Pat Kearney from Rooney auctiooneers made the front page of the Limerick Post at the start of this month with his call for penalties, if the owners of vacant shops did not keep the facades clean. He said "it is embarrassing on walkabouts when confronted with unsightly posters, boarded up units". This is the same Pat Kearney who helped to broker the Opera Centre deal, which led to large numbers of shops on Patrick Street and Ellen Street been boarded up on the promise of a massive redevelopment. In fact it now seems that this promise could lead to those boards been up there for many years.
The difference between the person who flyposts or even tags the boards on Patrick street or Ellen Street and the developers is pretty clear. One recognises that this is a living, breathing city with people passing daily who take note of their surroundings and may indeed engage with their message. The other believes that we are happy to wait, as we pass these buildings that were vibrant hubs of activities for hundreds of years, now sadly shut down and blocked up. They throw up a banner telling us it is coming, keep the boards white, post no bills. Soon we will have a mall with the probably the same names we have seen in every other shopping centre.
It will be ok then.