University of Limerick ‘Health Hub plans’ get council approval

PLANS to build a ‘health promotion hub’ in Limerick city centre have been approved by Limerick City and County Council.old-town-hall

The Health Hub will soon be kitted-out in the Old Town Hall premises on Rutland Street, as part of University of Limerick’s recently-launched global strategy and the Limerick 2030 Economic Plan.

The centre, which will be used for “community-based health promotion”, will be delivered in association with the HSE directorate of health and wellbeing, Healthy Ireland Council and UL.

The centre will comprise a meeting room with a 60-person capacity, reception area and waiting room.

It is also part of UL’s aim to augment its “visibility” within the city centre, with plans to build transport links between the city and the Plassey campus; permanent residence for UL’s Fab Lab; and students’ residence in partnership with Shannon Consortium and the council.

In the plan, UL says that the “interprofessional, community-based health hub will enable staff from the health sciences to deliver health and wellbeing programmes to community groups”.

When UL president Prof Don Barry launched the university’s Broadening Horizons strategy, he said that the university was “anxious” to see city centre developments at the Opera Centre site happen as soon as possible.

“We are ready to go and we have begun creating some of the activities that we want to bring to the city already.

“What I want to see in the city is hundreds of UL students studying in the city, living in the city, and bringing their energy and their life, as part of the revitalisation of the city centre, which I think is a very important part of the Limerick 2030 plan.”

Plans for the project were first lodged in the middle of February, and the planning office gave it the green light, this week. The building was originally home to the Chamber of Commerce when it was built in 1815.

Limerick Foot Bridge. Yay or Nay?

The controversial Limerick Foot Bridge is back on the table it seems. Here is some background that we would like to share with you, judge for yourself.

We know already that our Limerick City and County Council performed significant research on this project in June of 2014 with the assistance of a company called AECOM. In short, it looks like there were 3 design candidates:

Option 1- ‘The Balcony on the Shannon’

The Balcony on the Shannon

Option 2- ‘The River’s Apex’

The River’s Apex

Option 3- ‘Twin Arches’ (yes, we know it has only one arch, despite the name…)

Twin Arches

The project particulars as of that date, were as follows:

Limerick 2030 identifies a new public waterfront adjacent to Arthur’s Quay Park, it proposes that a “new Riverside Park will run the length of the City Centre from Sarsfield Bridge through where Sarsfield House currently stands, along between the Hunt Museum and the River and over a new pedestrian bridge into a pedestrianised Potato Market area linking up to the upgraded King John’s Castle tourist attraction.” This proposal is reflected and incorporated in the Limerick City Development Plan 2010-2016 and forms part of a number of key projects identified for delivery in the coming years.

As part of the potential, next generation, tourism investment in Limerick, Failte Ireland proposed a major transformational project – the creation of a RIVERWAY proposal that would see the construction of new footbridges and possible future connections across and along the River Shannon to provide new ways to experience the City and to animate the visitor’s experience of both the river Shannon and Limerick city centre. All journeys could make apparent and restore the intimate relationship between the City and the River Shannon.

Limerick City & County Council wish to appoint a Project Manager/ Employers Representative and Quantity Surveyor in connection with their proposed Footbridge project. It is intended that the Service will be required throughout all project stages of this design & build contract.

The services will typically include taking the brief and engaging with the client to clarify the requirements, obtaining statutory approvals where necessary, preparation of detailed design and tender documentation, management of the tender process, administration of the works contract, cost control including agreement of final accounts, management of the handover process including the provision of handover documentation to the client and all required interaction and reporting to the client throughout the process etc. Details of the services to be provided by Consultants will be further set down in the tender documents.

Almost as interesting as the project overview and the proposed bridge designs, is the e-mail correspondence that we uncovered during our search for information. It’s a 20MB file, so may take a moment to download, if you’re interested in it’s entirety).

email correspondence

And so the story goes on. Hey, if you’re that interested, we have all the files here at Limerick 2030. Let us know if you’d like us to share them with the rest of our citizens.

Is mise le meas,

Patricia

 

Irish Water email fiasco reveals only 30,000 customers registered

According to recent news on Irish water’s website a duplicate email was sent erroneously to all Irish Water online account holders. It was noted by Irish Water that the duplicate email was sent to approximately 300 customers. The alert notification then went on to mention that only 1% of customers were affected.

corruption

Using a high-tech mathematical process involving formulas and leaving-cert mathematics, experts have calculated that if 1% is equal to 300 customers, then 100% is equal to 30,000 customers.

 

We’re open to be corrected on our fancy calculations, but if Irish Water’s current data is to be used as the baseline, then somebody somewhere is reporting inaccurate claims of c. 1.2 million households having already signed up. The numbers simply don’t add up.

 


 

Is Corruption Ireland’s most valuable Natural Resource?

Once upon a time, we used to think that the primary Natural Resource in this country was agriculture. But, since that was something that we learned in school way back in the 80’s, we got to thinking that maybe we should check out Google… just to be sure, to be sure.

viewSeems that (in no particular order) out Natural Resources are: natural gas, petroleum, peat, copper, lead, dolomite, barite, limestone, gypsum, silver and some zinc. And that there are Key industries based on these and other natural resources include fishing, foresting, mining, livestock, and other forms of agriculture and fish farming. Wow. Natural Gas you say, internet? Petroleum? Are we talking about the same country here?

 

Corruption, however, is not mentioned. Even though it brings hundreds of Millions of Euro in revenue to Ireland (including Limerick) each year, every year. While this resource is something that’s built into everybody’s psyche as human beings, apparently it’s more highly evolved in the Irish (the Irish upper class to be more specific). Naturally, most other countries have tried to mimic our skill in mastering this resource but there are not many nations who have excelled as we have, it would seem.

corruptionLet’s face it, in Ireland corruption is rife. It’s everywhere you look. It’s time to understand it, and time to embrace it. You see, the corruption isn’t the problem. As we’ve already mentioned, corruption is in everybody’s DNA. The problem lies in that our perception of corruption is that it’s a bad thing. This is what we’ve been taught. It’s time to get away from our naïve views of what is corrupt and what isn’t corrupt. What exactly do you think is keeping this tiny Island on the West of Europe afloat economically? Hint: It’s not fecking ‘dolomite’.

We’ve got to face up to reality and live with the fact that Ireland is corrupt. Any of the fanciful wishes we have in hoping that it will ever be any other way (at least in our lifetime) are valuable energy and time wasted. Instead, we need to spend our energy in understanding how to guide our personal situations towards a situation that is benefited by corruption.

Please drop us a comment when you figure that out. Why don’t they teach this in primary school? At least our children’s eyes would be opened and their expectations would not exceed the reality imposed upon them by you and I.

Is mise le meas,
Patricia

Limerick 2030 ‘Vice’ fail

#LimerickViceLetter An Open Letter from the people of Limerick To the Editor of Vice: While we believe in free press and the right for anybody to be able to express their opinions without fear of reprisal, we also believe that stories should be balanced and professional. This article is neither. At best it’s trite clickbait, at worst it’s offensive and libellous. With open arms, Limerick offers your reporter (Yasin Osman) an opportunity to write a follow up story to balance the distorted and unfair perception of Limerick that is portrayed in this story. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and we look forward to your response.
Posted by Limerick 2030 on Friday, August 21, 2015

Did you make the list of Top 100 in Limerick?

Here’s an interesting list of recent Klout scores for local Limerick Twitter accounts. Did you make the list? Let’s get tweeting and Klouting!

This is the Top 100 in our area… glad to see we made it. Limerick’s Life and Rubber Bandits doing well-

 

Twitter Name (not Twitter handle)

Klout Score

Louise Kennedy ‏
34
NT-MDT ‏
35
Tam ‏
35
cliff callanan ‏
36
Joe Leddin ‏
37
Mike Taylor ‏
37
Adrian O’Sullivan ‏
38
MsetfiLab ‏
38
MyHome Price Changes ‏
38
Ronandusty ‏
38
Louise Cantillon ‏
39
R80 Sports ‏
39
Emma Lahiffe ‏
40
KilljoyTshirts ‏
40
Becca Nic Aogáin ‏
40
Allison Argent ‏
41
Caoimhe Feighery ‏
41
Damien ‏
41
Joseph Murphy ‏
41
Limerick2030
41
OpenHouseLimerick ‏
41
Patrick J O’Neill ‏
41
Paul Gavan ‏
41
westirelandgirl ‏
41
Wolfe Tones ‏
41
Darragh Jennings ‏
41
The Mary Sue
41
Aideen Quirke ‏
42
Deirdre M Harrington ‏
42
Limerick LGBT ‏
42
Marius ‏
42
New To MyHome.ie ‏
42
Omer Alyafia ‏
42
Tommy Conlon ‏
42
Virgo ‏
42
Youth Media Team ‏
42
Norah ‏
42
CP Sport Ireland ‏
43
Donal O’Regan ‏
43
donnacha hurley ‏
43
Martin Guilfoyle ‏
43
NSAI ‏
43
Orla Henderson ‏
43
r ‏
43
Vicki Tubridy ‏
43
Andrew Cunneen ‏
44
Flannerys Limerick ‏
44
Limerick Craft Hub ‏
44
Aimée ‏
44
BlueChief ‏
45
Kathy Tiernan ‏
45
LouiseMc ‏
45
Gillian ‏
46
Matt O’Callaghan ‏
46
Network Limerick ‏
46
Dr. Ursula Callaghan ‏
47
Limerick Camogie ‏
47
Sean O’ Donovan ‏
47
Alan English ‏
48
David Lee ‏
48
Evan ‏
48
italianfoodie ‏
49
Jessika Banaghan ‏
49
Kayleigh Lowe ‏
49
LK Smarter Travel ‏
49
Maurice Quinlivan ‏
49
Pom Towers ‏
49
Trevor Spillane ‏
49
ambassadorua
50
Barry LFC O Sullivan ‏
50
Donn O Sullivan ‏
50
Shane McCarthy ‏
50
LimkToday Live95FM ‏
51
please cian ‏
52
Limerick Council ‏
53
Limerick Post ‏
53
People of Limerick ‏
53
Down bythe Riverside
54
Imen McDonnell ‏
54
Lime Tree Theatre ‏
54
Pat
54
Paul Sweeney ‏
54
UL News ‏
54
Will Leahy ‏
54
Conor Murray ‏
55
I Love Limerick ‏
55
Jen Ronan ‏
55
Limerick’s Live 95FM ‏
55
Tom Kennedy ‏
55
David Scanlon ‏
57
Limerick FC ‏
57
Limerick Leader ‏
59
CESI
60
Hassan Dabbagh
60
Pam ‏
60
Limerick Hour
61
Olivia O’Sullivan ‏
61
Poppiesandme ‏
61
Rubber Bandits ‏
63
Limerick’s Life ‏
65

While the list is not comprehensive, it is assumed that like all things on the internet, it just has to be true.

Is mise le meas,
Patricia

Limerick 2030 musings on news of new Shopping Centre

While many Limerick City-centre businesses (and obviously the Chamber of Commerce by association) are unhappy about the overruling of their planning permission objection to the multi-million injection into our city, we are not of the same opinion.

An alternative to blocking Limerick’s forward trajectory, would be for city-centre businesses to take a more holistic view of the bigger picture, in terms of their business strategy.

For example, being located in the city-centre does not ‘entitle’ any business to get more trade/footfall, by default. It takes more than an attitude of ‘we’re in the city centre so you shop here’ to entice customers to buy their products and services.

The businesses need to incentivise people to come into the city centre for reasons other than their location (or indeed any other external factors) to enhance their business. The reason people should come to your place of business should be because you are offering something better than the others.

A better product. A better service. Something to make a customer choose you, because you are better, because you are worthy of receiving our money in return for your goods; not because you are ‘near’.

Aspire to make your business better than the rest. Then customers will come to your whether you’re in the city-centre… or not.

Original article from the Irish Examiner here.