owners, we will have to be compensated
if we have to move from where we have lived since Moyross was
first built. But that is for another day.
"Most of the
people here are council tenants and are being dictated to because
they dont own their own homes.
"We are not
going to be dictated to by this regeneration board and Ill
go to Europe if needs be to uphold my rights as a private property
owner. Within reason, I am not a man to hold up progress for
the community. But I was one of the first in here and bought
my home and also homes for my three sons."
President Mary McAleese
will unveil the vision documents for the regeneration of Moyross,
Southill and Ballinacurra Weston in Limerick next Monday.
boards document outlines how more than 2,500 houses in
Southill, Moyross and Ballinacurra Weston, all built by Limerick
City Council will be razed to the ground and replaced by two
Brendan Kenny, chief
executive of the agency, said yesterday: "In relation to
individual householders, we will be engaging intensely with
those people in the coming months and everybody will get a brand
new home as good if not better than what they have."