New Mungret road could lead to 2,000 new homes in Limerick

Minister of State, Kieran O’Donnell, Cllr. Gerald Mitchell Mayor of the City and County of Limerick together with representatives from Limerick City and County Council. Photo: Keith Wiseman.

A NEW road that has the potential to unlock almost 2,000 housing units in Limerick was officially launched this week.

Stage two of the Mungret Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) road was launched this week, designed to give access to 59.6 hectares of land, 27.1 hectares of which is owned by Limerick City and County Council.

1,900 homes could now be developed on the site, as well as a mixed use development at Mungret College, a new secondary school, development of Mungret GAA and Dooneen Athletics Clubs, and public areas with safe walking and cycling routes.

The new road has an estimated cost of €28million, primarily funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage, as well as the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Limerick City and County Council.

Stage one of the project saw the construction of 300 metres of road, from the R510 into Mungret Gate, and facilitated the construction of 203 housing units.

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The newly-launched stage two, 1,610 metres of road, will facilitate the building of 1,700 homes, with stage three projected to be another 600 metres of road.

Launching the new road, Mayor Gerald Mitchell said that projects like the LIHAF bring the council closer to being able to provide hundreds of more homes.

“The Mungret LIHAF road stage two brings us significantly closer to providing homes for hundreds more families in a welcoming and sustainable setting with easy access to local amenities providing a better quality of life.

“By prioritising pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, we are creating safer, healthier, and more liveable neighbourhoods for generations to come,” the Mayor said.

Limerick Minister of State Kieran O’Donnell said that the project was a “significant milestone”.

“The Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund is a key element of the Government’s Housing for All plan and we are seeing it delivering for the people of Limerick here in Mungret.”