BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
of the Moyross Residents' Alliance, Tommy Daly, attended a meeting
of the curiously titled 'Moyross Partners' on 18th March 2009.
Mr. Daly said that he wasn't formally invited to the meeting
but was asked to accompany a resident who believed that a regeneration
meeting was taking place.
meeting wasn't open to ordinary residents but was discussing
matters and making decisions that will affect all the residents
of Moyross," said Mr. Daly
the of Paul Partnership, Community Enterprise Board, Limerick
City Council, the Northside Regeneration Agency and the Agency-run
residents forum were in attendance.
meetings are taking place every month and yet ordinary residents
don't know what's going on because no one is telling them. What
is the point in having these meetings if the residents of Moyross
are not being informed? Indeed, what's the point in having a
resident's forum when there is no real debate? The decision
to demolish our estate was made over our heads and the area
is being deliberately run down so that people will want to move
out. In my view, the residents of Moyross were very poorly represented
by those purporting to do so at the meeting."
Daly said that "one so-called residents rep challenged
my presence at the meeting and had the affront to ask me where
and when the Moyross Residents Alliance held our meetings. I
informed the meeting that the MRA holds regular committee meetings
and had written to both Limerick City Council and Mr. Brendan
Kenny of the Regeneration Agency on numerous occasions but had
never once received a reply."
Moyross Residents Alliance is the only independent residents
group in Moyross and we are the only group informing residents
of their rights. People are being bought out for a pittance
and tenants are being displaced. The place is being run down
and is not properly policed. The residents' forum is a bad joke,
leading residents by nose and not defending people's rights."
said Mr. Daly
invited the Dublin based Tenants First to Moyross and we tried
to get the community hall to hold a Tenants First workshop to
help empower residents, but we were refused. No one from the
residents' forum bothered to attend a Tenants First workshop
in Dublin when they were invited. The MRA has a constitution
and is now affiliated to the newly established Limerick Regeneration
Watch, a citywide organisation for residents living in regeneration
areas. We will continue to defend residents rights and we will
not be brow beaten or bullied by anyone," he concluded.
to Editor: The Moyross Residents Alliance
is representative of both homeowners and tenants living in Moyross
and was formed to ensure that all residents have their rights
upheld during the regeneration process. The local regeneration
committees seem to be failing in this regard and are not representing
our views. So far over 250 households are affiliated, with more
joining everyday .- 23/03/08
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