Parts of Limerick City classified as most deprived in the country – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin Limerick City TD Maurice Quinlivan today commented on new figures released by Pobal which show parts of Limerick are the most deprived areas in the country.
Speaking today, Deputy Quinlivan said:
“Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise as it is well known that parts of our city have been forgotten and left behind the economic recovery.
“Announcements of jobs, better facilities and investment in education and infrastructure totally bypass certain areas, and this data proves it.
“This analysis by Pobal reveals an area in Limerick is classified as the most disadvantaged in the country, with an unemployment rate of 69% for men and 40% for women, and where just over 2% of the population have gotten the opportunity to go onto third level.
“When compared with the most affluent area, the extent of the inequality is disturbing. The most affluent area is in Dublin city centre which has a male unemployment rate of just 5.6% and a female unemployment rate of just 3.05%, while 81% of the population have a third level education.
“The John’s A electoral division in Limerick city is in my constituency, and I personally know many of the people who live there and most feel like they’ve been forgotten about and abandoned. The lack of facilities and supports for further education feeds into these figures.
“The government must react to this data and ensure greater resources are provided to try and bridge the massive chasm that exists between affluent and deprived areas across Ireland.
“The funding of €3 million for social intervention under the Limerick regeneration programme must be ring-fenced and additional funding and resourcing should be immediately allocated.
“This will help achieve the aim of improving the quality of life of residents in the regeneration communities, improving health and well-being of the population, improving the social environment and safety on the estates, stabilising community life and supporting civic engagement in the community.”