A complete refurbishment of Limerick's Bishop, Howley and Harvey Quays, costing over €5m, was officially opened by Minister for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring today.

The redevelopment was completed over the past 12 months.

It includes the installation of new boardwalks, new seating, widened footpaths, the installation of a performance structure, and repairs of the old quay walls.

The work was funded by Fáilte Ireland and Limerick City Council, who said the aim of the new development is to provide a high quality city centre waterside environment and amenity area for public use and to promote tourism.

The redevelopment is part of an overall project to enhance amenities and improve tourism facilities around Limerick city.

It is part of a wider plan which saw the refurbishment of King Johns Castle last year, and the provision of walking and cycling facilities along Limerick's quays. 

These improvements are designed to attract new businesses and visitors along the quayside routes.

Mr Ring said it was an excellent facility to attract visitors to the city and developments such as these are a critical part of the tourism infrastructure in Ireland.