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Public not yet privy to future iconic structures report

Limerick Leader By Anne Sheridan

ONE year on and the report on Limerick’s future iconic structures is nearly ready to be unveiled to the public.
The report titled ‘The Revitalisation of Limerick’ will be screened by an elite group of business professionals in the city next Wednesday, December 12, at the Hilton Hotel, before it comes under public scrutiny.

The key players, however, remained tight-lipped about it contents this week. Maria Kelly, chief executive of Limerick Chamber of Commerce, declined to comment on the details of the ten-page report when contacted by the Limerick Leader.

Ms Kelly said the purpose of next week’s meeting is to gather feedback from those who have put forth iconic projects for Limerick in the past year.”Anything which is decided on will then go the public; it won’t be behind closed doors,” she said.

It is understood that the establishment of an independent development agency, which will complement the regener
ation agencies that have been set up under John Fitzgerald’s report, is noted in the report, alongside some five potential developments.

Two consultants for the report – Dr Ed Walsh, founding president of the University of Limerick, and Peter Coyne, formerly the first chief executive of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority – have also declined to comment on the ambitious report.

However, Dr Walsh previously told this newspaper that the report will be “looking at more fundamental issues than iconic projects”.

Shannon Development, Limerick Chamber of Commerce, Limerick Co-Ordination Office and UL have been involved in the project.

UL’s Prof Eamonn Murphy, who chaired the series of brainstorming sessions, said the next stage is to source financing for the shortlisted projects, which include a multicultural village, an Irish diaspora centre and a multi-purpose event centre.

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