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.”
Added November 20th, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news that almost €407,000 has been allocated by Minister Michael Ring for the development of the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike trails.
“This is a massive investment by the Government in South Limerick will build the reputation of the Ballyhoura Trails as Ireland’s premier biking trails.”
“Since 2012 the Government have been investing in our rural communities under a number of different headings, and this latest of €8.1million nationally under the Outdoor Rural Recreation Scheme will help rural communities across the country build their tourism potential.”
As a local TD here in Limerick, I know from speaking to people in the south of the County, the importance and the potential of the Ballyhoura Trails, so this investment by the Government will I know be very welcome by people across the area. The trails are an important tourism asset for Co. Limerick and so this investment will make a major difference.”
“We have a number of different schemes underway to invest by the Government in rural areas. I am anxious as a Government TD to secure the maximum level of investment here in Co Limerick, so this announcement by my colleague Minister Michael Ring of a €407,000 investment is very good news for Co. Limerick.”
Added October 26th, 2018
Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan hails planning approval as a “great day for Limerick”
Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan T.D has welcomed the news that the International Rugby Experience in Limerick City Centre is to go ahead.
The former Minister for Sport described the decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission as “brilliant news for the people of Limerick”.
He said: “ As a Minister from Limerick and someone that has served as Minister for Sport, I am delighted this €30 million euro project is going ahead”.
“It is going to offer a huge boost to tourism and will bring up to 100 jobs. It’s an indication of how far Limerick has come and how progressive and forward thinking those involved in the project are.”
Minister O’Donovan honoured to represent the government at the 2018 International Commemoration of the Irish famine in Melbourne
Added October 23rd, 2018
The Limerick T.D will lead a delegation leaving for Australia today
Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan T.D will represent the government at the 2018 International Commemoration of the Great Irish Famine at the Famine Rock in Williamstown, Melbourne this Sunday October 28th.
The Limerick T.D will lead a delegation from Ireland who will honour and remember those who emigrated and took to the seas during An Gorta Mór.
He said: “I am delighted and honoured to represent the Government and the people of Ireland at our International Famine commemoration”.
“This is the twentieth annual commemoration ceremony to be held and it is particularly fitting, that this year’s overseas commemoration is held in Melbourne given the strong historical bonds between Melbourne and Ireland”.
“Some of the many thousands of Irish people, our ancestors, who travelled from Ireland between 1848 and 1850 in the hope of a new chance at life, many of them from County Limerick, were processed through the Government Depot in William St. Melbourne”.
“This year’s commemoration represents an opportunity to not only honour the work of the Irish Community in Melbourne in preserving its history ,but also to pay tribute to the memory of those who went before them”.
“I look forward to meeting with some of our more recent emigrants to Melbourne who remain proud Irish citizens”.
“It is important for Irish people all over the world to remember those who suffered and died in what was one of the darkest time in our country’s past”.
Minister O’Donovan will also undertake a series of engagement to promote trade and investment including events with tourism Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce and Educational Institutions.
Added October 5th, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan has expressed his delight with the news that the Limerick County Constituency is to receive €867,918 in Government funding from Minister Michael Ring under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
Projects in Abbeyfeale, Ballyhahill, Ballylanders, Ballysteen, Glin, Kilmeedy, Kilfinnane and Shanagolden are all to benefit from the scheme.
“This is great news for rural Co. Limerick. These projects have been developed in conjunction with Limerick City and County Council and the local communities. I know from working with volunteers across Co Limerick what funding like this means to the areas concerned. This injection is just one of a number we have made as a Government into rural Limerick since we went into office.”
Patrick O’Donovan added that further investment is expected from Minister Ring shortly under the Governments €1billion Rural Regeneration Fund.
“As the local Minister and TD I am committed to getting our fair share for Co Limerick and today’s investment is just another example of that.”
Added September 21st, 2018
Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the announcement of €763,000 in funding for investment in rural water schemes in Limerick.
The allocation was made by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy as part of a €20million investment nationally.
Minister O’Donovan said “This investment by the Government is very important for the communities concerned. Provision of good quality water is a priority and this allocation which is being made to Limerick City and County Council will be an important part of that objective.”
“As a rural TD I am constantly advocating for investment in our rural infrastructure including our water network and I will continue to do that with my Government colleagues on behalf of the constituency here in Limerick County.”
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.”