Month: June 2017
Added June 20th, 2017
Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan, has said he is delighted be appointed by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, to become the new Minister of State at the Departments of Finance, and Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government, and eGovernment.
Patrick O’Donovan said that he is honoured to be asked by the Taoiseach to take on the role, particularly as he is now the only Minister from Limerick in Government.
This is Patrick O’Donovan’s second appointment having served as Minister for State for Tourism and Sport where he emphasised the need for counties like Limerick to receive greater levels of assistance in the promotion of Tourism. He added “I am looking forward to my new role at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, there are many challenges across the area particularly with Brexit and I hope to be able to bring my experience as a TD for the last six years to my new role.
Patrick served as member of Limerick County Council from 2003 until 2011, when he was elected to the Dáil at his first attempt. Prior to becoming a TD, he qualified and worked as an industrial chemist before then becoming a primary school teacher. He has been a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport & Communications, the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and the Public Accounts Committee.
He thanked his supporters and people of County Limerick for the continuous and ongoing support, without which he said he would not be able to carry out his role as a TD and Minister.
Added June 20th, 2017
Pilot Scheme to Develop Touring Routes off Wild Atlantic Way
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, and Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan, unveiled the route for the Shannon Estuary Drive on Friday last – the first in what is hoped to be a series of drives which will be developed by Fáilte Ireland in collaboration with local stakeholders to encourage visitors to discover the variety of inland visitor experiences as they travel along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Shannon Estuary is a large tidal estuary on the west coast of Ireland where Ireland’s longest river; the Shannon joins the Atlantic Ocean.
The announcement took place in Glin, Co Limerick and welcoming the initiative to broaden visitor activity in the Mid-West, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport and Limerick County T.D. Patrick O’Donovan said –
“The Shannon Estuary Way new visitor experience provides a significant opportunity for Limerick and Ennis, as gateway towns to the Wild Atlantic Way, and will open up the region’s inland hinterland to visitors as well as support the strong local accommodation base and variety of visitor attractions and services along the route.
“As the Wild Atlantic Way continues to grow, we can now start to develop additional experiences for visitors to enjoy and, through initiatives like this; we can start to develop tourism activity which ensures a greater spread of visitors across the West of Ireland.”
A brand new visitor friendly map of the Shannon Estuary route has now been designed and printed to promote the locality’s key visitor experiences, attractions, towns and villages. The map is now ready for distribution to local businesses and tourist information offices for the 2017 summer season. The map will also be available in key accommodation hubs and all major attractions along the route and will be published on www.wildatlanticway.com
The Shannon Estuary drive is a looped route of approximately 207km (135 miles) and incorporates the following locations:
• Limerick City
Speaking at the launch, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Fiona Monaghan emphasised –
“While the Wild Atlantic Way continues to thrive in terms of visitor numbers and awareness, we need to ensure we continue to develop and build on it – and use its growing appeal to spread tourism activity into as many parts as possible. Initiatives such as the Shannon Estuary Way will do just that and encourage tourists to broaden their visit beyond the coastal touring route – enhancing the experience in a way which will benefit visitors and local communities alike.”
The next steps for the project include the development of a navigation and viewing point strategy developed in collaboration with key stakeholders.
Added June 19th, 2017
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Added June 14th, 2017
The Minister for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD has this morning welcomed the confirmation that he has received from Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, that €161,730 has been allocated to 8 Limerick projects under CLÁR 2017.
The funding for these Limerick communities comes under the CLÁR Safety package for Schools/Community Facilities. CLÁR is a targeted investment programme that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in rural areas.
“This funding is very welcome and will address very important issues such as safety at schools and in communities. This funding will support these local communities as they look to ensure their children are safe and have recreational amenities available in their own communities.”
The Projects that were successful are:
Bilboa NS – €13,860 – Road Safety Measures
Added June 13th, 2017
Limerick TD and Minister for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, has welcomed the decision of Limerick City and County Council to purchase Fullers Folly in Newcastle West. The building had been on the market for some time and after being appointed as Minister; Patrick O’Donovan began to work with the Council with a view to purchasing the building and to secure it for the town.
“This is a great investment by the Council in the town. I have been working closely with the Council over a number of months to have the building brought into public ownership as a visitor attraction. I believe it has fantastic tourism potential based on the main Limerick to Kerry road and beside the Desmond Castle in the town. During the last few months I have kept in contestant contact with local voluntary organisations and the Office of Public Works to outline the potential of the building for the town and the wider region. So having it now in the ownership of the Local Authority is fantastic news for the Newcastle West.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that this investment together with other work that he has led including the development of the Shannon Estuary loop from the Wild Atlantic Way, work in Curraghchase, the Ballyhoura Mountains, Adare, and elsewhere; together with the development of the first Limerick City and County Council Tourism Strategy point to the potential of Limerick Tourism to be grown even further.
“We have fantastic potential working with the Council, Office of Public Works, LEADER companies, Coillte, other public bodies, hotels, restaurants, visitor attractions and others to drive the potential of Co. Limerick to attract more visitors. Over the last twelve months I have used my position as Minister to deliver to this sector here in Co. Limerick and will look forward, if I am asked to be part of the incoming government; I will continue to work for and deliver for Co. Limerick.”
Added June 2nd, 2017
O’Donovan welcomes lifting of Boil Water Notice in Loughill, Co Limerick following €300,000 investment by Irish Water.
Minister of State for Tourism & Sport and local Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the confirmation that he received from Irish Water today that the long-standing Boil Water Notice affecting a number of premises in Loughill, Co Limerick has now been lifted.
The lifting of the notice, on the advice of the Health Service Executive, follows the completion of work to connect the Loughill Public Water Supply to the Foynes Shannon Estuary supply and the subsequent recording of satisfactory monitoring results. Its removal means that there are no boil water notices currently in place in the county.
Following the confirmation the Minister said “I am delighted that Irish Water has confirmed to me that the Boil Water Notice in Loughill, which was put in April 2015, has now been lifted following the completion of the necessary works. These works will ensure a more reliable and better quality water supply for area into the future”.