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.”
Added July 31st, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan said he believes that the relationship between Ireland and the United States continues to be very strong. He was speaking after a series of meetings in Washington DC with members of Congress and representatives of the US State and Treasury Departments.
“Ireland maintains a very special relationship with the United States. This is very clear at every level given the generations of emigration from Ireland. Irish people have contributed across a variety of areas to lead in America. So when we sat down to discuss areas of mutual interest it was clear we were speaking to friends.”
Patrick O’Donovan was in Washington with Clare TD and Minister of State Pat Breen.
Minister O’Donovan said “The Mid West area has a number of very important US employers. With an international airport, deep water port, motorway network, third level education colleges and a strong employment base, it was clear to our American friends that we have a strong and positive story to tell as a region.”
Both Ministers met with Congressional leaders from a number of States including; New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Alabama, Pennsylvania and California.
“The meetings gave us a chance to discuss a number of issues including Brexit and Trade. We were keen to point out that almost as many American people work for Irish companies in the US as Irish people in American companies in Ireland. We sighted the strong attributes of the Mid West as areas for further US investment and we outlined the Irish Government’s response to Brexit. We also discussed political issues that have potential impacts on trade, commerce and investment and laid out our Governments position”
Patrick O’Donovan said he maintains constant contact with Irish and multinational companies across the region who were glad that the visit had happened. Since returning I’ve spoken to many company representatives who have expressed their support for engagements like this. They have asked me to maintain further and constant contact with representatives of the United States Government on behalf of the people that work for American companies in our region. I’ve committed myself to doing that.”
Added July 24th, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan switched on the new flood lights at Doon’s GAA Field on Saturday night. A large crowd of GAA members and local people from Doon were present to see the new state of the art lighting system being turned on in the East Limerick Club for the first time.
“It’s a great night for Doon and the GAA here” said Minister O’Donovan. “There aren’t too many sports grounds that have facilities like this and great credit has to go to the club officers and members for working to get to this night where they can switch on the new lights.”
“Doon GAA received a Sports Capital Grant from the Government of €68,000. When I was Minister for Sport I opened the Sports Capital Scheme and I worked with many clubs and organisations including Doon GAA. The Government investment of €68,000 has allowed the club get to this stage and shows how important grants like these are to our rural communities.”
Patrick O’Donovan said he looked forward to the reopening of the Sports Capital Scheme for applications from clubs which he understands is due shortly.
“Over the last few years I’ve been pushing investment by Government into our rural parishes like Doon. Sports Capital Grants, Town and Village Renewal Funds, Rural Recreation Grants, LEADER Grants, CLÁR funding and Fáilte Ireland Grants have made a huge difference to many of our rural areas.”
“Now we also have a €1billion fund under Project Ireland 2040 for the development of communities across Rural Ireland and I will be working to make sure rural Co Limerick gets its fair share of this.”
Patrick O’Donovan congratulated the officers and members of Doon GAA and wished them well in their plans for the future development of their grounds.
Added July 3rd, 2018
The Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Patrick O’Donovan has said that continuing economic recovery will have further benefits for Limerick and the Mid-West. The Limerick Minister was speaking after a visit by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD to Co. Limerick. Patrick O’Donovan said “Since 2011 the Government set out on a program that involved steps been taken in a number of areas. Each one of these was strategic, and each one has worked. This has resulted in more people at work in Ireland today than ever before, our unemployment rate falling from 16% in 2011 to just over 5% now.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that he brought his colleague to Co. Limerick to show the potential in rural areas, in villages and towns for further economic and community development, and to also show examples of Government investment in the Limerick County constituency.
“This was an opportunity for Paschal to see just some of what we in Co. Limerick have to offer. We saw at first hand examples of the impact that farming has, not only to the farming families, but to the wider community. We got to visit a day care centre and community creche in Broadford which caters for a large number of people, we saw how the Kantoher Development Group have led the revival of their community in the aftermath the closure of the processing plant, and we met with the Development Association in Newcastle West, who are an example of what joined up thinking can do for our rural towns.”
“I wanted Paschal to see the potential of the recently announced €1Billion rural development fund that is contained in Project Ireland 2040, the National Development Program. I wanted to use the opportunity to encourage him to push forward the investment in our rural areas, villages and towns. By leading Government investment in infrastructure, facilities, amenities, roads, schools and other projects we will make our communities even more attractive places for people to live in and invest in.”
Patrick O’Donovan also arranged for Paschal Donohoe to meet with the Management of Limerick City and County Council and the Fine Gael Councillors. “I explained to him what the Council has led in terms of the development of Limerick City, and I showed him how this can be used as an example of renewal across Co Limerick and in every other part of the Country.”
“Now that the Summer Economic Statement is published and the National Economic Dialogue is over, we can begin the process of preparation for Budget 2019. That’s why this visit was so important. I wanted to show Paschal what we can achieve in rural areas with existing, and increased, Government investment. Naturally I’ll use my position in the Department to continue to press for that.”
Added July 2nd, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has said that he was very happy with the visit of Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran to Newcastle West Garda Station.
“At short notice I arranged a visit by Minister Moran to Newcastle West Garda Station to see the conditions that the Gardaí, civilian staff and the public face. I explained to the Minister that since the day the Station opened in the 1970’s little or no change was made even though the population and size of the area that the Station covers has increased and the number of personnel has also massively increased.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that the Minister reiterated the OPW support for the timeframe and schedule for the project that will see alternative offices and accommodation being used over a period of time that will lead up to the station in Newcastle West being able to be replaced.
The Minister met with local Garda management, Garda representatives and officials of his Department with Minister O’Donovan and he inspected the Station and the facilities there.
After the visit Patrick O’Donovan said “This visit was very important. Newcastle West Garda Station is a District Headquarters covering a huge geographical area and the Station is not up to standard. For over twenty years the Station has been left get to the position it now is. I’m glad that the two key Ministers, Charlie Flanagan and Kevin Boxer Moran, have now seen the Station, have met the representatives, seen the conditions and agreed a schedule.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that Boxer Moran agreed that a communication schedule on the progress being made by the project group would be provided regularly. Patrick O’Donovan said that this was very important to ensure that everyone who has an interest in the development of the Station would be kept up to date.