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Limerick to receive €135,085 in additional funding under the Local Improvement Scheme – O’Donovan

Added December 12th, 2017

Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Patrick O’Donovan TD has welcomed the news that he has received from the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, that Limerick City & County Council is to receive additional funding of €135,085 under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS). This is on top of the €411,000 that was allocated earlier this year.

Speaking today the Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan TD said: “this is further good news for rural County Limerick. This funding will allow for the repair and improvement of small roads and laneways leading to local people’s homes and businesses that are not covered under the normal maintenance of the local authority”.

“Funding for Local Improvement Schemes was cut for a time during to the economic downturn and I am glad that this funding has now since been reinstated. I have been in constant communication with my Ministerial colleagues on the importance of the Local Improvement Scheme for people who live in rural Limerick. For people who live in rural areas, road connectivity is hugely important.”

“This is a further commitment by the Department for Rural and Community Development and Minister Michael Ring towards rural county Limerick. I have worked closely with Limerick City & County Council and Minister Ring in securing this funding for the County.”

“This funding along with recent announcements in the Sports Capital Programme €1,583,629, Town & Village Renewal Scheme €1,087,943, the Rural Recreation Scheme €135,270 and Clár €161,730 really shows the commitment by this Government of investing in rural County Limerick.”


Limerick County to receive €1,583,629 under the Sports Capital Programme – O’Donovan

Added November 29th, 2017

Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance and Public Expenditure, Patrick O’Donovan TD, has said he is delighted with the news that almost €1.6million is to be invested in the Limerick County Constituency under the Sports Capital Program.

“This is fantastic news for Co. Limerick, for the clubs and organisations, their volunteers and the communities that they’re based in. Local sports organisations are constantly trying to improve their facilities and I know the difficulties that they encounter in trying to raise money. This is particularly difficult in smaller communities with small populations, so being able to deliver this money to the constituency as a Minister is important for me.”

“When I was Minister for Sport I reopened the Sports Capital Programme for applications because I could see the need for investment in our communities. I convinced my Government colleagues that this was needed and I’m delighted now to say that sixty different projects in our area are being funded through this programme.”

Patrick O’Donovan said he understood that not every club got what they had looked for and some were unsuccessful in their efforts; however he said that Minister Brendan Griffin had awarded funds to those clubs whose applications were valid.

He added that as Minister for Sport he had managed to have the scheme put on an annual basis. “This means that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will be able to open applications again for clubs and organisations to seek funding under the scheme in the near future, and as someone who has seen the benefit of the programme as Minister for Sport I certainly will be pushing Government to do that once these allocations have been awarded.”

“This is good news for the towns, villages and parishes across Co. Limerick who will receive this funding. The funding means that construction companies across Limerick will be able to get local contracts in the community, something which I know will be a very positive thing for our rural economy.”

Sports Capital Programme Limerick County Allocations 2017
Project Grant Awarded
Abbeyfeale FC €38,000
Abbeyfeale RFC €33,500
Adare Recreation €55,000
Adare United €23,000
Athea AFC €10,500
Athea GAA €24,000
Aughinish Diving Club €12,000
Bally Rovers FC €6,000
Ballyhourna Development CLG €4,000
Ballylanders GAA €4,500
Blackrock GAA Club €7,000
Broadford United AFC €32,500
Bruff GAA €22,500
Caherline GAA €25,000
Cappagh GAA €9,000
Cappamore GAA €74,500
Carrickerry Sports Association Ltd €19,000
Castletown/Ballyagran GAA €49,500
Crecora Camogie Club €1,000
Crecora GAA €14,000
Croom GAA €64,500
Doon GAA €68,000
Dromin Athlacca GAA €54,000
Effin GAA €11,000
Feenagh / Kilmeedy GAA €10,000
Foynes Yacht Club €16,500
Fr. Caseys GAA €46,500
Galbally RFC €1,000
Garyspillane GAA €30,500
Granagh / Ballingarry GAA €41,000
Granagh Camogie €3,629
Holycross AFC €29,000
Hospital Handball Club €43,500
Kilfrush Crusaders FC €3,000
Killeedy GAA €68,000
Kilmallock United AFC €36,500
Kilteely Dromkeen GAA €76,000
Knockainey AFC €60,000
Knockane GAA €50,000
Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board (Askeaton) €69,500
Loughill Community Council (ABHA Bhan Parish Park Ltd) €49,500
Newcastle Community Centre €18,000
Newcastle West AFC €18,500
Newcastle West GAA €80,000
Newcastle West Golf Club €8,500
Newcastle West Rovers FC €18,000
Newcastle West (MUGA) €29,000
Patrickswell Community Council €23,000
Rathkeale Boxing Club €2,000
Shanagolden Community Council €5,500
Shountrade Soccer Club €3,000
Springfield Basketball Club €1,500
Ardagh District Recreational & Sporting Company Ltd €7,500
St Senans GAA €40,000
St. Marys Sean Finns €11,000
Team Adare Cycling Club €3,500
West Limerick Sports Complex €18,500
Total €1,583,629

€84,000 in funding for Limerick towns and villages to mark 60th anniversary of Tidy Towns – O’Donovan

Added November 20th, 2017

Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Patrick O’Donovan TD has welcomed the news that Towns and villages in Limerick are set to benefit from €84,000 in Government funding to mark 60th anniversary of Tidy Towns.

The funding was announced this week by the Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD.

This scheme will allow each local committee to apply for a grant of between €1000 and €4000 to support the work they do.

Patrick O’Donovan TD said: “I am delighted to see even more funding going to towns and villages here in Limerick. I have no doubt that the money will be a huge boost to our local communities and will be put to great use.

“This funding is an acknowledgment from our Government of the amazing work that has been done by tidy town’s organisations up and down the county for the last 60 years. These organisations have played in integral role in our local communities for decades now.

“TidyTowns competition inspires a huge amount of voluntary effort in towns and villages across the country. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who give up their free time to make our communities better places to live.

“Being a volunteer with TidyTowns allows individuals to practice their passion for the good of their community, whether that passion concerns the built environment, landscaping, sustainable living, and local wildlife or organising a litter collection; there is a place for it in TidyTowns.

This funding for 63 TidyTowns organisations here in Limerick, will not just celebrate the last 60 years, but also help us look towards the future.”

Minister Michael Ring said: “This investment is a further sign of the Government’s commitment to supporting our towns and villages. In October I announced €21.6 million in funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme which will help revitalise over 280 towns and villages across rural Ireland.

“The grant scheme announced today is a once off investment by the Department of Rural and Community Development to mark the 60th anniversary of the TidyTowns competition in 2018 and is additional to the support provided by the Department on an ongoing basis.”




All applicants, who have applied to enter the competition, in any of the past 3 years will be eligible. Pobal will administer the scheme on behalf of the Department and will contact all eligible groups directly over the coming weeks to facilitate the drawdown of the funding.

Under the scheme villages are eligible to receive €1,000; small towns are eligible to receive €2,000, large towns are eligible to receive €3,000; and large urban centres are eligible to receive €4,000.

TidyTown Group  Award
Kilmallock €2,000
Garryspillane €2,000
Kilmeedy €1,000
Kilteely €1,000
Kilfinane €1,000
Abbeyfeale €2,000
Adare €2,000
Ardpatrick €1,000
Askeaton €2,000
Ballyorgan €1,000
Broadford €1,000
Croagh €1,000
Croom €2,000
Feenagh €1,000
Foynes €1,000
Galbally €1,000
Glenbrohane €1,000
Glenosheen €1,000
Glin €1,000
Hospital €2,000
Knocklong €1,000
Mountcollins €1,000
Murroe €2,000
Newcastle West €3,000
Rathkeale €2,000
Templeglantine €1,000
Tournafulla €1,000
Doon €1,000
Dromcollogher €1,000
Athea €1,000
Castleconnell €2,000
Ballyhahill €1,000
Bruff €1,000
Cappamore €1,000
Glenroe €1,000
Kilbehenny €1,000
Knockainey €1,000
Castlemahon €1,000
Caherconlish €2,000
Kildimo €1,000
Oola €1,000
Ballyneety €1,000
Annacotty €2,000
Clarina €1,000
Distillery View Estate €1,000
Anglesborough €1,000
Moyross €2,000
Caherdavin €2,000
Woodlawn €1,000
Elton €1,000
Carew Kincora €2,000
Limerick City Centre €4,000
Delmege Park €1,000
O Malley Keyes Parks €1,000
Weston €1,000
Carabullane €1,000
Rockhill Bruree €1,000
Meadowbrook Corbally €1,000
Gouldavoher €1,000
Weston Gardens €1,000
Kilcornan €1,000
Garrienderk €1,000
Southill €2,000


Limerick Libraries set to benefit from €196,785 funding- O’Donovan

Added November 9th, 2017

Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Patrick O’Donovan TD, has welcomed the news that libraries in Limerick are set to benefit from €196,785 in funding.

The funding was announced this week by the Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD.

Minister O’Donovan said this represents an unprecedented Government investment in our public libraries. The funding will allow for the modernisation of our library service and for the extension of library opening hours.

“This investment package comprises €147,588 from the Department of Rural and Community Development, supplemented by additional funding of €49,197 from Limerick City & County Council. This funding is in addition to significant funding already provided by Minister Ring’s Department for public libraries here this year.”

“Here in Limerick this investment will enable the implementation of our new public library strategy which will be launched early next year and which will be focused on modernising the public library service and enhancing the range and quality of services available to users. This programme of funding demonstrates Fine Gaels continued commitment to the public library service over the coming five-year period of the strategy.”

O’Donovan welcomes new beds for St. Ita’s

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.”

Over €1million in funding to Limerick under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme: O’Donovan

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.”

€411,000 in funding for Local Improvement Schemes in Limerick –O’Donovan

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.”

O’Donovan welcomes new Smart CCTV Programme

Added August 16th, 2017

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Limerick’s Minister, Patrick O’Donovan TD has welcomed the decision of the Joint Policing Committee, which is a member of, to approve and proceed with the with the new Smart CCTV Program. The program is the first of its kind in Limerick and is being funded jointly by the Government and Limerick City and County Council. The Government have put forward €250,000 towards the cost of the scheme.

“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.”

€135,270 for rural recreation projects will boost tourism in 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


€55,800 approved for works at Ballycullen, Askeaton – O’Donovan

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.”

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