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Artisans’ Dwellings Company to Form and Improve Housing Conditions in Limerick

In the city of Limerick, there is a rise of hope for artisans’ dwellings company formation. A recent statement from the Most Rev. Dr O’Dwyer has encouraged citizens and relieved the tension in the city. The City Fathers had been pulling down houses on Mary Street and Nicholas Street, leaving evicted tenants without alternatives for shelter. Now, it is hoped that an artisans’ dwelling company, modeled after the Guinness Trusts in London and Dublin, will soon be established. With at least half of the minimum capital of ten thousand pounds secured, it is expected that the remaining sum will be invested by citizens to ensure the scheme’s success and benefit the community’s semi-asphyxiated workers.

Despite the threat of suppression, the United Irish League’s city branch continues to hold meetings, seeking the support of Irish citizens for their cause. They are determined to resist any oppressive actions by Dublin Castle while aiming to improve the conditions of their country.

In an unprecedented move, Limerick citizens are pushing for St. Patrick’s Day to be recognized as a national holiday. Last Sunday’s meeting demonstrated the solidarity between employers, business people, and the general public in their pursuit of making this a reality. The people’s determination could lead to a broader change in observing the significance of St. Patrick’s Day.

In January, the electors expressed their disapproval of the “three years’ system” in which a councillor with the lowest number of votes would retire. Half of the Council was replaced, and several successful candidates promised to support retirement by rotation. The upcoming elections in May could bring sweeping changes to Limerick’s representation and policies.

The Limerick County Council’s relative silence on issues such as the United Irish League and coercion is leading to concerns regarding their commitment to the community. Citizens are voicing their grievances and advocating for reforms suggested in news columns to improve their living conditions.

Efforts to maintain order in Limerick’s bustling streets have prompted the Corporation Committee to consider implementing “Keep to the Right” signs to promote pedestrian security. The initiative aims to reduce jostling and crowding on pathways, making the city a more enjoyable place to live and work.

Source: Northants Evening Telegraph – Saturday 15 March 1902

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