David McWilliams: Believe it or not, more posh housing helps everyone

David McWilliams: Believe it or not, more posh housing helps everyone

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.

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