Month: July 2016

My week in the Dáil – 24th July 2016

Added July 25th, 2016

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O’Donovan encourages groups in Limerick to apply for Arts and Culture Capital Scheme  

Added July 14th, 2016

The Minister for Tourism & Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, has encouraged Limerick arts and cultural groups to apply for funding under the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016, which is now open for applications.

“Funding of €9 million has been announced by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, for the new Arts and Culture Capital Scheme which will run from 2016-2018. Arts and cultural centres across Limerick can now apply for funding under the scheme and I encourage them to do so.

The Limerick Fine Gael TD said “at this initial stage, groups can apply for the funding under two streams, the deadline for which is the 16th of September. Stream 1 will offer grants from €20,000 up to €300,000 and is aimed at refurbishment and upgrade of facilities. A total of €4 million is available under this Stream nationally from 2016-2018. Stream 2 will offer grants from €300,000 up to €2 million for larger enhancement/expansion/refurbishment projects, involving construction works to arts and culture facilities. Funding of €4.5 million is available under this particular Stream from 2016-2018.

“A further stream geared towards providing grants of up to €20,000 to community/voluntary groups for community-based projects will be announced later in the year. €500,000 will be available under this stream from 2016-2018.

“I strongly encourage Limerick based groups to apply for this funding. Application forms and guidelines can be found on the website of the Department of Arts, www.ahg.gov.ie.”

My week in the Dáil – 10th July 2016

Added July 13th, 2016

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Good news for Limerick beef farmers with improved access for Irish beef to the US market – O’Donovan

Added July 8th, 2016

The Minister for Tourism & Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD has said that the announcement of improved access for Irish beef into the US market is really good news for Limerick beef farmers.

“Any expansion of Irish beef into international markets is really good news for Limerick beef farmers who can seek to maximise their output.

“The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has confirmed to me that US authorities now recognise Ireland’s raw meat control system as equivalent to that of the US. In principle, this extends our US market access to include manufacturing beef intended for grinding, which is typically used in burgers and similar processed products. There is a really big market for this in the US.

“Furthermore the US market for grass fed, natural and organic beef, at which Ireland excels in producing, is estimated to be growing at approximately 20%+ per annum.

The Limerick TD said that “developing new markets for our beef is a key element of the Government’s Food Wise 2025 strategy. This decision regarding the US market, which is the result of intensive discussions and negotiations, is a real coup for Irish beef as Ireland is the first EU Member State to achieve this status in the US. This follows on from Ireland being the first EU Member State since the BSE crisis to be granted access into the US market for our beef in 2014.

“There is really significant potential now for Ireland to capitalise on the huge US beef market and I hope to see Limerick beef farmers benefitting from this.”

€9.2million in LEADER funding will support jobs and investment in Limerick – O’Donovan

Added July 8th, 2016

The Minister for Tourism & Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, has welcomed that allocation of €9,276,593.96 in Leader Funding for Limerick and has said that it will support jobs and investment in County.

“This funding for Limerick comes in the first batch of funding agreements under the LEADER Programme 2020.

The Limerick TD said that “it is great that this funding agreement with the Limerick local action group, who manage the fund, has been signed so quickly. It means that community groups and organisations across Limerick can now apply to them for funds for their local projects.

“The LEADER programme funds projects under a diverse range of themes that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment.  The programme is co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The previous LEADER programme delivered almost 10,000 projects throughout rural Ireland. In addition to supporting community-based projects, last year, LEADER funding supported over 800 enterprises and 400 jobs.

“As a Fine Gael Government TD I want to ensure that the fruits of our recovering economy are used to support local communities in Limerick. The whole idea behind LEADER funding is to empower local groups on the ground to prioritise where the money can be best spent. This will ensure that the people who really need it can benefit.”

My week in the Dáil – 3rd July 2016

Added July 5th, 2016

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