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Sinn Féin welcomes the adoption of Regeneration Master Plans by Limerick City Council

28 October, 2008

Limerick Sinn Féin's Maurice Quinlivan (North Ward) and Tom Collopy (East Ward) have strongly welcomed the adoption by Limerick City Council of the master plans for the regeneration of Moyross, Southill, Ballinacurra Weston and St. Mary's Park.

Speaking today as the Council adopted the plans Maurice Quinlivan said, "I and my party are keen to offer our continued support for the plans to improve living conditions, facilities and services in the regeneration areas, something for which Sinn Fein has been campaigning for over many years. This is bigger than the regeneration areas themselves and will have a huge positive impact on the whole city and its surrounds.

"Today's master plans are the culmination of a lot of work by the agencies with a huge and valuable contribution from many people living and working in the regeneration areas. I am particularly pleased that many of the ideas, polices and suggestions advocated by myself and Sinn Féin over a number of years are contained within the master plans. It is my firm belief that the implementation of the Master Plan will have the effect in time of transforming all these areas into desirable and safe areas in which to live, work and travel to for leisure purposes.

"What is needed now is something to show that physical regeneration will happen. This is an opportune time for action as, with the economic downturn contining, the regeneration has the potential to put large numbers of people back to work. There should be an immediate emphasis on removing derelict houses -- there are nearly 30 such houses in Delmege Park alone. These derelict houses are a blight on the community and all such houses should be removed as a priority. Also, for instance, in Moyross the regeneration agency should fast track the building of the retirement village to demonstrate that regeneration is a reality. It is time to move from plans to action."

Tom Collopy added: "The plans as adopted today have the potential to deliver huge fundamental change to the quality of life in these seriously deprived and long neglected areas."

"It is important to emphasise that this is just the beginning and that there is a huge amount of work to be done which will require a long-term commitment -- and major investment of resources from the Government. I am concerned that in these difficult economic times the government will attempt to row back on its commitment to deliver regeneration. What we definitely don't need now is what we have had too many times in the past: fine words which have led to little or no action on the ground." Críoch

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