Outrage as Google appears to wipe Limerick off face of the Earth
Fears that Limerick has been wiped off the face of the earth were eased last night by internet giant Google.
Website users who logged on to Google maps are initially not offered any indication that the Shannonside city, or any of Co Limerick's towns, exist.
The overview map of Ireland features cities including Dublin, Galway, Cork and Water- ford, while Shannon, Ennis and Listowel can also be seen.
But Limerick is absent from the view -- prompting local councillors to bring the matter to the attention of Google's European HQ in Dublin.
Fianna Fail's Limerick-based TD Niall Collins was quick to voice his outrage at the internet giant's blunder.
"The oversight is detrimental to both local tourism and to the economic development of the region," he said.
"Google Maps is becoming increasingly popular and to think that one of Ireland's largest population centres is not featured on the main maps is simply not good enough."
However, after closer inspection, residents of Limerick were assured that their homeplace is indeed present on Google Maps.
Neither the city nor the county are immediately apparent on the national overview. But the city does come into view if the internet user chooses to zoom in on the correct area of the country.
Last night, a Google spokesman said it is looking into this specific issue regarding Limerick and why users have to zoom in to see the city.
"Limerick is very much on the map -- available on Google Maps, Google Earth and also in street view," the Google spokesman said.
"We are always open to feedback and looking to improve the data in all zoom levels of Google Maps."
Limerick City Council said it would be keeping a close eye on Google Maps and "will continue to monitor the situation closely".