Added January 7th, 2019
Minister Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the inclusion of €900,000 towards the design of the Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale relief roads as part of an allocation of over €10million to Limerick City and County Council for works on National Roads. The allocation also includes €1.4million towards continuing design of the Limerick to Foynes road, which includes the bypass of Adare, €2.2million for the Council on design works for the Limerick to Cork Motorway and €500,000 for the Cahir to Limerick Junction road on the N24.
“Transport Infrastructure Ireland, who are the Government agency responsible for National Roads have provided these funds which will allow the Council to proceed with badly needed works including projects like the traffic calming scheme in Kilcornan on the N69 which has been allocated €250,000.”
“In relation to the Abbeyfeale and Newcastle West relief road projects, as the local Minister I sought to have these included in the National Development Plan, Project Ireland 2040. These road projects could not have proceeded unless they were specifically included in the Plan, and in the run up to its publication I worked hard to get them included as specific projects in the Plan. Now we are starting to see funding being allocated to the projects. The money involved here, almost €1million, will allow the Council to complete much of the work needed to get routes for both towns.”
“Including Abbeyfeale and Newcastle West for early stage funding now is vital because work is continuing to progress on the design of the bypass of Adare and the Foynes Road to Limerick. Once that road is started and possibly completed in stages, the traffic problem will move on to the other towns. So starting now to put a plan in place for them is absolutely critical.”
The allocation also includes €2.4million for pavement works on national roads in Limerick and €671,000 for other maintenance works across the County.
“As the economy has improved we have been able to increase spending on day to day maintenance and on long term capital programme for roads across the Country. I know as Minister in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform that budgets across all Departments have increased and that further funding is going to become available under the National Development Plan. Being ready to be able to get that funding is very important so this funding for the Council will be of huge importance to get these projects on Limerick’s roads moving forward.”
Added January 4th, 2019
Limerick Minister, Patrick O’Donovan TD has announced funding of €510,576 for Limerick being allocated under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).
The Community Enhancement Programme, which is funded by Minister Michael Ring, provides capital grants to community groups and is targeted towards enhancing facilities in communities. The CEP supports a range of investment in all areas of communities, such as childcare groups, playgrounds, recreational groups, sports grounds, landscaping, and supporting the elderly.
“As the local Minister I am delighted with this announcement which will see projects across Limerick benefit from this funding announcement.
“With 162 projects many communities across County Limerick will benefit from this funding, such as Newcastle West €19,992, Croom €13,739 and Ballyagran €12,807. This is yet a further example of the Government’s investment into our rural communities.
“As the Minister here in Limerick, I have worked with all of my Government colleagues to ensure the maximum amount of funding for Limerick under a variety of different headings, and I am delighted to say that working together with other Ministers I have been successful in delivering to the our constituency. It is my intention for 2019 to continue working as hard for our area to continue the funding stream for Limerick.
Details of the successful projects can be found at https://drcd.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/CEP-Jan-2019-Project-approvals.pdf
Added December 20th, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has said the decision by the United States Authorities to remove Aughinish Alumina from a sanction list is massive boost for Limerick and the wider region.
“Over the last number of months as the local TD and Minister I’ve been working on a weekly basis with the management at Aughinish ensuring that every possible resource in Government was channelled to make sure Aughinish secured the best outcome.
“I met on countless occasions with my colleagues in Government, including the Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Ministers Paschal Donohoe and Heather Humphreys to ensure that the importance of Aughinish was kept at the top of their agendas.
“I travelled to the US to meet representatives of the Treasury, State Department, Members of the Senate and House of Representatives both as a representative of the Irish Government and more importantly as the local TD for Limerick to push the case for Aughinish and its employees and our local area.
“Aughinish is a key part of the global supply of aluminium so the decision taken in Washington will provide certainty. It is important for all of us to bear in mind that the decision is still subject to a thirty day review period by the US Congress.
“I can say that every piece of our Government has worked to deliver this result. I know from my ongoing dealings in government that the leadership shown by our Taoiseach and Ministers and the tireless work by our officials across several departments with our diplomats in Washington has been magnificent.
“The close cooperation between the company’s local management, our Government and the US Authorities have got us where we are now and as the local TD and Government Minister I can say no stone has been left unturned on this journey. I hope after the next thirty days that the company moves forward with renewed ambition in Limerick.
Added November 23rd, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan has this morning welcomed the announcement by his colleague Michael Ring TD the Minister for Rural and Community Development that Limerick is to receive €7,167,477 for projects in the first tranche of funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF).
The approved projects are: Great Southern Greenway (€2,724,657), Murroe Community Hub (€3,816,451) and the Local Hub in Glenbrohane (€626,369).
The funding announcement this morning for Limerick forms part of the Government’s investment under Project Ireland 2040.
One of the main objectives of the Fund is to support projects which would not find the support needed elsewhere or to build on supports already offered elsewhere by Government, meaning more can be done.
“As a local TD and Minister I am delighted with this massive investment by the Government in County Limerick, one of the largest allocations across the Country. The Government has made a long-term commitment to rural regeneration and development and since 2012 and we have been investing in our rural communities under a number of different headings.”
“Minister Ring has also informed me that further shovel-ready projects will be announced for funding early in 2019, and funding will also be made available for projects which require further development to make them ready in time for further calls for applications under the fund. Minister Ring has told me that he intends to make further announcements early in the New Year, and this is obviously important for communities not included in this round.”
Minister O’Donovan urges business owners to attend a ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ workshop in Limerick
Added November 20th, 2018
Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan T.D has urged businesses and individuals to attend a ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ workshop this Friday, November 23rd, 2018 at Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick.
The seminar is an opportunity for business owners and anyone concerned about Brexit to meet with and hear from government departments and agencies who have been working hard on getting the best deal for Ireland.
The event will be attended by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D,
Those wishing to attend can register for a place on www.dfa.ie or https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/getting-brexit-ready-limerick-tickets-52404472187
Registration opens at 9am, and the event will run from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., the workshop will offer advice and information on supports available.
Individuals / companies with an interest in the business, agri-food / fisheries and tourism sectors are welcome to attend the workshop for free but registration is required in advance.
Minister O’Donovan said it was opportunity for people to see all the hard work that has been done by the government.
He said: “This is an excellent chance for businesses especially those in the areas of agriculture, fisheries and tourism to meet with government departments and specific agencies who can advise them on how best to prepare for Brexit.
“It is also a good way people can see how hard our negotiating teams have worked on their behalf.”
Added November 20th, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news that almost €407,000 has been allocated by Minister Michael Ring for the development of the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike trails.
“This is a massive investment by the Government in South Limerick will build the reputation of the Ballyhoura Trails as Ireland’s premier biking trails.”
“Since 2012 the Government have been investing in our rural communities under a number of different headings, and this latest of €8.1million nationally under the Outdoor Rural Recreation Scheme will help rural communities across the country build their tourism potential.”
As a local TD here in Limerick, I know from speaking to people in the south of the County, the importance and the potential of the Ballyhoura Trails, so this investment by the Government will I know be very welcome by people across the area. The trails are an important tourism asset for Co. Limerick and so this investment will make a major difference.”
“We have a number of different schemes underway to invest by the Government in rural areas. I am anxious as a Government TD to secure the maximum level of investment here in Co Limerick, so this announcement by my colleague Minister Michael Ring of a €407,000 investment is very good news for Co. Limerick.”
Added October 26th, 2018
Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan hails planning approval as a “great day for Limerick”
Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan T.D has welcomed the news that the International Rugby Experience in Limerick City Centre is to go ahead.
The former Minister for Sport described the decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission as “brilliant news for the people of Limerick”.
He said: “ As a Minister from Limerick and someone that has served as Minister for Sport, I am delighted this €30 million euro project is going ahead”.
“It is going to offer a huge boost to tourism and will bring up to 100 jobs. It’s an indication of how far Limerick has come and how progressive and forward thinking those involved in the project are.”
Minister O’Donovan honoured to represent the government at the 2018 International Commemoration of the Irish famine in Melbourne
Added October 23rd, 2018
The Limerick T.D will lead a delegation leaving for Australia today
Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan T.D will represent the government at the 2018 International Commemoration of the Great Irish Famine at the Famine Rock in Williamstown, Melbourne this Sunday October 28th.
The Limerick T.D will lead a delegation from Ireland who will honour and remember those who emigrated and took to the seas during An Gorta Mór.
He said: “I am delighted and honoured to represent the Government and the people of Ireland at our International Famine commemoration”.
“This is the twentieth annual commemoration ceremony to be held and it is particularly fitting, that this year’s overseas commemoration is held in Melbourne given the strong historical bonds between Melbourne and Ireland”.
“Some of the many thousands of Irish people, our ancestors, who travelled from Ireland between 1848 and 1850 in the hope of a new chance at life, many of them from County Limerick, were processed through the Government Depot in William St. Melbourne”.
“This year’s commemoration represents an opportunity to not only honour the work of the Irish Community in Melbourne in preserving its history ,but also to pay tribute to the memory of those who went before them”.
“I look forward to meeting with some of our more recent emigrants to Melbourne who remain proud Irish citizens”.
“It is important for Irish people all over the world to remember those who suffered and died in what was one of the darkest time in our country’s past”.
Minister O’Donovan will also undertake a series of engagement to promote trade and investment including events with tourism Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce and Educational Institutions.
Added October 5th, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan has expressed his delight with the news that the Limerick County Constituency is to receive €867,918 in Government funding from Minister Michael Ring under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
Projects in Abbeyfeale, Ballyhahill, Ballylanders, Ballysteen, Glin, Kilmeedy, Kilfinnane and Shanagolden 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 since we went into office.”
Patrick O’Donovan added that further investment is expected from Minister Ring shortly under the Governments €1billion Rural Regeneration Fund.
“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.”
Added September 21st, 2018
Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the announcement of €763,000 in funding for investment in rural water schemes in Limerick.
The allocation was made by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy as part of a €20million investment nationally.
Minister O’Donovan said “This investment by the Government is very important for the communities concerned. Provision of good quality water is a priority and this allocation which is being made to Limerick City and County Council will be an important part of that objective.”
“As a rural TD I am constantly advocating for investment in our rural infrastructure including our water network and I will continue to do that with my Government colleagues on behalf of the constituency here in Limerick County.”