Limerick Councillor Hartigan says O’Connell Street work ‘important to restart economy’

Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works is ‘important to restart the economy’, say Councillor Seán Hartigan.

The Green Party Councillor for Limerick City East said that the revitalisation works will be needed over several months to expand pedestrian facilities and provide dedicated cycling and public transport infrastructure.

He stated that it is now possible to cause fewer disruptions if the works start before the economy is fully opened and it will also provide much-needed construction jobs.

“It’s important to restart the economy where can it can be done safely, work of this nature can be carried out with adherence to safe Covid work practices, traffic volumes and numbers of people are low at the moment so it’s an ideal time to start,” he said.

It could mean city centre businesses will be able to re-open their doors as an attractive destination for consumers.

“There has been a positive reaction from the shop owners that I’ve been speaking to, they are looking forward to a more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly street that will attract people into the city centre”

An artists vision of O’Connell Street after works are complete

The councillor added that the project will also provide a safe place for people to come and shop.

“The wider footpaths will allow greater social distancing, dedicated cycle lanes, reduced parking  along with reduced speeds will increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists.”

Last Monday, Limerick City and County Council confirmed that work on the €9.1m revitalisation of O’Connell Street will proceed.

It comes as on-site works had been due to start last January but had been halted due to Level 5 restrictions.

It is expected that this will see an expansion of O’Connell Street’s status as Limerick’s primary street.

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