Concerns raised in Limerick over plans for homeless refuge

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSAlan JacquesAssociated Charities Trust (ACT)Fianna FáilLabour PartylimerickLimerick City and County CouncilThomond HousethomondgateTom ShorttWillie O’Dea TD WhatsApp Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsLocal NewsConcerns raised in Limerick over plans for homeless refugeBy Alan Jacques – July 16, 2015 870 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printcenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Previous articleLimerick leading nationwide campaign for rural recoveryNext articleOpinion – Insanity: Limerick Hurling Alan Jacques Twitter Facebook Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Willie O’Dea outside Collins’ Cottages in Thomondgateby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Willie O’Dea outside Collins’ Cottages in ThomondgatePLANNING should not be granted for new homeless accommodation across from Thomond House in Thomondgate.That’s the opinion of Limerick Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea, who believes that the area cannot cope with another homeless shelter across from the women’s refuge on Brown’s Quay.He made the comments in response to a planning application by Associated Charities Trust (Thomond House) to build a multi-storey apartment building comprising 18 one-bedroom apartments, recreational space, parking facilities and ancillary accommodation together with associated site development works.“Local residents are already at their wits end dealing with anti-social behaviour caused by some of the residents in Thomond House, never mind a new facility being opened across the road in derelict houses known locally as Collins Cottages. As it is, it’s not unusual for children to come upon drug related paraphernalia, left strewn around by some of the residents of Thomond House,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post.“In recent years, Thomond House moved out all the older long time residents and replaced them with younger more volatile clients, and some of these have engaged in serious anti-social behaviour to the detriment of the neighbourhood.”While he concedes that there is a need for more homeless accommodation in the city, he maintains Thomondgate isn’t a suitable site due to the high concentration of homeless and sheltered accommodation in that area already.“In short, Thomondgate is overloaded with these facilities.“If local residents wish to object or make an observation on the planning application, they must do so in writing to The Planning Office, Limerick City and County Council, Patrick Street, Limerick by Wednesday July 22, accompanied by a fee of €20 and quoting planning reference number 15/432. The decision is due on the application by August 12, 2015,” he explained.Labour Party member Tom Shortt who lives 50 yards from the site, maintains that some of the opposition to the proposal is based on misinformation. He said that there is also support based on understanding that the Thomond House proposal is a opportunity to see badly needed development going ahead to reverse decades of dereliction and to improve the appearance and image of the area.“These sites at a busy entry and exit point to the city from Kileely, Moyross, Meelick and Parteen have been derelict for 25 years and the deterioration of both sites over such a long time is demoralising, particularly for the residents of Thomondgate who live close by, as they are an eyesore and project a negative image of the area,” Mr Shortt commented.“I have supported the project consistently, to see the development going ahead in order to improve the environment in the area, to provide jobs in construction and to provide homes during a period when there is a crisis in homelessness,” he added.Limerick City and County Council pointed out that it has a long association with Thomond House in terms of the delivery of homeless services to one of the most marginalised groups in the county. Vulnerable females have been resident in the emergency accommodation at Thomond House since the early 1990’s.“At Deputy O’Dea’s request, the Council and the HSE met with local residents to help resolve concerns in relation to Thomond House earlier this year,” a council spokesman explained.The proposed development at Brown’s Quay previously had planning permission, which was revised to take into account new guidelines issued by the OPW. The development is not classified as a homeless facility and Associated Charities Trust own and manage a number of such independent living units within the Limerick Metropolitan area.“Limerick City and County Council’s Home and Social Development Department supports the project in terms of developing a site which has been derelict for a significant period. The  new development will provide a major lift to the area in this regard.“The local authority feels the most important reason for supporting the project, and as Deputy O’Dea has himself has acknowledged in recent times, is the current lack of quality housing in the Limerick Metropolitan area. This project will deliver 18 one-bed apartments.”last_img read more

Taken at Midnight, Starring Penelope Wilton, Will Play the West End

first_imgThe Chichester Festival Theatre production of Taken at Midnight will transfer to the West End. The Mark Hayhurst play, directed by Jonathan Church, will begin performances on January 15, 2015 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. All ten members of the Chichester cast, including Penelope Wilton, will reprise their performances in London. Press night is set for January 26. Taken at Midnight follows Irmgard Litten, the mother of celebrated Jewish lawyer Hans Litten, who puts Hitler on the stand in 1930s Germany. The play explores her courageous efforts to help him, but not without devastating consequences. Taken at Midnight will run through March 14, 2015. The production features set deisng by Robert Jones, lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Mike Wlaker and music by Matthew Scott. In addition to Wilton, who takes on the role of Irmgard Litten, the cast will include Martin Hutson as Hans Litten, Allan Corduner as Fritz Litten, Pip Donaghy as Erich Mühsam, Mike Grady as Carl von Ossietzky, John Light as Dr. Conrad, David Yelland as Lord Clifford Allen, Marc Antolin as Gustav Hammerman, Christopher Hogben as Hotelier and Dermot McLaughlin as SA Officer. View Commentslast_img read more