‘We are the forgotten people’ – resident

first_imgAdvertisement Email Print Colum Coomey goes walkabout in run-down Ballinacurra Weston, where boarded up houses dot the landscape DRUG dealers are tightening their grip on Ballinacurra Weston….and houses continue to be boarded up. Local activist Joe Lynch is putting the blame at the door of Regeneration, and says they have become the forgotten people. He said: “This area has been devastated by drugs and many residents have been forced out due to intimidation”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He pointed out a boarded up house on Crecora Avenue where a resident was forced out of due to intimidation, after 60 years living in the area.Lynch added: “Many families have been forced to get loans to pay off gangs who came seeking money for their children’s drug debts”.One of Limerick’s deadliest gangs is believed to operate in the area.  He continued: “They attract young lads to the lifestyle by offering them horses and in some cases guns, so they can terrorise residents”.An indicator that drugs are available in the area can be seen from shoes hanging from a telephone wire in the centre of Clarina Avenue.Fellow community activist Sean O’Neill, said the problems had been intensified by the lack of action from Regeneration: “They have done nothing for the people here. All they have done is knock houses and make a ghetto out of the place”.He commented further: “When people in the media questioned what has been done so far, they answered they had sorted out the anti-social behaviour…but that was the work of the gardai”.Patrick O’Grady, who has been a resident in Clarina Avenue for 52 years, told the Limerick Post he was fed up with Regeneration: “If they came along and said we’re not knocking them houses, we’d know where we stood”.Two of the four houses in his row are boarded up, leaving him surrounded by abandoned units. Other residences in Weston Gardens and Clarina Park have suffered the same fate.Of the 48 houses that were originally built in Clarina Park, just nine remain occupied.One resident said: “This house is infested with rats and it’s so cold I’ve had to move my bed downstairs in front of the fire”. On leaving Clarina Park, city council officials were investigating rubbish which had been dumped on barren land, the result of house demolition.   There are over 20 boarded up houses in Clarina Avenue and Crecora Avenue.Stephen Corbett, of Crecora Avenue, commented: “My house is worth nothing now. My wife wants to board up the house and rent somewhere else”.Another Crecora Avenue resident, whose daughter lives in the centre of a row of abandoned houses, said: “We’re the forgotten people up here”.Patrick O’Grady feels abandoned by Regeneration: “They couldn’t have left this place worse than it is. You’d be afraid to do anything with your house in case they decide to knock it”.Looking at the row of houses from Hyde Road up to Crecora Avenue and Clarina Avenue, Lynch concluded: “My family moved out here from a lane in the city when I was a child and we thought it was heaven. Now look at it, it’s worse than the lane we came out of”.Sean O’ Neill pictured outside of a derelict house on Clarina Avenue and (inset) shoes hang from overhead electrical wires indicating that the availability of drugs. Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img NewsLocal News‘We are the forgotten people’ – residentBy admin – February 18, 2010 1617 Previous articleKenny’s hilarious show at UCHNext article“It’s a fair step up”- Justin Mc Carthy admin Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

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Temperatures to plunge in Midwest, South, Northeast

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — An early season arctic cold front is barreling through the Midwest Monday morning and is expected to reach the Gulf Coast and the East Coast on Tuesday. Ahead of that cold front was a quick-moving storm which brought early season snow to the Midwest, transforming highways into sheets of ice, causing collisions and sending cars veering off roads.This is the snowiest start to winter in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin by “virtue of number of days with measurable snowfall,” according to the National Weather Service.In Chicago, the snow and ice caused an average delay of nearly three hours for arrivals at O’Hare International Airport Monday morning.As this arctic cold takes aim, 20 states from Colorado to Maine are under winter storm warnings or winter weather advisories. The heaviest snow will be in the Northeast, from western Pennsylvania to northern New England. Some areas could see up to 1 foot of snow.The coldest morning in the Heartland will be Tuesday morning. Wind chills are forecast to plunge to -4 degrees in Des Moines, Iowa, -3 degrees in Chicago, 2 degrees in Kansas City, Missouri, and 7 degrees in Memphis, Tennessee. Even Dallas is forecast to reach a wind chill of 15 degrees. The coldest morning for the Southeast and the Northeast will be Wednesday morning.Wind chills are forecast to fall to -3 degrees in Syracuse, New York, 3 degrees in Boston, 10 degrees in New York City, 24 degrees in New Orleans and 21 degrees in Atlanta.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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