Irish Examiner - Tuesday, 26 June 2007
regeneration chief takes up post
man charged with regenerating crime-ridden parts of Limerick
city took up his new post yesterday pledging immediate action.
Brendan Kenny, the
new chief executive of the two regeneration boards for Southill
and Moyross said his boards will set out straight away to draw
up two master plans.
And he promised people
in the areas they are setting out to change for the better,
and will see action on the ground sooner rather than later.
Mr Kenny said: I
would hope we will have some interventions for early wins. Otherwise
people will feel its just the same again. For credibility
we will have to have early wins.
Mr Kenny said two
separate vision documents will be a priority.
He added: These
should be strong documents and give hope to people who wouldnt
Up to last week Mr
Kenny, as Assistant Dublin City Manager was in charge of huge
urban renewal projects in deprived parts of Dublin with budgets
His two new boards
will meet for the first time tomorrow in Moyross and Southill
and will be chaired by John Fitzgerald the former Dublin city
manager who was called in by the government to carry out a report
to tackle social exclusion in Moyross and Southill.
Mr Kenny said he
had tackled housing and social issues in areas of Dublin such
as Ballymun and Fatima Mansions.
He said: Regeneration
would be a big issue for me over the past four or five years
and I hope to bring this kind of experience to Limerick.
Mr Kenny said the
total demolition of huge numbers of vandalised houses had already
got under way.
these buildings was not an option, he said.
A more comprehensive
job is needed to today and that is what is required in Limerick.
Houses with their roofs burned out do not create the right environment,
Speaking from his
office at the enterprise park located in the old Krupps factory,
Mr Kenny said crucial issues which needed to be tackled included
crime, child welfare, health and education.
At present he is
putting together two action teams which will take responsibility
for implementing the master plans.
He intends to have
the two master plans agreed by October and these will be translate
aspirations of the Fitzgerald report into specific programmes