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Ryder Cup to benefit tourism and the economy in Limerick, the Mid West and Ireland

Added July 25th, 2019

The Minster of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan said the confirmation that Adare Manor will host the 2026 Ryder Cup is great news not just for Limerick but Ireland as a whole.

Minister O’Donovan said, “An event like the Ryder Cup means that a world audience will be focused on Ireland, Limerick, and Adare in 2026, the years running up to the Ryder Cup and for a long time after the last ball is putted in the competition.

“With a television audience of close to a billion people, the Ryder Cup gives Limerick and Ireland a platform to showcase what is great about our county and country, and an opportunity for us to show the world the unique tourism offerings of the mid-west of Ireland.”

Minister O’Donovan added, “The Ryder Cup in Adare will be a huge occasion for Irish golf, Irish tourism and Irish sport. It will be a special honour for the people of Limerick and Munster, a county and province steeped in sporting culture, to host this great event, and I can assure the hundreds of thousands of visitors from more than 90 countries who will be in attendance, a huge céad míle fáilte in 2026.”

Paying tribute to the McManus family for securing the prestigious event for Limerick, Minister O’Donovan confirmed that the Government will support the huge undertaking of hosting the Ryder Cup.

“It is a testimony to the golf course at the Adare Manor and the hard work of the organising committee, that Adare was successful is seeing off competition from other courses all over Europe, to secure this highly regarded competition,” added the Minister of State from Limerick.

“The Ryder Cup will attract more than a quarter of a million of visitors to Adare during the event, surpassing the numbers that attended the British Open in Portrush last week. It is important therefor that we prepare for the expected crowds well in advance of 2026. I am delighted that the Government is offering its support, and look forward to providing whatever assistance I can over the coming weeks, months and years to ensure that Ryder Cup held in Limerick is on par with previous competitions all over Europe and the USA.”

O’Donovan welcomes appointment of engineers for upgrade of Newcastle West Garda Station

Added July 17th, 2019

Limerick TD and Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan has said he believes that the appointment of D Fallon Consulting Engineers is another important step forward in the delivery of a new Garda Station in Newcastle West.

Minister O’Donovan was speaking after meeting Minister Kevin Boxer Moran in Croom.

“Minister Moran committed to us when he visited Newcastle West and saw the condition of the Station that he would progress the project. He told me together with representatives of the Gardai that he would advance the project and provide regular updates on progress and he is doing that.

“At each one of the regular meetings that we have had to discuss several projects in Limerick, Newcastle West Garda Station is always on the agenda.

“The appointment of D Fallon Consulting Engineers is another important step in the process to deliver this project. I will continue to work with Minister Moran to push this forward.

€1.75 Million Investment in Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum to benefit Tourism in Foynes and Limerick – Minister Patrick O’Donovan

Added July 2nd, 2019

Minster of State at the Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan has announced a €1.75 million capital investment for the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, which will pave the way for an extension to the popular tourist attraction.

Minister O’Donovan said, “This funding of €1.75 million from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under Project 2040 shows the Government’s ongoing commitment to preserving and promoting our heritage while supporting Limerick’s tourism industry.

“The Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, along with the many other aspects of Foynes including its shops and the port, have become a huge attraction to visitors traveling the Wild Atlantic Way. It has also become a necessary stop off on the Shannon Estuary Way for day trippers and international visitors alike.”

“This €1.75 million investment will not only allow for the museum to expand to cater for its growing number of visitors, it will also provide a home to display the prized possessions and memorabilia of Hollywood legend and former patron of the museum – Maureen O’Hara,” added the County Limerick Minister of State.

“It took a lot of time and work to secure this funding and I would like to thank my colleague Minister Josepha Madigan for her support. I would also like to pay tribute to the museum and its management for their determination and dedication to making the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum a major tourist attraction in Limerick.”

This funding comes just one week after €128,000 was allocated towards Coastal and Flood Protection Works that will protect Foynes Yacht Club from erosion.

“Foynes continues to be among the most popular tourist attractions in Limerick for both national and international visitors. Investing in Foynes and protecting it from further flooding is therefore economically beneficial not just to the village but the surrounding area,” said Minister O’Donovan.

“I believe that the best way to achieve flood prevention is for all state agencies responsible for Foynes to continue to work together. I was happy to facilitate the first meeting of all of these bodies with members of the community, and this has already resulted in a cohesive approach to water infrastructure maintenance.”

Limerick Tourism Development Strategy 2019 – 2023 launched today

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:

€234,000 for Flood Relief works at Marine Cove, Foynes

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.


€111,000 for improvement and safety works at Glin Pier

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.

Limerick Projects to share in €10.5million from Rural Regeneration and Development Fund – O’Donovan

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
Restoration Improvement €8,991,000
Restoration Maintenance €1,454,000
Supplementary Restoration Maintenance €574,000
Discretionary Grant €3,497,000
Bridge Rehabilitation €427,000
Specific Imp. Grants €1,200,000
Strategic Regional and Local Roads €7,500,000
Safety Improvement Works €358,000
Speed Limits €187,500
Training Grant €68,000
Drainage Works €856,000
Community Improvement Scheme €86,751
Former National Road €1,000,000
Total Allocation €26,199,251
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
Croom DS €500,000
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

O’Donovan: “€10million for Limerick’s National Roads for 2019”

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.”

Limerick to benefit from €510,576 in funding under the Community Enhancement Programme

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.

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