Added November 24th, 2020
Limerick TD and local Minister Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed a series of announcements that were made by the Government on one day for Broadford, Croom, Hospital, Glin and Pallaskenry. Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise announced a funding total of €112,651 for Enterprise Centres in Hospital, Broadford and Croom. Minister Heather Humphreys confirmed an allocation of €12,282 for Glin Day-Care for its Meals on Wheel programme and Minister Norma Foley confirmed the next stage in the extension of the Salesian College, Pallaskenry.
“This is great news for communities all across the County and gives further examples of how the Government is investing in rural Ireland. This also is a day which saw significant money across a range of areas including the community and voluntary sector, enterprise and employment and education.”
Under the for Enterprise Centres in County Limerick, Ballyhoura Food Centre, in Hospital will receive €28,480, Broadford Community Enterprise Centre – €40,000 and Croom Enterprise Centre – €44,171.
“As a local Minister here in Limerick I am committed to seeing the maximum amount of investment for the County across a range of areas. Since becoming a TD I have used my place in Government to prioritise infrastructural investment together with allocations for quality of life. I want to use my place as a TD to make Limerick attractive for people to create jobs in and to see their children going to school in, while also strengthening the community and voluntary sector being recognised. I am now in my third Government Department as a Minister and across the County there are locals of examples of where I have been able to work with other Ministers to get investment.”
“But we always need more, so I constantly am in touch with the local authority, Limerick City and County Council and my colleagues in Government to discuss plans that are being put in place while also pushing applications that have already been made. And I will do more of this type of work and I am hopeful for further good news soon.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that the latest round of announcements had been welcomed by each of the applicants and communities where the good news was for. “I know from engaging with communities that there is still a huge amount of positive work going on across the County even though we still have to work in a COVID environment. Every week I use new technologies to meet people across the County and together we are managing to discuss the opportunities for our areas. I know that they are anxious to keep this work going and I will work with them, with the Council and with Government for the local people across Limerick who I know want to see improvements for their communities.
Image 1 Minister Patrick O’Donovan with Cllr. Gerald Mitchell, at the Ballyhoura Food Centre Hospital, following the announcement of €28,480 in funding toward the centre.
Image 2 Minister Patrick O’Donovan at the Broadford Community Enterprise Centre following the announcement of €40,000 in funding for the centre.
Image 3 Cllr. Stephen Keary and Minister Patrick O’Donovan at the Croom Enterprise Centre following the announcement of €44,171 in funding towards the Centre from the Government last week.
Added November 17th, 2020
Limerick TD and local Minister Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news that the new sixty bed unit at the University Hospital Limerick is to open shortly.
“I’ve been told by the Minister for Health that the new sixty beds, which comprises of three twenty bed wards will open over three dates, 23rd of November, 14th of December and 4th of January. This is really important news for Limerick and the Mid-West. The last Government provided the funding for the construction of the unit, so to have it completed and ready now for opening is really important news for the people of this region.”
Minister O’Donovan said that over a period of time, the Government had been grappling with a number of problems at UHL that date back to the reconfiguration of hospitals in the region including Nenagh, Ennis and St. Johns. This he said had resulted in the provision of a new Emergency Department in the Hospital and the provision of other facilities like this sixty bed unit.
“Over the last number of years within Government, I have been constantly pressing for additional beds within the hospital given the size of the population that the hospital is serving and this will help to alleviate some of the problems in the hospital. However, there is a need to have the planned investment programme in the Hospital continued to be rolled out and this is something that I will work on.”
Patrick O’Donovan also said that the current difficulties that the Country and the Hospital are under as a result of COVID-19 are also adding to the problems in UHL. “Unfortunately some parts of this Region have very high levels of COVID, and are among the highest in the Country. This is having a knock-on impact on the Hospital and its staff, and it shows all of us the importance of listening ton and following the public health advice.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that he would continue to work in Government to get the maximum amount of funding from Government for improvements in UHL, and other parts of the health system in Limerick. “The National Development Plan had identified a lot of funding for health and my priority is to get the maximum amount of that for Limerick.”
Added November 10th, 2020
Limerick Minister and local TD, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news that the Government has agreed a revised €80 million funding package for Irish aviation which includes significant financial supports for Shannon Airport.
“The decision taken by the Government today clearly shows the strategic importance the west of Ireland is for this government. The announcement will see €32.1million being allocated under the Regional State Airports Programme for Shannon and Cork Airports, this is an increase of €22.1million on what was announced in Budget 2021. A further €20m has also been allocated under the Airports Charges Rebate Scheme. This scheme is subject to EU Commission approval. The Scheme will see rebates paid to Shannon, Dublin, Cork, Knock, Kerry and Donegal Airports.
“It is essential to have airports ready and maintained for the post COVID-19 world. The Government recognises the importance of Shannon airport and wants to work with local communities and representative organisations. The airport is of massive importance to Mid-West economy and to Limerick. I will continue to work with Minister Hildegarde Naughton at the Department of Transport, whose Department will work out the detail of the additional funding supports with the airport.
Added November 9th, 2020
Limerick TD and Local Minister, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the announcement that Milford Care Centre, Limerick is to receive €1,250,000 in once-off funding for palliative and end-of-life care in 2020.
The announcement which was made by the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD and will see €10 million in funding for palliative and end-of-life care service across the country. This once-off funding can be used for improvements to premises, facilities and ICT systems, telehealth and telemedicine platforms, education and training programmes and to offset lost fundraised income as a direct result of restrictions to counter the spread of COVID-19.
“I welcome this very important funding announcement for Milford Care Centre, it will go some way in supplementing their revenue from lost fundraisers during COVID-19. It will assist the Centre to continue to provide its specialist palliative care and older persons services to the people of the Midwest. The Milford Care Centre is a beacon for palliative care in the regional and providing this support is necessary during these challenging times.”
Added November 9th, 2020
Limerick TD and local Minister Patrick O’Donovan, has announced €10.4million in greenway funding for West Limerick and North Kerry that will ultimately see a distance from Rathkeale to Fenit, Co. Kerry being connected by greenway.
€2.5million is being allocated by the Government from Rathkeale to Listowel via Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale, €4.5million in funding along the Kerry section from Listowel to Tralee and a further €3.4million to take the Greenway from Tralee to Fenit.
“This is an enormous investment by the Government into the Greenway. €10.4million of funding for this project which goes right through from Rathkeale to Tralee and onto Fenit is a massive investment by the State into tourism and recreation in West Limerick and North Kerry.”
“I have been working on this project for many years and to have an investment of this size coming to the area is huge. I know so many people who use the Greenway regularly and everyone says that it really has huge potential in terms of domestic and international tourism.”
“As Minister for Tourism I led the development of the strategy locally with Limerick City and County Council for the Greenway Development and I also held meetings with Kerry County Council to see that side of it progress. So today’s news has been a long time in the making.”
Patrick O’Donovan said he looked forward to the work continuing as Limerick City and County Council had started resurfacing in Rathkeale. “I’ve been working with the Council on the Barna Tunnel and also to get them to acquire the stations in Ardagh and Barna, something which they have made recent progress on. Today’s massive allocation will allow for further improvements to take place on the Greenway both on the Limerick and Kerry sides, and it represents an exciting potential for both counties and for communities all along the Greenway. I am committed to this and as a local Minister and TD I will continue to work and engage with both Councils on it.”
Added November 2nd, 2020
Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the allocation of €133,100 to three projects in Co. Limerick under measures 1 and 2 of the CLÁR Programme. Projects in Ballyhahill, Ballylanders and Glenroe have been successful in this round of allocations.
Gerald Griffins GAA in Ballyhahill receive €35,100 for works in the car park, €50,000 is being allocated to Ballylanders for works in the village including public toilets and Glenroe National School which recently reopened will get €48,000 for digital speed signs, footpaths, safety measures and road markings.
“This is latest allocation from the Department of Rural and Community Development under CLÁR and Minister Heather Humphreys TD has said that there will be further allocations.”
“These three projects will make a big difference to the communities concerned. Each one of them is different and I know the allocations will be welcomed locally.”
“I’ve spoken to Minister Humphreys on the importance of the CLÁR Programme and she is very anxious to make sure that there are more announcements like this.”
“Over the last number of years, I’ve been fortunate to be able to be able to make similar announcements like this all over the County. They all have one thing in common. They have all worked with the Council and public representatives like myself to secure funding like this. I hope to be able to get more announcements like this one for Ballyhahill, Ballylanders and Glenroe.”
Added October 12th, 2020
Minister Patrick O’Donovan has announced funding of €87,460 for three communities in Co. Limerick under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2020. Projects in Rathkeale, Dromcollogher and Kilmeedy are all to benefit from the grants which have been made by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
“In am delighted to be able to be in a position to announce these. All three communities submitted very worthy projects through Limerick City and County Council, and I worked with all three to ensure that they were successful. In Dromcollogher the local community are developing a meditation garden beside the Parish Church with a labyrinth and water feature. They will receive an allocation of €25,000. Kilmeedy are linking their duck pond and old creamery to the village and funding of €22,500 has been approved and the riverside walkway in Rathkeale is receiving €39,960 with further support committed from Cllr Stephen Keary from his own Council funding.”
“This is very good news from the Government under the Town and Village Scheme. I spoke with Minister Heather Humphreys recently and she is very anxious that more money will also be able to be allocated to other communities in further rounds. Since becoming a Minister, I have been in a position to be able to help communities from across the County to get money like this for a huge number of community projects, and I want to be able to continue to do that. These are projects that I am very proud to be involved with as the local Minister here in the area.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that he was confident that further allocations would be made in the coming months from the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Town and Village, CLÁR and Rural Regeneration Schemes. He added that he continues to work with voluntary and community groups across Co. Limerick and the Council in developing ideas as to how to best access money from the Government.
“Today there is good news for Rathkeale, Kilmeedy and Dromcollogher, but I am sure that there will also be good news for other towns and villages in Limerick shortly.”
Minister Patrick O’Donovan with Cllr Stephen Keary in Rathkeale which has received €39,960 in funding towards the riverside walkway project.
Minister Patrick O’Donovan with Fr. Frank O’Dea, Geraldine O’Sullivan & Eileen Twomey in Dromcollogher following the announcement that they will receive €25,000 towards their project of developing a meditation garden beside the Parish Church with a labyrinth and water feature.
Barry Gilbourne, Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Pat Gilbourne, William Keane, Shelia Roche, Dan Harrold, Seamus Murph and Marian Reidy in Kilmeedy, they will receive €22,500 towards their project of linking their duck pond and old creamery to the village.
Added October 9th, 2020
Limerick Minister and local TD, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the progress by Limerick City and County Council in developing the old Railway Station House in Ardagh as part of the Greenway. He was speaking after a meeting with the Council and local voluntary groups in the area, where the Council outlined their plans for the old Station House.
“Over a year ago I brought the Council out to Ardagh to meet the local groups in the area and to see what could be done with the Station House. I encouraged the Council’s management to push forward with a plan to include Ardagh in the upgraded Great Southern Greenway. We had a very productive meeting on the day, and Limerick City and County Council engaged with enthusiasm from the start. I held a number of other follow up meetings with them following that, and throughout the process I was able to get Government funding for the overall development of the Greenway.”
“As Minister for Tourism I developed the concept of a national Greenway Strategy and I can see here in Limerick that there is enormous potential for the Greenway to make a really positive contribution to the towns and villages here that it goes through. At the moment resurfacing works are going on which will improve the quality of the surface for users. We also have seen recently the tunnel in Barna being reopened and both of these projects have been funded by the Government through different schemes including rural development and greenway funding.”
“It’s clear from other parts of the Country including Mayo and Waterford that the greenway network has huge potential for rural communities. These are not only amenities for the local area, but also very important for visitors to the area. As Minister for the OPW I recently met with the Council to see how the OPW sites in the area can be maximised for tourism development in Co Limerick and this work in Ardagh will add to that.”
“On a personal level I am very committed to this project. My family came from the railway, my great-grandfather came to Limerick with the old Great Southern and Western Railway, my grandparents had a level crossing in Churchtown, my granduncle was in the station in Newcastle West and my grandaunt was in the station in Barna. My father was born just a few hundred yards away in Ardagh so I have a lot of connections to this project and the wider Greenway and I want to see it prosper and grow in the years ahead, because I believe it will be a major asset to all of Co. Limerick.”
Limerick City and County Council told Patrick O’Donovan that they will now begin a planning process which will be advertised in the local papers and will be open to people to make their submissions. He said that he would work with the local Fine Gael Councillors in the area, Tom Ruddle, John Sheahan and Liam Galvin and thanked them for their support for the project. The Council also said that they are committed to the speedy delivery of the project and will be engaging shortly with the Department.
Added September 10th, 2020
Limerick Minister and Fine Gael TD, Patrick O’Donovan has announced that €127,800 is to be allocated to four community projects in Limerick County under the second tranche of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme – Accelerated Measure.
“The funding I am announcing today is the second allocation to the County in five weeks. Which now brings the total funding to Limerick County under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme so far this year to €238,500.”
“The main objectives of the Accelerated Measure are to assist communities expedite the delivery of their projects and adapt to public health requirements due to COVID-19.”
“The local communities have worked with Limerick City and County Council to develop these projects. Community groups in Limerick continue to do great work even in these challenging times. This funding is great news for County Limerick and for the communities that will directly benefit from this announcement.
The four Limerick Projects are:
Abbeyfeale – €40,000
Resurfacing and upgrading of walkways in Abbeyfeale Town Park to provide for 2-metre-wide walkways where possible and universal access for all ages and abilities.
Athea – €25,000
Village enhancement works with the upgrading of shopfronts and buildings and renovation works to the footbridge
Ballysteen – €25,000
Provision of greater accessibility to the newly renovated community Carnegie building through the provision of footpaths and car park area. Provision of safe external space through the provision of boundary walls to part of site perimeter.
Pallaskenry – €37,800
Clearing of overgrown forest track to east of Pallaskenry Village to facilitate 2.5km loop walk from the village centre.
“They include projects that will see clearing, resurfacing and upgrading of walkways, village enhancement works, greater accessibility to community buildings and all of the projects will allow for social distancing and to make towns/villages more welcoming.
“I will continue to work closely with my colleague the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, to deliver for County Limerick.”
Added September 4th, 2020
Minister Patrick O’Donovan has announced funding of €71,251 for 6 projects across Co Limerick under a scheme administered by Minister Heather Humphreys for services being provided to vulnerable people.
“This is very good news for six organisations across the County. Community and voluntary organisations all over the country have struggled to fund raise to keep services going and this allocation from Heather Humphreys will make a big difference to those that have received it.”
The money is being made available from the Department of Rural and Community Development through the dormant accounts fund.
Patrick O’Donovan said he had spoken to Heather Humphreys on the challenges facing the community sector and said that he recognises that there will be fundraising problems for a period ahead and he had asked that her Department would look to see if further supports could be made for more groups and organisations across the country.
Organisations in County Limerick to receive funding:
Ballybrown Clarina Community Council – €6,353
Pallasgreen Templebraden Community Council – €9,201
West Limerick Community Radio – €18,853
Abbeyfeale Community Council – €13,227
Broadford Community Enterprise Centre CLG – €17,311
Knocklong Development Association CLG – €6,306