Limerick Leader - Wednesday, 9 January, 2008
to launch regeneration plans
By David Hurley
PRESIDENT Mary McAleese will officially launch
the vision documents for the regeneration of Moyross and Southill
later this month during a day-long visit to Limerick.
President McAleese will travel to Limerick City and Askeaton
on Monday January 21, when she will carry out a number of public
The vision documents for Moyross and Southill are the first
steps towards the completion of master plans forADVERTISEMENTthe
regeneration of the areas, in accordance with the John Fitzgerald
report, which was published last year.
Chief Executive of the Limerick Regeneration Agencies, Brendan
Kenny, welcomed confirmation that President McAleese has accepted
the invite to launch the vision documents. "The President
is coming down to launch both documents, the northside one in
the morning and southside one in the afternoon. The documents,
at that stage, will be printed and they will be available for
everyone on the day so we are doing the finishing work on both
documents as it stands because there are a lot of stakeholders
and there are a lot of community residents to talk to about
it but yes they will certainly be completed by that day."
It is expected the vision documents will confirm the intention
to demolish Many of the 1,100 houses in Moyross, and the 1,300
in Southill and Ballinacurra Weston to make way for the new
towns which will include a mix of social and private housing.
Brendan Kenny says he hopes work on the construction of the
new towns will get under way early in 2009.
Mr Kenny added that talks are continuing with the Garda authorities
about the new arrangements which he feels will be needed to
police the planned new towns.
Up to 100 extra gardaí have been promised for the two
areas under the John Fitzgerald report and during a visit to
Limerick last month Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy confirmed
that 60 of the additional gardaí have already been deployed.