THE first 34 homes of a State sponsored regeneration scheme which began six years ago in the country’s most deprived suburbs have been completed.
Residents to 13 three-bedroomed houses and 21 apartments today received the keys to their properties in Moyross, Limerick.
The project in Cliona Park commenced in 2011 and was completed late last year within budget at a cost of €4.6m.
Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan said the hand-over of keys was not just a pivotal moment for the residents, but for the entire regeneration project.
“This really is a momentous moment for the regeneration process.
“I am delighted to be able to say today that while it has been a long time coming, we are now at the beginning of a very important phase for the regeneration process here in Limerick,” Ms O’Sullivan said.
The sprawling urban area of Limerick city has been governed by three local authorities - Limerick City Council and Limerick and Clare County Councils - but a series of violent incidents in 2006, including an arson attack on two children, led to a public outcry for immediate action.
Limerick’s Regeneration Agencies were established by the government in June 2007 to tackle social problems within four of the city’s urban areas.
The remit of the regeneration agencies ended last June and the project was amalgamated into Limerick City Council.
It is hoped that up to 100 homes under the regeneration project will be completed by the end of the year.