Council to inspect derelict toll house

Athlunkard bridge toll house at the turn of the 20th century.
Athlunkard bridge toll house at the turn of the 20th century.

LIMERICK City and County Council is to inspect the old Athlunkard Bridge toll house following recent reports of anti-social behaviour at the property.

The local authority said it intends to use its powers under the Derelict Sites Act to “improve the situation at the toll bridge”.

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“Limerick City and County Council had engaged with the owner a couple of months back and as result the property was secured and rubbish removed from the back of the property,” commented a spokesperson for the council.

The spokesperson added that the building is not yet on the list of protected structures maintained by Limerick City and County Council, however the local authority plans to review the list “with a view to adding this structure”.

Last week, Fianna Fáil councillor Cathal Crowe called on Limerick City and County Council to secure the property in a bid to solve the problem of anti-social behaviour on the site.

The old toll house has stood on the Limerick side of the Athlunkard Bridge for almost 200 years, and the historic building has recently fallen into a state of dereliction.

According to Cllr Crowe, it has been used “as a dark, dingy hangout for teenagers and has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour” for more than a year.