It has cost Limerick city almost €11,000 to paint four rainbow crossings over the last 18 months – and the revelation has attracted both criticism and support.
As reported by the Limerick Leader: documents released to the paper under the Freedom of Information Act “reveal material for all the crossings and their installation cost a total of €10,737.80.”
The crossings, painted in the coloured stripes of the Pride flag have been rolled out in the city centre over the last 18 months.
Two of the crossings have been installed at Bridge Street, beside the council’s city headquarters, and at Dooradoyle Road near Crescent Shopping Centre.
The size of the bill certainly raised a few eyebrows online, with some seeing the splurge as a “waste of money”.
Another comment from a person up the road in Sixmilebridge described the spend as a “scandal”, lamenting €11,000 being spent on “woke crossings”.
“Meanwhile we don’t have enough teachers, the hospitals are full, there’s a housing crisis. But there’s money paint endless rainbows on the road,” said another.
“It’s going to cost a lot more to keep re-doing it too. People are tired of their lives being rainbow-tinted,” was another comment.
How much has the local authority now spent on rainbow malarkey? Complete squanderment of public money. Well done to the @limerick_lead
— NOEL A (@adrianbosco) August 15, 2023
But other commentators approved of the move.
“Well spent. Lovely colourful addition to the public realm. Way better than the ones in Dublin that’s for sure,” said one response to the Limerick Leader’s story.
Another thought the money spent was good value.
Savage value for four crossings. You'd hardly get one for that in Kamloops.
Now do a report on the cost of repairs to O'Connell Street after motorists removed the bollards.https://t.co/clppIBXJ2E
— Des (@despod) August 14, 2023
Is it understood that thermoplastic material used in the paint which dries faster than ordinary paint pushed up the price of the crossing.