Added April 16th, 2019
When I was Minister for Tourism I developed the Local Authority Tourism Strategy, and I was delighted to join my own Council, Limerick City & County Council for their own launch today.
Limerick Tourism Development Strategy 2019 – 2023 has identified Limerick’s unique position on the west coast of Ireland and as a gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way as central to developing the sector. It envisages that the total number of visitors to Limerick will reach 1.1 million per annum, generating more than €360 million in revenue and creating 1,500 new jobs by 2023.
For more information please on the following link: https://www.limerick.ie/council/newsroom/news/untapping-limericks-potential-tourism-destination-can-lead-creation-1500-jobs
Added April 1st, 2019
Limerick TD and local Minister Patrick O’Donovan has this morning announced €234,000 in funding for flood relief works on Marine Cove Road in Foynes.
“I have been working with Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran on a number of flood related issues in Foynes and I am delighted to have been able to secure this funding for the Marine Cove area. The allocation will allow for works that will channel the water away from the road to the river.”
Minister O’Donovan confirmed that he is continuing to work with Minister Moran on securing further funding from the Office of Public Works for works in Foynes and the Shannon Estuary area.
Added April 1st, 2019
Limerick Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD and Councillor John Sheahan have this morning welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Agriculture Food & Marine, Michael Creed TD that he has allocated €111,000 to Limerick City & County Council for Glin Pier for improvement and safety works.
The announcement this morning is made under the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2019 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, in which a €2.2m package has been announced to assist 12 Coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 39 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them.
Patrick O’Donovan in welcoming the announcement said “that this is funding will go a long way towards the modernisation and improving safety on the pier. It is a welcome announcement which will benefit the community and many visitors to the area”.
Cllr John Sheahan said that he as the local councillor is “delighted that the application was successful and it is great news for Glin. This is part of an ongoing programme in the restoration of piers in the county. These essential works when completed will no doubt enhance the works already carried out on the pier”.
Both Patrick and John have worked on securing funding for Glin Pier over the last number of years and this funding announced this morning follows €30,000 in funding that was previously granted for resurfacing at the pier.
Added February 14th, 2019
Limerick TD and Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan has announced funding for projects in Limerick under the rural development fund. €330,000 is being allocated to Newcastle West for the redevelopment of Fullers Folly in the town along with a tourism masterplan for the town, and the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails is one of five projects that will share €10.2million.
“The funding for Fullers Folly in Newcastle West will allow for further development and restoration of the building. I have worked closely with Limerick City and County Council, over the last few years to have the building taken into public ownership and to put a plan in place to have the building used as a centre of tourism in the town. Recently I held a meeting between the Council and Fáilte Ireland, where this project was discussed so I am delighted that Michael Ring has made this allocation to Newcastle West.”
The Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails is also to receive another investment from the Government. The trail is one of five projects that will share €10.2million between them.
“This is yet another major investment by the Government into Ballyhoura. Recently the Government allocated €407,000 to the trail, so this allocation is a statement by the Government that Ballyhoura has the potential to be a major centre of tourism in South Limerick.
The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund is a key component of Project Ireland 2040, which is the Government’s plan for balanced regional development across the country.
“Contrary to what opposition politicians may have been trying to claim in recent days, Fine Gael is committed to balanced regional development through major capital projects.
This funding is a key component of Project Ireland 2040 and is part of the Government’s commitment to this region.
“The funding for Newcastle West and Ballyhoura is part of a national package of €62m announced by my colleague Minister Michael Ring.
“Over the last three years since being appointed a Minister from Limerick, I have worked very closely with Minister Michael Ring to secure funds for Limerick under the various funds in his Department. I meet regularly with him to make him aware of projects in our area, and I am sure that Limerick will continue to fare well from future rounds of funding under this scheme and other schemes from his Department.
€26.2 million in funding to assist in the repair of regional and local roads in Limerick – O’Donovan
Added February 1st, 2019
Limerick Minister, Patrick O’Donovan TD has announced funding of €26,199,251 which has been allocated to assist the repair of regional and local roads in Limerick.
“This funding announced today will assist Limerick City & County Council in progressing repairs to regional and local roads. 2019 will see a further significant increase in grant funding for regional and local roads, which I’m delighted to see.
“As the Minister here in Limerick, I have worked with all of my Government colleagues to ensure the maximum amount of funding for Limerick. Recent extreme weather events have had a major impact on the regional and local road network and this funding will see essential maintenance and improvements carried out.”
“The Government is determined to support the continued growth in our economy in the years to come by maintaining and renewing existing infrastructure. I know this funding will greatly assist in the repairs and ensure our road network in Limerick is of the highest standard”.
“These grants are to supplement local authorities’ own resources and expenditure on regional and local road and are just part of the total investment in regional and local roads for this year.”
Details of the funding are as follows:
|Limerick City & County Council|
|Supplementary Restoration Maintenance||€574,000|
|Specific Imp. Grants||€1,200,000|
|Strategic Regional and Local Roads||€7,500,000|
|Safety Improvement Works||€358,000|
|Community Improvement Scheme||€86,751|
|Former National Road||€1,000,000|
|2019 Specific Improvement Grant|
|Scheme Name||LA Allocation|
|Park Road Bridge Replacement||€100,000|
|Golf Links Road & Ballysimon Road Upgrade||€500,000|
|Castletroy Link Road||€100,000|
|Limerick City & County Council Total||€1,200,000|
|2019 Strategic Regional and Local Roads|
|Scheme Name||LA Allocation|
|Coonagh / Knockalisheen Distributor Road||€7,500,000|
|Limerick City & County Council Total||€7,500,000|
|2019 Bridge Rehabilitation Works on Regional and Local Roads|
|Local Authority||Road Number||Location||LA Allocation|
|Limerick City and County Council||L1131||Abbington Bridge||€45,000|
|Limerick City and County Council||L6150||Ballingarry||€85,000|
|Limerick City and County Council||R521||Shanagolden Village Culvert||€30,000|
|Limerick City and County Council||L1222||Ballylin||€35,000|
|Limerick City and County Council||R525||Derrylusk Bridge||€30,000|
|Limerick City and County Council||R857||Thomond Bridge, Limerick City||€102,000|
|Limerick City and County Council||L8504||Ballyhaukish Bridge||€10,000|
|Limerick City and County Council||LP1122||Annagh Bridge||€20,000|
|Limerick City and County Council||R516||Tullovin Bridge||€35,000|
|Limerick City and County Council||L1324||Meenheala Bridge, Abbeyfeale||€25,000|
|Limerick City and County Council||R463 & R857||Matthew Bridge , Sarsfield Bridge , Athlunkard Bridge||€10,000|
|Limerick City and County Council Total||€427,000|
|2019 Safety Improvement Works on Regional and Local Roads|
|Local Authority||Road Number||Location||LA Allocation|
|Limerick Council||R513||Lynches Corner , Caherconlish||€90,000|
|Limerick Council||Five cross roads Murroe R506/ LP1161/ LP1123/LP1125||The 5 cross roads cross is located within a 60kmph speed limit zone. There are currently 3 stop approaches to this junction on the LP1123 (Newport approach), LP1125 (Abington approach) and LP1161 (Murroe village approach). The R506 approaches to this junction is freeflow. There are 4 properties located at the junction, therefore it would be difficult and costly to realign the junction to introduce staggered legs.||€60,000|
|Limerick Council||R512||Grange Cross||€30,000|
|Limerick Council||L10441||South Circular Adj to Fathers Church||€30,000|
|Limerick Council||L1316 / L1317||Lenihan’s Cross NCW ( Old Barna)||€25,000|
|Limerick Council||R518||Rylands, Ballingarry||€44,000|
|Limerick Council||L7060 / L7058||Ballaghbehy South, Abbeyfeale||€15,000|
|Limerick Council||R527||R527/R510 Approachs to Shannon bridge roundabout||€10,000|
|Limerick Council||R512||Glenosheen Village||€54,000|
|Limerick Council Total||€358,000|
|2019 Former National Roads|
|Scheme Name||LA Allocation|
|Location of road rehabilitation works to be based on 2018 regional road survey results and to be agreed with Departmental Inspector||€1,000,000|
|Limerick Council Total||€1,000,000|
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.”