Limerick Chamber has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan to proceed with the planned Coonagh to Knockalisheen road.
The Coonagh to Knockalisheen road had been the subject of controversy in recent weeks after Mr Ryan had failed to sign off on the project and told local community groups at a meeting in January of his plans to change the project to include light rail.
Speaking to the Limerick Voice, Limerick Chamber CEO Dee Ryan said: “Progress of the Coonagh to Knockalisheen scheme will play a vital role in achieving our shared vision of a thriving Limerick city with equal opportunities for access to education and access to employment for all our citizens in Limerick.”
“It can only be a positive thing that we were having such a debate locally about how best to serve the people of Moyross and the surrounding areas of Coonagh and Knockalisheen.”
Ms. Ryan also welcomed the news of a 400m planned investment in housing and a state-of-the-art medical facility to be developed in the area.
The hospital, which will have 150 beds, 40-day care beds as well as a medical training and research centre is being provided by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre or UPMC group.
“The Chamber particularly welcomes the residential element of the development, bringing 200 new units which are badly needed in Limerick. It’s early days yet but the very fact that a medical provider like UPMC is the healthcare partner in this is hugely exciting. UPMC not only builds and operates healthcare investments across the world but is known for locating them in areas that bring real social dividend.”
“We congratulate the local authority on leading and delivering an outcome that has huge promise for this part of the city. It is now essential that we do whatever is necessary to support the delivery of this unprecedented opportunity for Moyross and the wider city and region.”