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Saturday 20 September 2014

Deprivation in Moyross 
'still off the
 Richter scale'

David Raleigh

Published 07/08/2014 | 02:30

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LIVING HELL: Burnt-out and boarded-up houses show the kind of damage inflicted on the Moyross and Southill area of Limerick by criminal gangs

SEVEN years after an ambitious regeneration programme was launched for Limerick, one of the city's most notorious areas continues to see levels of deprivation and childhood adversity that are "off the Richter scale", a local priest has warned.

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Moyross parish priest Fr Tony O'Riordan said that while physical regeneration of the estate was "slowly" emerging, social regeneration was barely visible.

Limerick Regeneration was set up in 2007 to address social anarchy in four Limerick City local authority housing estates. Some €3bn in funding was promised, but this has been cut to just under €300m.

Fr O'Riordan said: "We need to be addressing the problems that exist still. I think the focus has gone off that these four estates have social problems, and levels of deprivation, and childhood adversity that were off the Richter scale, and that's why those four areas needed a special focus by government.

"The project is under the direction of the Department of the Environment, and they have been left holding the can, and I suspect they have no expertise on how do you help people who are traumatised. Who are experiencing domestic violence? Who are experiencing addicting? Who have mental health issues?"

Head of Regeneration, Caroline Curley, said there were 139 funded projects operating across Limerick. She admitted planning and economic policy has slowed up delivering specific objectives but "a difference is already happening".

Irish Independent

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