Limerick County Council has launched an initiative aimed
at reducing the local authority’s overall carbon footprint.
Staff are being given access to bicycles and umbrellas to
cut the number of car journeys being made between the Council’s
two main buildings in Dooradoyle. High visibility jackets
and safety helmets are also provided to staff wishing to pedal
their way between Lissanalta House and Limerick County Hall.
Welcoming the initiative, Councillor Kevin Sheahan, outgoing
Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council said - “I fully support
any scheme that actively promotes ways of reducing carbon
emissions. Limerick County Council plays a central role in
changing the mindset of people in county Limerick regarding
energy use. Therefore, it is appropriate that the Council
is, itself, leading by example by encouraging staff to embrace
more environmentally-friendly modes of transport.”
Josephine Cotter Coughlan, Director of Services, commented
- “Like many people in Limerick, we have become too reliant
on our cars. This initiative, however, aims to break the habit
of using our cars all the time, especially for short journeys.
A car journey from County Hall to Lissanalta House that can
take up to 10-15mins at rush-hour, now takes a couple of minutes
by bicycle or less than five minutes on foot.”