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Limerick’s Streets Under Scrutiny: Cleansing Committee’s Claims Challenged

The deplorable state of Limerick’s streets has been a matter of public concern, prompting scrutiny and debate. In response to mounting criticism, some members of the Cleansing Committee had previously sought to defend their actions by claiming that the city’s lanes were being adequately maintained, primarily for the benefit of the workers. However, recent developments have cast doubt on these assertions.

During a recent meeting of the Corporation Committees, attention was directed towards the findings of Sir Acheson McCullagh, an inspector from the L.G.S. (Local Government Service). His inspection of the city unveiled a stark reality that contradicted the committee’s claims. The extracts from Sir McCullagh’s report, which were read aloud during the meeting, painted a troubling picture. According to the report, the back lanes were indeed filthy, the overall condition of the streets was notably poor, and there were concerns regarding the ability of the Cleansing Department to effectively carry out its responsibilities.

Importantly, the accuracy of these criticisms was not challenged or refuted during the meeting. The revelations from Sir McCullagh’s report have brought to light the stark disparities between the claims made by some members of the Cleansing Committee and the grim reality faced by the residents of Limerick.

As a result, it is hoped that the days of hearing false claims about the previous Corporation’s care for the back lanes are behind us. The evidence presented in Sir McCullagh’s report underscores the urgency of addressing the dire state of Limerick’s streets. It serves as a reminder that transparency and accountability in matters of public concern are vital for the betterment of the city and the well-being of its residents. The public’s attention remains focused on the steps that will be taken to rectify the longstanding issues plaguing Limerick’s streets.

Northants Evening Telegraph – Saturday 08 February 1902