Walking from Limerick train station towards the city centre, an eclectic mix of Georgian and Victorian architecture, takes you past Turkish barbers, Asian food markets and mobile phone fixer-upper shops – all signs of a changing Ireland.
But turn down towards the river Shannon, and the entire first block of Roches Street is derelict – a typical sight across today’s Irish towns and cities. Mocking hoardings promise some idyllic urban future, but the reality is the opposite. The neglect drags down what once might have been a fine street. Parts of Limerick – potentially a wonderful, liveable city – are literally falling down. Dereliction is vandalism and must be stopped.