Do We Raise Children In Drug Infested Slums?
writing this as an open letter to Mayor John Gilligan.
Following an interview which the parish priest of Southill gave
to Pat Kenny recently re anti-social activity in our area, a
circular (which you probably saw) was sent to all residents
in our area.
The circular suggested
that if we did not control our children, we would not be considered
for a new house under the Regeneration programme. This circular
was signed by Brendan Hayden of Limerick Regeneration and Anne
Marie McMahon of an Garda Siochana.
Although I sympathise
fully with any residents who may have had a window broken or
were caused any annoyance by these young people, this circular
I have lived in Southill
for nearly 40 years, and I would say that our estate was one
of the most abused and/or neglected estates in the country,
and seems to have gotten worse since the 'Regeneration' programme
My partner, through
no fault of his own, has been unemployed since the Shannon Foundry
closed. Southill has gone from a working class estate to a social
Over the years we
have produced two Limerick mayors (your good self included).
We had the biggest tenants association in the country and fought
a long and sometimes bitter rent strike, which on a number of
occasions resulted in families being evicted from their homes.
At one stage our
association was condemned at Sunday mass for supporting family
planning. I wonder does our present parish priest still support
this Roman Catholic dogma.
Our estate became
a recruitment ground for the IRA and is now a breeding ground
for drug dealers and users.
When my 10-year old
grandson asks, "Nana, why is the house next door all boarded
up and the one on the other side a burned shell?", what
do I tell him? How do I explain? How would you explain, Mayor
Gilligan? Do I also tell him that the Celtic Tiger was just
a greedy animal that never came near our area?
I have not got the
answers Mayor Gilligan, but sending out threatening circulars
is in my opinion a copout. Can you or any officials at Limerick
City council advise me as to the best way to raise children
in a drug infested slum?
Limerick Leader - Published Date: 20 April 2009
Regeneration Watch says:
regeneration areas were promised a dedicated Garda service
in the Fitzgerald Report. This never happened and
rather than restoring "confidence and stability"
instead we got this letter. Click on the image to