Added October 12th, 2017
Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed news from the HSE that four new rehabilitation beds are to open in St. Ita’s Community Hospital. Newcastle West. The decision represents an investment of €310,000 in the Hospital.
“This is fantastic news for St. Ita’s Hospital and brings the total number of rehab beds in the hospital to eighteen. The new unit where the beds are to be located has fourteen beds and is able to accommodate the four new beds.”
“The HSE have confirmed to me that the four new beds which are being made available from increased spending in Health, which will see an initial €310,000 invested will result in six new positions for nurses and therapists in the Hospital.”
“Over the last number of years as a TD and a Minister I have worked closely with; the Department of Health, the HSE, the local management of St. Ita’s and the Friends of St. Ita’s to press for more investment in the Hospital. In that time I have arranged for a number of Minister’s to visit the Hospital, together with several meetings with the HSE during that period.”
“I want to acknowledge the work of the HSE locally in Limerick in securing the investment needed to deliver of these beds. This investment will make a huge difference to individuals and families who are seeking rehab and underlines the importance of St. Ita’s to the delivery of health in our region.”
“These beds will help the flow of patients out of acute hospitals including University Hospital Limerick, before they are in a position to go home. They will also allow people who have experienced a debilitating event to have their independence maximised.”
Patrick O’Donovan paid tribute to the staff of the Hospital and the Friends of St Ita’s who he said have worked tirelessly to advance the Hospital and the local community in West Limerick for the continued and ongoing support to St. Ita’s.
“The HSE have confirmed to me that these beds will open in the coming weeks.”
Added October 4th, 2017
Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD has welcomed the news from his colleague Michael Ring TD to allocate €1,087,943 to thirteen locations in Co. Limerick under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
“This is fantastic news for rural Co. Limerick and is a clear example of how important it is to have someone like Michael Ring working for small towns and villages. Each one of these projects has been applied for by Limerick City and County Council after a great deal of consultation. Over the last few months I have worked very closely with Michael and the Council to ensure that Limerick did well and I am very happy with the result we have achieved.”
“I have been told by Michael Ring that the following areas and amounts are to be awarded; Abbeyfeale €20,000, Adare €100,000, Bruff €40,000, Bruree €52,119, Foynes €100,000, Hospital €34,400, Kantoher €100,000, Kilmallock €98,464, Knockaderry €49,136, Loughill €94,485, Murroe €99,339, Newcastle West €100,000 and Rathkeale €200,000.”
Patrick O’Donovan added “Each one of these areas has submitted well thought out projects for consideration by the Minister and he has responded positively. It is now up to the Council to make sure that the money is spent, and he has been very clear that he is not happy with a situation where money is not spent after a long delay locally. He wants to make sure that this is not the case with this scheme.”
Minister O’Donovan also said that he would be continuing to work with local groups across Limerick into the future to see how schemes like this can be enhanced to benefit even more places and he added that it is a priority of the Government to invest in our towns and villages.
“Michael Ring has said that he will be making further allocations under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and is encouraging local communities to work with their TD’s and Councillors to start the process of preparing the work so as to be ready for future allocations of funds.”
Added September 21st, 2017
Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Patrick O’Donovan has welcome the €411,000 in funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes in Limerick.
The funding will allow for the repair and improvement of small roads and laneways leading to local people’s homes and businesses that are not under the normal maintenance of the Local Authorities.
Minister O’Donovan said: “I am delighted to announce that €411,000 funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes here in Limerick.
“I have been in constant communication with my Ministerial colleagues on the importance of the Local Improvement Scheme for people who live in rural Ireland.
“For people who live in rural areas like Limerick, road connectivity is hugely important.
“The ability of people to access their own premises, a farmyard or a neighbour’s house is compromised when roads are in a bad state of repair. For emergency services, too, bad road surfaces can lead to delays in accessing sites and can damage their vehicles.
“An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring have announced the Government is providing a total of €10 million to fund this scheme across the country.
“This will be combined with a small contribution from householders (10-15% of total costs) and Local Authorities, and will allow for the maintenance and improvement of many local roads all over Ireland.
“The re-introduction of the LIS is an important part of the delivery of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development. One of the Pillars of the Action Plan focuses on improving rural infrastructure and connectivity.
“The Government’s vision for rural Ireland is very simple when it comes down to it – We want rural Ireland to be a better place in which to live and work by creating new opportunities, improving connectivity between rural and urban areas, and by protecting and enhancing services in the community.
“We want to offer the opportunity for young people to have access to good-quality jobs so that they can continue to live in rural Ireland if they so choose. And the Action Plan for Rural Development provides the framework to achieve this.”
Added August 16th, 2017
“This is a great initiative and one which has been worked on since the last Government allocated funding to the Council through the Hinterland Study. It has been developed jointly by the Council working closely with the Gardaí, members of the local community and the Joint Policing Committee which I am a member of. I believe it is important to acknowledge all those who have worked to develop the scheme and bring it to this stage.”
The scheme which is being rolled out in fourteen communities will see cameras placed at agreed locations in; Abbeyfeale, Adare, Askeaton, Caherconlish, Cappamore, Castleconnell, Croom, Foynes, Kilmallock, Murroe, Pallasgreen, Patrickswell, Newcastle West and Rathkeale. The placing of the cameras is being done in consultation with the local communities.
“This scheme is being designed to help Gardaí detect and investigate crimes that happen and also to react to any emergencies. The cameras will also assist in the planning of traffic management in these towns and villages and will hopefully also help in combating illegal dumping and improve animal control.”
Minister O’Donovan added “This program will see forty four cameras in fourteen locations being placed across the County. We all are anxious to see how the scheme progresses and if it is as successful as we hope it will be, then I think there is every reason why it should be extended in these fourteen locations and also introduced to other towns and villages across Limerick.”
Added July 31st, 2017
Minister of State for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform and Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan, has welcomed the allocation of €135,270 for rural recreation projects in Limerick.
“Limerick has been allocated €135,270 for rural recreation projects, which is extremely welcome and will help to boost tourism here in Limerick and in the surrounding region.
“This funding is part of €11 million in funding for over 200 projects nationally under the 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, announced by my colleague Michael Ring, T.D Minister for Rural and Community Development.
“The Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and is designed to maintain and improve our outdoor recreational infrastructure including for example our greenways, blueways and walking trails.
“Limerick projects receiving grants include
- River Walk at Templeathea, Athea
- Mullaghareirk/Broadford Ashford walking trails
- Attycran Loop, Kilbehenny
- Promotion of trail infrastructure in the Ballyhoura region
- Shannon Estuary drive, Ballysteen Pier
- Clare Glens Loop Walk, Murroe
- Darby’s Bed Loop Walk, Galbally
- Doon Convent Farm Walk
- Glin Heritage Walking Trails
- Kilfinane – Slievereagh Loop
- Knockfierna Famine Memorial Walks
- Manor Fields, Adare
- Moor Abbey Loop, Galbally
- Castleconnell Walk
- The marketing and publicity of outdoor recreation amenities, facilities and activities across Limerick, through West Limerick Resourese and Ballyhourna Development
Added July 21st, 2017
Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform has received confirmation from his colleague Minister of State Kevin Moran, that the Office of Public Works have made an allocation of €55,800 to Limerick City and County Council to carry out works at Ballycullen, Askeaton.
“This is good news from the OPW. The office have over the recent past, made a number of allocations to Limerick through the Council to have minor flood works done across Limerick. I work closely with Minister of State Moran and I have been raising a number of projects with him in his role as Minister for the OPW that I would like to see completed in Limerick.”
Patrick O’Donovan added that he continues to raise a number of other flooding issues with OPW through the Minister’s Office and he is hopeful of making progress.
“Over the last few years the Government has been prioritising flood relief works on roads in particular. I hope in the coming months with the establishment of the new Department of Community and Rural Affairs that we will be able to make improvements on our huge rural road network. This is a priority for Minister Michael Ring and something I intend to pursue with him.”
Added July 17th, 2017
Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure AND Reform, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news from the Minister for Education and Skill, Richard Bruton TD that the total number of Special Needs assistants (SNA’s) in limerick is to increase 528 to 561, an increase of 33 for the coming school year. Patrick O’Donovan said that the increase represents the Government’s commitment to the provision of special needs education at both primary and secondary level with 117 of the positions for Special Schools.
“This is good news for the children across Co. Limerick who require the assistance of a Special Needs Assistant, but it is also good news for their parents and the schools that they are attending. I worked myself as a primary teacher and I know at first hand the difference that an SAN can make to the teaching and learning in our classrooms.
“When we entered Government in 2011 there was 10,575 SNA’s working in Irish schools. Following this announcement there will be 13,990, the largest number of SNA’s ever, an increase of over 32%since 2011. This is clear evidence of this Government’s commitment to the needs of special education in our schools.”
“As a Government we have also increased the total budget for special education to €1.68billion because as a Government we recognise the need for children to get the best possible start in education and we want to make sure that the resources that are needed for them and for their teachers and schools are in place.”
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Added July 17th, 2017
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Added June 20th, 2017
Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan, has said he is delighted be appointed by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, to become the new Minister of State at the Departments of Finance, and Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government, and eGovernment.
Patrick O’Donovan said that he is honoured to be asked by the Taoiseach to take on the role, particularly as he is now the only Minister from Limerick in Government.
This is Patrick O’Donovan’s second appointment having served as Minister for State for Tourism and Sport where he emphasised the need for counties like Limerick to receive greater levels of assistance in the promotion of Tourism. He added “I am looking forward to my new role at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, there are many challenges across the area particularly with Brexit and I hope to be able to bring my experience as a TD for the last six years to my new role.
Patrick served as member of Limerick County Council from 2003 until 2011, when he was elected to the Dáil at his first attempt. Prior to becoming a TD, he qualified and worked as an industrial chemist before then becoming a primary school teacher. He has been a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport & Communications, the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and the Public Accounts Committee.
He thanked his supporters and people of County Limerick for the continuous and ongoing support, without which he said he would not be able to carry out his role as a TD and Minister.
Added June 20th, 2017
Pilot Scheme to Develop Touring Routes off Wild Atlantic Way
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, and Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan, unveiled the route for the Shannon Estuary Drive on Friday last – the first in what is hoped to be a series of drives which will be developed by Fáilte Ireland in collaboration with local stakeholders to encourage visitors to discover the variety of inland visitor experiences as they travel along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Shannon Estuary is a large tidal estuary on the west coast of Ireland where Ireland’s longest river; the Shannon joins the Atlantic Ocean.
The announcement took place in Glin, Co Limerick and welcoming the initiative to broaden visitor activity in the Mid-West, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport and Limerick County T.D. Patrick O’Donovan said –
“The Shannon Estuary Way new visitor experience provides a significant opportunity for Limerick and Ennis, as gateway towns to the Wild Atlantic Way, and will open up the region’s inland hinterland to visitors as well as support the strong local accommodation base and variety of visitor attractions and services along the route.
“As the Wild Atlantic Way continues to grow, we can now start to develop additional experiences for visitors to enjoy and, through initiatives like this; we can start to develop tourism activity which ensures a greater spread of visitors across the West of Ireland.”
A brand new visitor friendly map of the Shannon Estuary route has now been designed and printed to promote the locality’s key visitor experiences, attractions, towns and villages. The map is now ready for distribution to local businesses and tourist information offices for the 2017 summer season. The map will also be available in key accommodation hubs and all major attractions along the route and will be published on www.wildatlanticway.com
The Shannon Estuary drive is a looped route of approximately 207km (135 miles) and incorporates the following locations:
• Limerick City
Speaking at the launch, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Fiona Monaghan emphasised –
“While the Wild Atlantic Way continues to thrive in terms of visitor numbers and awareness, we need to ensure we continue to develop and build on it – and use its growing appeal to spread tourism activity into as many parts as possible. Initiatives such as the Shannon Estuary Way will do just that and encourage tourists to broaden their visit beyond the coastal touring route – enhancing the experience in a way which will benefit visitors and local communities alike.”
The next steps for the project include the development of a navigation and viewing point strategy developed in collaboration with key stakeholders.