The people of Limerick City are being urged to Stand Up and Fight against the proposals by Denis Brosnan’s local government report to abolish Limerick City as an independent local authority.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne is asking Limerick people to support her “Save Our City” campaign by attending a public rally this Friday, October 22nd 2010 at 1pm outside the main entrance to the Milk Market, Carr Street, Limerick.

Mayor Byrne will address the gathering at 1pm and wants to send a strong message to Minister for the Environment and Local Government, John Gormley TD who will be in the vicinity at that time.

Mayor Maria Byrne is urging people to: Have Pride in Limerick City, Our Identity and Our History by rejecting the proposals to amalgamate Limerick City and County which abolishes the entity of Limerick City.

She declared: “Limerick City needs a boundary extension, taking in its suburbs so we can be a strong regional city of over 100,000 people,” she said. “If the proposals in the Brosnan report go ahead we will lose our city, our identity and over 1000 years of history will just disappear. Limerick is already falsely portrayed as Ireland’s fourth city as half the population of Limerick city officially live in County Limerick.

The Brosnan Report argues the need for a strong city and that strong cities drive strong regions but this is best achieved through an immediate boundary extension,” she argues.

The City Council believes that a boundary extension is better for Limerick City because:

  • Businesses Rates in the city can be cut immediately if the boundary extension is granted
  • Amalgamation will mean a weaker Limerick City
  • Investment in the city will fall if it is merged
  • Limerick needs immediate action-Brosnan will take years to deliver
  • Only a City Council will focus on the City
  • Who will speak for Limerick City?

Those attending the public meeting this Friday are asked to attend at 1pm SHARP outside the entrance to the Limerick Milk Market on Carr Street (Watergate Flats side)

Last update:20/10/2010