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O’Donovan announces €1.9million in funding for two sports projects in Co. Limerick

Added January 10th, 2020

Limerick Minister Patrick O’Donovan has announced funding of over €1.9million for two sports projects in Co. Limerick. The athletics track in Newcastle West has been allocated over €1.25million and the swimming pool in Askeaton has received over €650,000.

“I am delighted to have been able to deliver this funding to Limerick as the local Minister. These are projects that I led as Minister for Sport. I worked with Limerick City and County Council from the very start to get both of these commenced and I’m delighted now to see them move on.”

“Both of these are being funded by my department, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform through Project Ireland 2040, so to have such a massive investment as this come to Limerick is just fantastic.”

“Over the last few years we have been able to see major investment into a number of different towns and communities. This is the latest in a string of them. I’m delighted to have been able to be successful in getting these sorted and I look forward now to the next phases in both.”

Community projects in Limerick to receive €152,942 from the Community Enhancement Programme – O’Donovan

Added January 3rd, 2020

Programme provides small grants to enhance facilities in communities throughout the country

Limerick Minister and Fine Gael TD, Patrick O’Donovan has announced that thirty one community projects in Limerick have been granted funding amounting to €152,942.

“My colleague the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has confirmed that 2,106 community initiatives around the country have been allocated a total of €4,524,124 under his Department’s Community Enhancement Programme. This funding for €152,942 local community projects will benefit the people who need it most here in County Limerick.

“The Community Enhancement Programme provides capital grants to community groups to help them to enhance facilities in disadvantaged communities. It supports a range of activities in all areas of communities, such as childcare groups, playgrounds, recreational groups, sports grounds, landscaping, and supporting the elderly.

“I was delighted to hear Minister Ring confirm that it is intended to run the programme again in 2020. This programme, together with the other funds that area available to rural communities, including the town and village renewal fund, sports capital and rural regeneration, are all helping to enhance our towns and villages across Co. Limerick.”

“Over the last few years I have worked very successfully with Michael Ring in ensuring that we get the maximum amount of money for communities across Limerick, and this announcement is yet another example of this. I am going to continue to work with him and my other colleagues in Government to ensure the maximum amount of money possible comes to Co. Limerick.”

The full list of projects supported is available here:


€15,755,901 in funding confirmed for roads in Limerick – O’Donovan

Added December 20th, 2019

Limerick Minister and Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has announced that €15,755,901 in roads funding has been allocated for Limerick in 2020.

“I am delighted to confirm that Limerick is to benefit from €15,755,901 in funding for maintaining and upgrading our roads network. The funding has been made available to Limerick City & County Council as a result of funding secured in Budget 2020.

“The allocation, confirmed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland today, includes €6 million funding for the following projects: M20 Limerick to Cork Road (€3million) , Foynes Limerick (€2million), Abbeyfeale Relief Road (€500,000) and the Newcastle West Relief Road (€500,000).

“I am also delighted to see that the funding has been made available to deliver these projects. These are major pieces of infrastructure that will bring major improvements to our road network here in County Limerick and is further sign of the Government’s commitment to balanced regional development.

“A well developed and maintained road network is vital to ensure safety on our roads but also to ensure that no area of the country is at a disadvantage when it comes to economic development. Fine Gael has committed to improving and maintaining a high-quality road network.”

More information on the full details on Limericks allocation can be found here : 2020NAT_LimerickCityandCoCo

Pallas Foods announces major investment in Limerick facility

Added December 16th, 2019

Company, which is part of Sysco Corporation, to invest €2.5mn in development of site

Pallas Foods, a Sysco company, has announced a €2.5mn investment in their facility at Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. In 2018, the company made a commitment to an investment programme at the location, which employs upwards of 300 people across a range of functions.

The development work, which gets underway this month, will involve a complete modernisation of the facility. Alongside renovations of existing structures, a shared services centre to include a customer development kitchen and showrooms, will be created. In addition, a new gym, restaurant and training rooms, will be built for the 300 people currently employed at the site. Planning permission has been granted for the development work by Limerick County Council.

Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and TD for Limerick County said: “I welcome this commitment by Pallas Foods and Sysco to the community of Newcastle West. Balanced regional development with businesses and jobs located outside the main cities is key to future economic growth in this country. As the local representative for the area, I believe this announcement is evident of the strong role Newcastle West will continue to play in the Pallas Foods business.”

At today’s announcement, Peter Jackson, CEO, Pallas Foods, said: “Today’s announcement is important both to our team here in Limerick and also to the wider Pallas Foods organisation. We are ambitious for the continued growth of our business across the Island of Ireland and Newcastle West has always played an important role in that ambition. The modernisation and development of our facility here will strengthen our ability to service customers ongoing as well as providing an enhanced working environment for current and future employees. This investment of €2.5mn in our facility in Newcastle West will underpin the long-term future of Pallas Foods and Sysco in the town and will bring wider benefits to the local economy.”

Pallas Foods has had an operation in Newcastle West since the 1980s. Estimated completion of the development is February 2020 at a total cost of €2.5mn.
Pallas Foods also recently signed a letting agreement on an 83,000sq ft facility in Little Island, Cork. The Grade A building had been completely revamped and undergone a multimillion-euro investment in advance of the deal with Pallas.

New childcare scheme means Limerick families receive subsidies quickly – O’Donovan

Added December 11th, 2019

Just three weeks after applications to the National Childcare Scheme opened online, a total of 328 awards have been issued to families in Limerick.

Limerick Minister and Fine Gael TD, Patrick O’Donovan has encouraged all parents in County Limerick to apply directly for subsidies to meet the cost of quality early learning and care and school age childcare at

The scheme, under the guidance of Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone, means financial supports can be used with any participating, Tusla registered, early learning and care and school age childcare service, including Tusla registered childminders.

The scheme’s innovative, purpose-built IT system aims to process a universal application in a matter of minutes, and an income assessed application in a matter of days.

As of December 10th, a total of 478 applications have been received in Limerick from parents, with 328 awards issued. More than 8,000 awards have been issued nationwide in three weeks with applications processing smoothly and quickly.

“Under the National Childcare Scheme, families will be supported to meet the cost of quality early learning and care and school age childcare through a system of universal and income-related subsides. Using a verified MyGovID account, I encourage families to apply directly for subsidies at

“Additional funding provided under Budget 2019 ensures that an estimated 7,500 additional children will benefit from the scheme, with over 40,000 other children, already eligible, seeing increases to their subsidies.

“Income based subsidies are available to families with reckonable household incomes of up to €60,000 which can translate into as much as over €90,000 gross for families in certain specific circumstances,” Minister O’Donovan said.

The National Childcare Scheme is paving the way for Ireland’s childcare system to transform from one of the most expensive in the world into one of the best.

Minister Zappone said: “This is a landmark moment for children and families in Ireland. Through the National Childcare Scheme, families have the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support towards the cost of childcare. The scheme is our pathway to quality, accessible, affordable early learning and care and school age childcare.”

“This is a highly innovative and ambitious scheme and I am delighted that the initial volume of applications has been high. As of December 10, nearly 12,000 applications, relating to over 17,000 children, had already been successfully submitted, and over 8,000 awards had been made to parents.

“There are a range of helpful resources for families on the NCS website, and we have extended the opening hours of the National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre from 8pm to 6pm Monday to Saturday,” Minister Zappone said.

An Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar said, “The new National Childcare Scheme is about giving our children the best start in life. It’s an investment in making life easier for families, better outcomes for children, and helping to make Ireland one of the best countries in which to grow up and raise a family.

“Families with young children have a lot of pressures – and among these is access to quality childcare that is affordable. The National Childcare Scheme increases the number of families who can access financial assistance. Many families will, for the first time, be entitled to subsidies. Many others will see increases in their subsidies.”

County Limerick Summer Works Scheme Approvals

Added November 25th, 2019

Limerick Minister Patrick O’Donovan has announced that the Minister for Education has allocated the summer works scheme to Ardpatrick, Broadford, Caherelly and Shanagolden National Schools.

“This is great news for these National Schools. They all will be able now to proceed to get ready to carry out works during the summer months. Over the last number of years this scheme has proven to be very popular in order to get improvements to schools across the country. So to have it being continued and be available to school principals to be able to modernise and develop their schools is really welcome.”

Patrick O’Donovan said that this Government has invested heavily in schools across the county since coming to office. “Over the last few years we have seen a huge amount of money invested in the construction of new schools. But we have also seen extensions and refurbishments to schools across Co. Limerick and schemes like this help a lot.”

Patrick O’Donovan said that he has been raising issues on behalf of other Co. Limerick schools with Minister Joe McHugh over the last number of months and he is hopeful of seeing further investment from the Department in the near future.

Government announces €84m to deliver high-speed broadband to County Limerick

Added November 19th, 2019

Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan has announced that the Government is to invest €84m to deliver high-speed broadband to County Limerick.

Minister O’Donovan was speaking as the Government announced the biggest initiative for rural Ireland since electrification.

“This is a landmark day for County Limerick and for rural Ireland generally. The Government has today (Tue) signed a contract for the National Broadband Plan, which will see investment of €84m to bring high-speed broadband to 21,024 homes across County Limerick.”

The National Broadband Plan is the Government’s plan to rollout high speed broadband to the 1.1 million people living and working in the nearly 540,000 premises nationally, including 100,000 businesses and farms, and over 600 schools, where commercial operators will not commit to deliver the service.

Patrick continued: “The work will start immediately, with roll-out of broadband within eight weeks of today’s contract signing. Over 90% of premises in the State will have access to high speed broadband within four years.

“This means rural communities in County Limerick will not be left behind. All of rural Ireland will get the same access to opportunities offered by high-speed broadband as those in urban areas.

“Fine Gael is delivering on transforming the country for the better and providing more opportunities to all. We have prioritised rural broadband. As an initial step, the Government has published a list of approximately 300 community centres, schools, library hubs and local GAA halls in every county that will be connected to high speed broadband during 2020, to enable communities to quickly get free public access to high speed broadband.

In County Limerick these locations are: Angelsboro National School, Caherline Community Centre, Coolcappa National School, Gerald Griffin National School, Glenmore Community Centre, Knocknadea National School, Knockadea, Limerick East Educate Together National School, Lough Gur Interpretive Centre, Mountcollins National School and Tinnatarriff National School.

“The ultimate goal here is to deliver high-speed broadband to homes and businesses all across the country. The delivery of high-speed broadband will be hugely beneficial to economic development and job creation in County Limerick. It will open up a whole range of possibilities including: flexible and remote working; smart health with online GP and nursing services and medical monitoring; cloud-based services and connected devices; smart farming opportunities; digital learning; and reliable electronic payments and bookings for businesses.

“We want to ensure that people who wish to live and work in County Limerick are supported in doing so. It is so crucial for balanced regional and rural development.

€1.2m secured for Limerick County in Sports Capital allocations – O’Donovan

Added November 15th, 2019

Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the delivery of €1.2million to 38 clubs and organisations across Co. Limerick.

“As the local Minister here in Limerick in the Department of Public Expenditure which funds the Sports Capital Scheme I’m delighted to see so much money being delivered across Co. Limerick.”

Patrick O’Donovan said that the allocations were being made to clubs and organisations across the County that are run by volunteers who put the interests of their clubs and communities first.

“I’ve worked closely with most of the clubs across the County during the application phase of the process so to see so much money being allocated is fantastic.”

The Sports Capital Scheme is funded under Project Ireland 2040 by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and was reintroduced by Patrick O’Donovan when he was Minister for Sport.

These grants will be used in a range of projects across the County and can be drawn down from the Department once the clubs receive their confirmation letters.

Patrick O’Donovan added “These grants will be a major boost, particularly in small rural communities. In many cases the clubs would not be able to raise the funds that have been awarded and that makes these grants even more positive. I look forward to seeing the work now progressing and to see more money of this nature being invested in communities across Limerick by Fine Gael in Government.”

Organisation Grant
Abbeyfeale Rugby Football Club €48,975
Adare United A.F.C. €14,994
ARDAGH District Recreational & Sporting Company LTD €20,782
Askeaton GAA €92,212
Athea GAA Club €30,289
Ballingarry AFC €36,466
Ballylanders GAA €4,650
Breska Rovers AFC €45,900
Caherline GAA Club €32,150
Cappamore development association €4,520
castle rovers F.C. €29,027
Castletown/Ballyagran GAA CLUB €35,162
Croom GAA Club €64,300
Oola GAA Club €64,613
Courtenay Boys NS NCW €15,135
Dromcollogher Broadford GAA Club €15,008
Dromin Athlacca GAA €34,173
Feohanagh/Castlemahon GAA €56,584
Fr Casey’s GAA Club €22,634
Galtee Gaels GAA Club €14,372
Garryspillane GAA Club €39,897
Glenroe GAA €10,223
Glin GAA €15,930
Glin Rover Soccer Club €55,786
Glin Tennis Club €16,560
Granagh Ballingarry Camogie Club €3,556
Killeedy GAA €17,449
Kilmallock Utd AFC €38,343
Kilteely Dromkeen GAA Club €33,661
Community Sports Centre Rathkeale €86,623
Limerick Scout County Campsite, Curraghchase. €9,074
Monagea Gaa Club €32,597
Newcastle West Golf Club €58,680
Patrickswell GAA Club €90,260
Shountrade NS €9,933
St Kieran’s GAA Club €45,630
St Senan’s GAA Club €10,059
Templeglantine GAA €17,643

€585,100 for County Limerick under the 2019 Town & Village Renewal Scheme – O’Donovan

Added October 31st, 2019

Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan has expressed his delight with the news that County Limerick is to receive €585,100 in Government funding from Minister Michael Ring’s Department, the Department of Rural and Community Development under the 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

Projects in Askeaton, Ballingarry, Broadford, Dromcollogher, Kilteely and Murroe Boher are all to benefit from the scheme.

“This is great news for rural Co. Limerick. These projects have been developed in conjunction with Limerick City and County Council and the local communities. I know from working with volunteers across Co Limerick what funding like this means to the areas concerned. This injection is just one of a number we have made as a Government into rural Limerick.”

“As the local Minister and TD I am committed to getting our fair share for Co Limerick and today’s investment is just another example of that.”

Grants have been awarded to the following projects in County Limerick: 

Kilteely –  Develop a Community Wildlife area in the village €48,308.55

Askeaton –  Create a pedestrian friendly Town Centre in the centre of Askeaton €200,000.00

Murroe Boher –  Complete the second phase of multi-access walkway at Murroe Town Park and install public lighting along the new section of the track €70,879.20

Broadford – Refurbish existing Parish Hall built in 1870 to develop a Community Centre in the village €99,911.20

Dromcollogher –  Create a village heritage trail and carry out improvements to the Town Park €86,397.60

Ballingarry –  First phase of the reimaging and branding of Ballingarry as ‘The Garden Town’ €79,604.00

O’Donovan “Green light for Limerick to Foynes road”

Added October 30th, 2019

Limerick’s Minister Patrick O’Donovan has said that he expects the Government to give the green light to the next stage of the new Limerick to Foynes road, which includes a bypass of Adare, at today’s Cabinet Meeting.

“As Minister in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, which is the key Department in the delivery of large-scale projects of this nature, I have been pushing for progress on this road. I insisted that it should be included, and it was included, in Project Ireland 2040 when my Department published the National Development Plan, together with the list of projects that would be going ahead.”

“I have been working on this as a Government TD for Co. Limerick since 2011 when I was first elected to the Dáil. In that time, I brought former Transport Ministers, Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe to Limerick to show them the need for the road project to be advanced. Since then I’ve used my position as a Minister in both the Departments of Transport and Public Expenditure to push this forward, and this decision is another big step.”

Patrick O’Donovan thanked both the Taoiseach and the Minister for Public Expenditure, who he said have been critical to moving the process forward to this stage.

Limerick City and County Council will receive approval from the Government to go ahead and lodge the planning application to An Bord Pleannála, which Minister O’Donovan pointed out is an independent statutory process.

“Agreeing to move the project to this stage is hugely important as it sends a very clear signal that once the planning process is concluded, this Government led by Fine Gael, is committed to the project. We are the first Government that have clearly laid out the importance of linking the deep-water port at Foynes to the national motorway network, while also providing a bypass of Adare are clear national priorities for us, so moving it forward is very significant.”

Minister O’Donovan sounded a note of caution when he said that opposition parties had criticised and opposed Project Ireland 2040 which included this road. “The National Development Plan and the list of projects which this Government want to advance has been heavily criticised by the Opposition. My priority is to get this project, and others in the Mid-West which have been criticised by the Opposition, advanced.

“Getting this project to this step is a very important milestone for me and getting the Government to this stage is vital. I look forward now to the Limerick to Foynes project progressing to enter the independent planning process, which I hope will give clarity, and when completed we will finally see a start on this road.”

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