Irish Examiner - Tuesday, June 24, 2008
paid for paint in anti-agency mural
Woulfe, Mid-West Correspondent
PAINT used on a large
house mural, lampooning the agency charged with the regeneration
of Limericks sprawling council estates, was paid for by
Limerick City Council, it was confirmed yesterday.
The mural was painted
by community activist, Cathal McCarthy as his way of protesting
at the exclusion of his small estate from the regeneration programme.
Limerick City Council
has confirmed that the mural, which depicts a Simpsons scene
and a wrecking ball, was done with paint paid for by the council.
Mr McCarthy said:
"The protest mural has been well received. It shows how
we feel about the whole regeneration project."
Mr McCarthy, a painter
and decorator, spent two days working on the mural on the gable
end of a boarded-up house in Weston Gardens, where he heads
the residents association.
Mr McCarthy said
residents are angered at the news the nine terraced houses in
Weston Gardens have not been included in the remit of the Southside
He accused the regeneration
agency of showing contempt for his area.
A spokesman for Limerick
City Council said it had provided funding to Mr McCarthy to
do some paint work to improve the areas appearance.
He said: "We
did not know it would be used to protest at the regeneration
agency. We decided to help with the cost of painting. We did
not know that it was going to be this mural. It was to improve
the appearance of the end of the terrace as it faces into a
boundary lane where it accesses Rosbrien Road."
The head of the two
regeneration agencies set up in Limerick, Brendan Kenny, has
taken the message from Mr McCarthys mural in good spirit.
Mr Kenny said: "I
dont think the Simpsons would allow an organisation to
bully them into submission and I dont think the residents
in Weston Gardens would allow it either."
Three houses in the
estate were acquired by Limerick City Council in 2005 after
they were burned out.
But plans to refurbish
them were halted in the belief the estate would be rebuilt as
part of the regeneration programme.
Mr Kenny has denied
claims by residents their estate had been excluded from the
regeneration programme as most of the houses are privately owned.