A week ago, Limerick was hopeful that its streets would be significantly improved, with the possibility of paving or macadamising. However, Mr Nevins withdrew his offer to improve the streets, as the majority of council members seemed content with the current state of affairs. Consequently, the citizens are deeply frustrated, as they still have to deal with poor street conditions. Elsewhere, the Limerick Corporation is receiving criticism regarding their handling of contracts for clothing the fire brigade. The expectation was that the clothing would be of Irish manufacture. Instead, it was discovered that the materials were not of Irish origin. This has sparked discussions on the importance of supporting local industries, especially in the context of public contracts.
In positive news, Limerick is enthusiastically supporting a movement to make St. Patrick’s Day a National holiday. This is particularly important for the city, since it is already experiencing a strong Irish revival. Additionally, some employers in the city have taken the progressive step of voluntarily reducing weekly working hours for their staff, resulting in a more satisfied and motivated workforce. Lastly, efforts are being made to expand and improve the dairy schools attached to the Convents of Mercy in Limerick County, which will teach modern dairy practices alongside other valuable vocational skills such as lace-making and machine-knitting.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Saturday 22 February 1902