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Adds Eoin:

“What if we also reimagined this junction to maximise mobility of the city’s residents in sustainable leverageable ways?

Many residents of the city are driving here. It could be normal to get these people in and out by bike and walking if the environment wasn’t optimised to be hostile for them.

Others live outside the city and are driving into the city and onto Raheen along the Dock Road. To get to Raheen, many of these people could take the tunnel which we built under the Shannon. The tunnel costs money, though.

Well done to the city’s engineers. The junction is flowing quite well from a car perspective.

The trouble with that choice of two-lane 50km/h is that it comes at the cost of other possible ways to cross the Shannon in the city.”


From top: Map showing distance between Mount Trenchard and Foynes; along the N69 road between Mount Trenchard and Foynes

This morning.

Limerick migrant rights support group Doras Luimní called for the immediate closure of the Mount Trenchard direct provision Centre in Co Limerick.

It follows the publication of a 55-page report by Doras which contains research about the centre and details the experiences of some of the men who have lived and live in the centre.

Mount Trenchard is a single male direct provision centre located approximately 40km from Limerick city and 5km from Foynes village.

It was first opened in March 2005, subsequently closed in 2006 and then reopened in January 2007. It is privately managed by Baycaster Ltd.

As of November 2018 the centre had 83 residents with a capacity for 85.

From Doras’s report:

Mount Trenchard is located approximately 40km from Limerick city and approximately 5km from Foynes village, which is a 45-minute walk via a dangerous route from the centre.

The remote location of the Mount Trenchard centre was reported as the biggest challenge for all interviewed residents and impacts on residents in myriad ways, including preventing access to essential services, education and employment, as well as on residents mental health and wellbeing.

Interviewees referred to Mount Trenchard anecdotally as “an open prison” and compared it to Guantanamo Bay, due to the remoteness of the centre.

Such comparisons reflect the isolation and social exclusion experienced by residents.

“A lot of people they call it prison, they use the phrase prison. Because number one it is out of town, number 2 the location is very, very far from the route, which is the express route. Number 3 is you don’t see people around, you don’t see houses, you don’t see people, it’s just the building, where it is the male occupants. So everything that happens, happens within the hostel and inside the hostel.”

The closest amenities are located in Foynes village.

Reflecting on the trip from the centre to Foynes village, residents highlighted that it is a dangerous route with no footpath and with cars travelling at a speed of 100km per hour.

“It’s still dangerous, and last Monday actually somebody threw coffee at me. My friend actually 3 weeks ago somebody threw a diaper at him from the car. Imagine somebody had a diaper in the car, they planned it.”

In the experience of practitioners working with residents of Mount Trenchard, residents might stay in the centre for months on end without any interaction with the outside world.

They underlined that being physically removed from the wider community, with limited access to transport and being unable to walk to the nearest village, has a negative impact on residents’ well-being, including their mental health.

“It kind of comes back to the individual and their own wellbeing and where they’re at, at a given time will depend on how much they engage in something. So they could go for huge amount of time, 6 months to a year without having to interact with anything. And everybody is ok with that. That’s not healthy for lots of reasons.”

The report can be read in full here

Previously: “We Want To Be Heard By The Irish People”

‘Two Residents Were Transferred After Speaking Out’

‘Years In Isolation’

And in Limerick?

Gabriela Avram tweetz:

We can’t let this happen! Let’s join forces and find solutions!


Yesterday, in the Seanad…

Senator Maria Byrne, from Limerick, told the Minister for Communication Richard Bruton:

“My biggest concern is that the University of Limerick wrote to RTÉ two months ago, as well as previously, but has not had the courtesy of a reply.

“The university authorities offered a space on the campus. There are many proposals out there. So many people want to see Lyric FM kept in Limerick. The cultural aspect is so important. Lyric FM has become the meat in the sandwich. There is to be a 100% staff cut.

“The workers are not sure whether they will be offered jobs in Cork or Dublin. This is supposed to be voluntary redundancy but the studio is being closed.

“My understanding is that a kiosk-type facility will be built for the regional correspondent. A studio will not be available if RTÉ, 2FM or anyone else comes to Limerick. That will be a huge disadvantage for Limerick and the region.”

Senator Kieran O’Donnell, also from Limerick, told the minister:

“They have been there since 1999. The studio is the best state-of-the-art facility outside of Donnybrook. It is in the heart of Limerick city and houses the RTÉ regional studio and Lyric FM.

Lyric FM has the lowest cost per hour of any RTÉ station. I would make the counterbalancing case that there is a strong argument for the decentralisation of other arms of RTÉ, such as 2FM, to the Lyric FM studio in Limerick.

“A large amount of capacity is available and the livelihoods of 23 people are at stake.”

Transcript via Oirechtas.ie

Previously: Moya’s Merry Dance

Question Time

The tales of Odysseus related by way of cheeky Limericks by author Emily Wilson, who recently published a translation of Homer’s ’The Odyssey’.

And then there’s the bit where Odysseus’ men eat the cattle of Helios and are struck by a thunderbolt from Zeus.

But what of Athena and the cyclops Polyphemus?

Epic bantz.

But she’s no Moynes.


Padre Pio, relics of whom, including his mitten, will go on display in Limerick this evening

Speaking to the Leader, organiser Fergal Golden said that there are number of relics touched, worn, and blessed by Padre Pio on display.

According to Mr Golden, there are three distinctions of relics. First-class relics are parts of the Saint’s body, so a mitten that was worn on his left hand, and a heart bandage when he bled from a side wound are on display.

Second-class relics are items worn by a Saint, such as a Habit, and third-class relics are items touched by a Saint.

Padre Pio relics to be displayed in Limerick hotel (Limerick Leader)

Pic: Padre Pio Devotions

This morning.

Social Democrats cllr Elisa O’Donovan tweetz:

This is so depressing to see. Cars parked in space where a few months ago beautiful, mature trees had stood. There was such an opportunity to use this green space as a positive community amenity and space shame on previous Limerick Council councillors for voting for this.

Free lunchtime next Wednesday?

In Limerick?

MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) will hold a local election hustings on Direct Provision at Central Buildings at 51 O’Connell St in Limerick city from 1.05pm to 1.55pm.

MASI write:

“Find out where the political parties stand on Direct Provision at this lunchtime event in Central Buildings Limerick. Each party will be given a chance to outline their party’s position, and we will have time for questions at the end.”


In Cork.

Next Thursday, May 16, at 7.30pm in the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs.

The Irish Examiner will hold a debate involving the South candidates for the European Election on May 24.

The event will be moderated by Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner Policial Editor, and Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner Special Correspondent.

Tickets for the event can be booked here

LE 2019 – Lunchtime Hustings on Direct Provision (Facebook)

Limerick’s CCTV project has technology to record the registration of every passing car 24 hours a day

Jess Casey, in the Limerick Leader, reports:

“Serious questions” remain unanswered in relation to a controversial €500,000 smart CCTV project, that has the technology to record the registration of every passing car 24 hours a day, and is installed across 14 Limerick towns and villages.

Limerick City and County Council (LCCC) plans to shortly roll out its Smart CCTV scheme to 13 new locations, although it has yet to receive the findings of a special investigation by the Data Protection Commissioner into its use of the scheme.

…When contacted by the Limerick Leader, a LCCC spokesperson said that CCTV systems in all 14 towns are currently recording footage live in test mode. 

An Garda Siochana can access and download this footage “for the purpose of securing public order”, the spokesperson added.

‘Serious questions’ hang over €500k smart CCTV scheme in Limerick (Limerick Leader)

Pic: Limerick.ie

Limerick people locked out of city after attending hurling match (Century Ireland)