Answers sought on LDA housing projects in Limerick

Fine Gael councillor Sarah Kiely called for a "complete picture" of the LDA's plans.

COUNCILLORS want answers from the Land Development Agency (LDA) on all its housing projects in Limerick.

Fine Gael councillor Sarah Kiely had a motion on the agenda at this month’s Metropolitan District meeting calling for a request to be sent to the LDA for an urgent update.

Cllr Kiely told council members that she was hopeful that her proposal would help assist process and delivery.

“The Land Development Agency’s purpose is to maximise the supply of affordable and social homes on public land in a financially sustainable manner, supporting the creation of thriving communities and delivering ongoing positive social impact,” Cllr Kiely told the chamber.

“We need a complete picture of what is happening and what the timescale for delivery is, so I’d like this council to extend an invitation to John Coleman and his team to appear at the May meeting of this council.”

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The City East representative believes the council needs a constructive conversation with the LDA, saying “there is no point in throwing stones. We are where we are now and we need to work together to hold the LDA to account on the painfully slow delivery.”

“Maybe there are good reasons, so let’s hear them in person.”

Cllr Kiely said she is “especially interested in Carey’s Road, obviously a prime location in public ownership with massive potential for a sustainable development”.

Formally seconding the motion, Deputy Mayor Dan McSweeney felt it important that the LDA address council members in an open and public forum.

“We’ve had a number of briefings, all behind closed doors, but I think we need to be open and transparent in the way that the business is carried out in relation to the LDA,” he said.

“The LDA have left us down, but it is time to move on from that now. We now need delivery. They have left Limerick down and the people of Limerick down and it is now time we see action.”