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.”
Added September 18th, 2018
Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD committed to facing down the threat of Brexit
Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan, has spoken of his resolve to continue to work and deliver for Limerick, as the Dáil reconvenes.
Speaking ahead of the first sitting of the new Dáil term Minister O’Donovan said the main focus of the government was to deliver a balanced and fair budget.
The Minister also cited the upcoming Brexit negotiations as a major priority, while praising the progress already made.
He said: “I, along with my colleagues in Fine Gael, am committed to improving the daily lives of everyone on the island of Ireland”.
“I am determined to deliver for the people of Limerick”
“And today I am delighted to announce the allocation of €63,320.80, by Minister Michael Ring, to six major rural recreation projects across Limerick.
“As I have said many times before reducing the threat posed by Brexit is also top of my agenda. While we are facing into unchartered territory in terms of Brexit, Limerick people can rest assured, I am fighting for their best interests, every day.
“We have already made progress in key areas, including taking the lowest paid out of the income tax net.”
“Housing remains a major issue for this government; we have made positive advances in Limerick.”
“While the next six months ahead will be among the busiest faced by many of us in government there is much to be positive about.”
“We are committed to ensuring that middle income earners will take home more of their hard-earned pay.”
“We are committed to easing the burden on working families through continuing the work we started on childcare, early education and the introduction of childcare subsidies, pre-school and paternity benefit.”
“As we enter the new sitting of the Dáil I look forward to serving all the people of the Mid-West Region.”
“I’m working towards more and more people feeling the recovery.”
Added September 6th, 2018
Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD believes progress has been made in key areas
Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan, has spoken of his determination and commitment to best serve his constituents, ahead of the reconvening of the Dail. Speaking at the Fine Gael think in, in Galway today Minister O’Donovan said the main focus of the government was to deliver a balanced and fair budget. He also praised major progress in relation to housing in Limerick since the beginning of 2017.
He said: “Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made it clear, Fine Gael are committed to improving living standards. We as a government have already taken the lowest paid out of the income tax net altogether, now we will ensure that middle income earners will take home more of their hard-earned pay. As I have said many times before a major priority for me is reducing the threat posed by Brexit on the agricultural sector. As we saw last week there has been major advances regarding the Fair Deal Scheme.”
“I am delighted to reveal that since the beginning of 2017 there has been 746 newly built homes completed in Limerick. The number of new homes granted planning permission in Limerick, in the same period is 774. In the same period, 923 households have been supported through HAP and RAS. We have also made great strides in terms of the provision of social housing in the period of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.”
“In total 317 new social housing homes have been delivered through, build, acquisition and long term leasing in Limerick. There are currently 66 social houses on site in Limerick and a further 653 social houses going through the various states of approval. I want the people of my region to know I am working tirelessly with colleagues to get the best possible deal for them.”
“While there is much to be positive about I was particularly pleased that the difference in the rate of income tax paid by those on average incomes was acknowledged. More balance is needed. Progress has been made, with the introduction of childcare subsidies, pre-school and paternity benefit. The Taoiseach also acknowledged the need to reduce the cost of childcare for more families.”
“As we enter the new sitting of the Dail I look forward to serving all the people of the Mid-West Region. I’m working towards more and more people feeling the recovery.”
Added September 3rd, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister, Patrick O’Donovan has announced that St. Fergus’ National School in Glin has been approved €50,000 in funding under the CLÁR programme. This funding will go towards the construction of a new carpark and drop off area on the school grounds and adjacent to the public road. This will allow parents to safely drop off and pick up their children in the mornings and the evenings.
“I worked very closely with local Councillor John Sheahan, the School Principal, Board of Management and Minister Michael Ring in order to get this project approved. This is a very welcome announcement for the school, pupils and the local community, as it will allow for safer travel to and from the school. I am very proud to be able to deliver this for Glin.”
“Over the last number of years the Government have invested significant sums of money in a number of rural development schemes. One of these is the CLÁR Programme which supports communities under a range of different headings. During that time I have worked closely with my colleague Minister Michael Ring, to secure the maximum amount of funding for County Limerick. This project in Glin joins a long list of successful applications that have been awarded funding from the Department.”
Added August 31st, 2018
Limerick TD, Minister Patrick O’Donovan turns the sod on new school building for Colaiste Chiarain
Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD, has hailed the start of construction on the new school building for Colaiste Chiarain as “a bright new era in education for Croom”.
The Limerick TD, officially turned the sod on the greenfield site, on what will be the new state-of-the-art Colaiste Chiarain secondary school, this morning (FRI).
The Minister said: “I am immensely pleased to be here today on what is a historic day for Colaiste Chiarain and the town of Croom.
“For years I, together with my colleague Cllr Stephen Keary, have worked tirelessly with the Minister for Education and the Education and Training Board to secure this vital development for Croom.”
“During that time there has been many disappointments and setbacks. “While today feels like a new beginning it was a long and often challenging journey to get here. However, we persevered, because Croom and its young people deserve nothing less than this outstanding development.”
“Going forward I wish everyone involved in the construction phase of this mammoth project the very best of luck. Education is one of the most precious things in the world and to be part of something so important to this community is a great privilege.”
“It is just one of a number of new school projects the government are delivering on across the county. In places like Doon, Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock and Newcastle West we have made substantial investments in our second level schools.Other secondary schools have also received funding for refurbishment and we have also provided significant resources for primary schools across Limerick including new schools, extensions and refurbishments.”
Added August 30th, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news that the Government has opened the Sports Capital Programme for applications. A total of €40million has been provided by the Government for the 2018 round of grants. Patrick O’Donovan, who opened the last round of Sports Capital, said the announcement would be warmly welcomed by sports clubs and organisations across Co. Limerick.
“Our sports clubs are the backbone of communities across Limerick. I know from dealing with so many of them all over the county, of the immense voluntary effort that they put in, year in, year out to keeping these vital amenities in a condition that they can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike people in the area. Over the last number of years we have made great progress in improving the facilities available for participants and spectators, however there is more that needs to be done. That’s why the opening of this scheme is so important.”
The last round of Sports Capital grants, which were opened by Patrick O’Donovan, saw €1,680,129 invested by the Government in 58 clubs and organisations across Co. Limerick in a variety of different sports.
“I have asked the Department to make sure that the application process for these grants is kept as simple as possible and that assistance and advice be made available from the Department to applicants. We want to make sure that the greatest number of clubs and organisations receive assistance from the Government so that they can invest in their local areas.”
“I know that given the amount of interest in the last two rounds of the scheme that this one is likely to receive a lot of attention and that there will probably be a large number of applicants. County Limerick has fared well in the last two rounds and I hope that we will be equally as successful this time.”
Clubs and Organisations who wish to avail of the programme must register by 5pm on Friday the 5th October and applications can be submitted from 9am on Friday the 7th September until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.
Further details on the Programme are available from my office on 069 77998.
Added August 1st, 2018
Limerick TD, Minister Patrick O’Donovan holds constructive meeting with IFA representatives
Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD, recently held a very positive meeting with Limerick and regional delegates of the Irish Farmers Association.
Concerns surrounding the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) were the main focus of the meeting.
The Minister is keenly aware of the concerns held by farmers throughout Ireland regarding the uncertainty posed by Brexit.
Minister O’Donovan said: “The importance of maximising the CAP budget post-2020 is a major priority both for me and this government.
“I will also be meeting with other farming organisations to discuss their concerns going into the next Dail term.
“I am strongly engaged with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and European Commissioner Phil Hogan on this issue.
“There is a need for everyone with an interest in the future of farming in Ireland to work together to ensure that farming families are protected and delivered to.
“Given the importance of the agricultural sector to our economy locally in Limerick, I will work tirelessly, through all the avenues available to me as a TD, to ensure the issues affecting farmers and those working in the agricultural and food sectors are heard by Government.”