Councillors call for Horizon Mall sitework to be levelled

The derelict Horizon Mall site. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

“ENOUGH is enough,” was the rallying cry from a Green Party councillor this week in relation to the long-derelict Horizon Mall on the Dublin Road.

Speaking at this Monday’s Metropolitan District meeting, Cllr Sean Hartigan called on the Council to remove the partially built Horizon Mall structure to return the Parkway Valley site to a non-derelict condition.

“Twenty years ago we were told it was going to be a huge shopping centre – Limerick’s retail tourism centre. It was stupid then and it is stupid now. It has been abandoned since 2007 and I can’t be looking at it anymore,” Cllr Hartigan told the council executive.

“It is an eyesore and a source of anti-social behaviour. I am looking at it day in day out for 20 years. Enough is enough.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Kieran O’Hanlon agreed that it was an eyesore on one of the major entrances into the city.

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Former Mayor, Cllr James Collins also felt the Horizon Mall structure should be demolished and the site levelled.

Senior Executive Officer with the council’s Social Development Directorate, Seamus O’Connor told councillors that the site had been placed on the Derelict Sites Register.

“Because of this, it is due to be levied in the near future,” Mr O’Connor explained.

“Did you say levied or levelled? There is a difference,” Cllr Collins pointed out.

“One might lead to the other,” Mr O’Connor replied.