Irish Independent - Thursday, 26 August 2010.
chief calls derelict houses a danger
THE man charged with
the regeneration of some of the country's most deprived estates
has admitted that derelict houses pose an ongoing threat to
children's health and safety.
Agencies chief executive Brendan Kenny made his comments after
two children found the body of a dead heroin addict in a vacant
house in Moyross.
The 14-year-old boy
and 10-year-old girl discovered the remains in Hartigan Villas,
Moyross, earlier this month.
The majority of the
homes in the area of the Moyross suburb where the man's body
was discovered are earmarked for demolition.
A total of 400 properties
have been demolished in four suburban Limerick areas.
Another 150 are awaiting
Mr Kenny said burnt
out and vacant properties were an ongoing concern for regeneration
staff and Limerick City Council.
Of the 150 homes
across Moyross, St Mary's Park, Southill and Ballinacurra-Weston,
Mr Kenny said it was taking longer for them to be levelled.
"There can be
complications with them such as having to get the permission
of the owner who may have moved on or left the area. All these
issues have to be addressed before we can proceed," he