Limerick Independent - Wednesday, 15 April 2009
take their case to Brussels
by Rachael Finucane
A DELEGATION including
residents from Weston Gardens and Moyross will address the European
Parliament Petitions Committee in Brussels this Thursday to
outline the illegal dumping, anti-social behaviour and intimidation
blighting the areas.
by community activist and local election candidate, Cathal McCarthyis
being supported by Munster MEP, Kathy Sinnott.
visited Weston Gardens in June 2007 and Mr McCarthy will now
further outline the communitys plight with a seven minutes
Mr McCarthy said
that the small estate is a microcosm for whats happening
in all the other estates.
Other local delegates
joining Mr McCarthy on the mission will include Tommy Daly,
Mark Franklin from the Moyross Residents Alliance.
is being broken up and the place is going to wrack and ruin.
I have proof. Realistically, the regeneration project is based
on the sale of private houses and apartments and using the money
for community facilities and improvement. It needs €1.6
billion in private investment; thats unrealistic. I think
theyre hoping that the economy will eventually get back
on track but we could be left stewing until then, he said.
He added that on
a visit to the Ballymun Regeneration Project last week he was
horrified and saw new houses and shops boarded up;
new apartments empty and people feel less safe because
anti-social behaviour has not been tackled.
I will be appealing
to the committee to launch a further investigation and send
a delegation here. The city council has done work in the estates
recentlycleaning up green areas and baiting for verminand
I will tell the committee, Thats a positive thing
youve done. Europe has to see the relevance of what
were doing to ordinary lives and in other member states.
Mr McCarthy said
that his presentation will also address a response from Irish
authorities to the committee in February 2008, which he claims
said that everything was great and fine in Weston Gardens.
It said that it had found someone to provide a waste service
for the area but we were never informed about this.
MEP Sinnott said
that the residents came to her because they were concerned
about their neighbourhood; elderly residents were being harassed
to sell their homes for next to nothing; people were being terrorised;
houses were being burnt out. It was one neighbourhood that was
really trying to fight back.
tragedies like the killings of Shane Geoghegan and Roy Collins,
there is a need to get down to neighbourhood level and root
out violence and drug culture; to root out thugs who terrorise
and force people out. The local authority and the Government
need to tackle this problem. Weston Gardens has already won
the heart of the committee and I think they will write some
strong recommendations and contact Government ministers.
She added that one
third of the cases from the petitions committee go on to the