About the Project
Fitzgerald Report - March 2007
In September 2006, two children were badly injured by a petrol bomb thrown into the car in which they were playing at in the Moyross Housing Estate. Following this incident the Goverment appointed Mr. John Fitzgerald, the former Dublin City Manager to urgently report back on possible solutions to a long ongoing spiral of seriours anti-social problems relating to public Housing Estates in LImerick City.
He Presentated his final report to the cabinet sub-Committee on Social Inclusion (chaired by An Taoiseach) in February 2007 and following approval by the Committee the report was published the following Month.
This report forms the basis for the Limerick Regeneration Programme 2009-2018.
Mr. Fitzgerald is a native of County Limerick.
Vision Plans - January 2008
The early work of the Regeneration Agencies consisted of extensive consultation and interaction with the communites of Moyross and Southill which culminated in the Development of an early vision for Regeneration in both areas and these two Vision Plans were launched by President McAlease in Limerick on 21st January 2008.
These Vision Plans helped to inform the Tender Development briefs for the Masterplanning consultants which were subsequently Commissioned by the Agencies.
The development of Masterplans for Moyross, Southill/Ballinacurra Weston and later St. Mary’s Park began in late February 2008 and this process was subsequently integrated into a single Limerick Regeneration Masterplan which was unveiled at a meeting of Limerick City Council on 28th June 2010.
The Masterplan coincide with a sharp down-turn in the National Economy and the latter months of 2008 and most of 2009 was a period of great uncertainty.
However the Government continued to fund the project in relation to continuing demolition, purchase of houses for clearance and various Social Interventions as well as some planning and feasibility work.
In December 2009 in the mist of a very difficult budget process the Government endorsed the principles and vision of the Regeneration Programme for Limerick and requested the Regeneration Agencies to submit proposals for first phase Implementation. Submission for First Phase Proposals
A period of three months was allowed to prepare and submit theses proposals and they were submitted to Government on 7th April 2010.
On the 18th June 2010 An Taoiseach Brian Cowen T.D and the Minister for Housing and Local Services Michael Finneran T. D, announced Government approval for the First Phase Proposals as submitted by the Regeneration Agencies. This represented 26 separate projects and an investment package of €337 Million. It was a key milestone in the progress of the Limerick Regeneration Programme.