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Limerick city is dying


antiestablishmentarian

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Despite all the talk about the banks and the scandalous bailout costs, the real price being paid by the ordinary working people of this country is still out of sight to the commercial press. I was in Limerick today, where I usually live but not at the moment, and having been away 2 months the state of the place is shocking. I was walking down O'Connell St to William St coming from the direction of the Island and for the first third of the way the left hand side of the street was nothing but boarded up shops; Cruises St was deserted and quite a few of the shops there were closed and boarded up. The situation around the bus station is similar, with deserted & abandoned shops and all the rest of it. The only new 'developments' I saw were a pawn shop, and a couple of pound shops, including one on O'Connell St where there used to be a record shop. I must say I was speechless at the extent of the economic death spiral and urban decay that has taken root in the city centre there. Its the 3rd city of the state ffs, and the state of the place is a damning indictment of Fianna Fáil gombeen capitalism and the disastrous effects of over-dependence on the 'benevolence' of foreign multi national corporations.
 

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My brother was up from Limerick and he was amazed at how lively Dublin was. Dubs here complain about various things but they've no idea how bad Limerick is. I am from Limerick and it is like Detroit, the main street is half boarded up. It is a disaster, there's a sense of real doom there. There is nothing happening. I am surprised RTE don't show it more.
 

Munion

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Limerick may well be dying and I can guarantee Cork will murder them in the next round of the championship ;)
 

seabhcan

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Limerick is suffering from insane over developement of commercial property. Too many shopping centers and hotels. How anyone ever thought a city of 100k people could support so many shopping centers and hotels is a mystery to me. Last I heard they are still going ahead with the new 'Opera' shopping center in the center, and there is a plan for a pedestrian new shopping street.

Limerick city would be bustling if they hadn't allowed an endless sea of out-of-town shopping centers to be built. A lot of that was zoned by Limerick county council to steal rates away from their rival - Limerick City council. Now the footfall is too widely dispersed and everyone is suffering.

Limerick retail would be suffering even if the recession hadn't hit.
 

juanpablo

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I'm sure Limericks many out of town shopping malls are doing as ok as can be expected in these challenging times.
 
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Despite all the talk about the banks and the scandalous bailout costs, the real price being paid by the ordinary working people of this country is still out of sight to the commercial press. I was in Limerick today, where I usually live but not at the moment, and having been away 2 months the state of the place is shocking. I was walking down O'Connell St to William St coming from the direction of the Island and for the first third of the way the left hand side of the street was nothing but boarded up shops; Cruises St was deserted and quite a few of the shops there were closed and boarded up. The situation around the bus station is similar, with deserted & abandoned shops and all the rest of it. The only new 'developments' I saw were a pawn shop, and a couple of pound shops, including one on O'Connell St where there used to be a record shop. I must say I was speechless at the extent of the economic death spiral and urban decay that has taken root in the city centre there. Its the 3rd city of the state ffs, and the state of the place is a damning indictment of Fianna Fáil gombeen capitalism and the disastrous effects of over-dependence on the 'benevolence' of foreign multi national corporations.
Those shops along Rutland and Partick street were all bought up by some developer. They were planning to "re-develop" the area but then the Lehman Brothers collapsed and now the project's on permanent hiatus along with the 7 billion regeneration project. It's be a great legacy for the PD thinking if it wound up like Detroit.

It happening everywhere. Even in the towns such as Shannon and Ennis are losing jobs and public services and are going to become even worse.

It's scandalous that the bankers in Anglo-Irish still get their bonus and drug dealing scumbags like yer man Dunway can get their daughter a Cinderella style pony and trap for her communion while we have to take cutbacks in services.
 

toughbutfair

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Limerick should only have 1 council. The county is trying to steal business from the city so the city has less business and have put massive rates on them to raise the money.

the city is dead.
 

Glucose

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Despite all the talk about the banks and the scandalous bailout costs, the real price being paid by the ordinary working people of this country is still out of sight to the commercial press. I was in Limerick today, where I usually live but not at the moment, and having been away 2 months the state of the place is shocking. I was walking down O'Connell St to William St coming from the direction of the Island and for the first third of the way the left hand side of the street was nothing but boarded up shops; Cruises St was deserted and quite a few of the shops there were closed and boarded up. The situation around the bus station is similar, with deserted & abandoned shops and all the rest of it. The only new 'developments' I saw were a pawn shop, and a couple of pound shops, including one on O'Connell St where there used to be a record shop. I must say I was speechless at the extent of the economic death spiral and urban decay that has taken root in the city centre there. Its the 3rd city of the state ffs, and the state of the place is a damning indictment of Fianna Fáil gombeen capitalism and the disastrous effects of over-dependence on the 'benevolence' of foreign multi national corporations.
I agree, I was there recently and was shocked by the condition of retail in the city centre.

Limerick also lacks character, charm and an atmosphere.
 

disgruntledcitizen

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tbh with the exception of the "Dell" years limerick to the best of my recollection has been on a slow steady decline and not from a very high starting point
 

eoghanacht

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doesn't Limerick mean a lonely desolate place in old Irish?
 

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Limerick is turning into a US style doughnut city thanks to the proliferation of "social" housing in and around the city centre. Anyone with any money is moving to the outskirts and shopping in out of town shopping malls. The town centre is being abandoned to the thugs in the tracksuits, who if I had my way would be housed somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
 

eoghanacht

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Cheeky blogger LOL

And the siege of Limerick was in the 1650s :)
:):)

I bet you decend from his soliders that were given the stolen land though
 

eoghanacht

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Nope. Like all other Irish cities with the exception of Kilkenny, its name derives from a word for swamp or marshland.
Well how more lonier and desolate places will you find then a swamp?
 
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