Month: July 2017

€135,270 for rural recreation projects will boost tourism in Limerick

Added July 31st, 2017

Minister of State for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform and Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan, has welcomed the allocation of €135,270 for rural recreation projects in Limerick.

“Limerick has been allocated €135,270 for rural recreation projects, which is extremely welcome and will help to boost tourism here in Limerick and in the surrounding region.

“This funding is part of €11 million in funding for over 200 projects nationally under the 2017 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, announced by my colleague Michael Ring, T.D Minister for Rural and Community Development.

“The Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and is designed to maintain and improve our outdoor recreational infrastructure including for example our greenways, blueways and walking trails.

“Limerick projects receiving grants include

  • River Walk at Templeathea, Athea
  • Mullaghareirk/Broadford Ashford walking trails
  • Attycran Loop, Kilbehenny
  • Promotion of trail infrastructure in the Ballyhoura region
  • Shannon Estuary drive, Ballysteen Pier
  • Clare Glens Loop Walk, Murroe
  • Darby’s Bed Loop Walk, Galbally
  • Doon Convent Farm Walk
  • Glin Heritage Walking Trails
  • Kilfinane – Slievereagh Loop
  • Knockfierna Famine Memorial Walks
  • Manor Fields, Adare
  • Moor Abbey Loop, Galbally
  • Castleconnell Walk
  • The marketing and publicity of outdoor recreation amenities, facilities and activities across Limerick, through West Limerick Resourese and Ballyhourna Development


€55,800 approved for works at Ballycullen, Askeaton – O’Donovan

Added July 21st, 2017

Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform has received confirmation from his colleague Minister of State Kevin Moran, that the Office of Public Works have made an allocation of €55,800 to Limerick City and County Council to carry out works at Ballycullen, Askeaton.

“This is good news from the OPW. The office have over the recent past, made a number of allocations to Limerick through the Council to have minor flood works done across Limerick. I work closely with Minister of State Moran and I have been raising a number of projects with him in his role as Minister for the OPW that I would like to see completed in Limerick.”

Patrick O’Donovan added that he continues to raise a number of other flooding issues with OPW through the Minister’s Office and he is hopeful of making progress.

“Over the last few years the Government has been prioritising flood relief works on roads in particular. I hope in the coming months with the establishment of the new Department of Community and Rural Affairs that we will be able to make improvements on our huge rural road network. This is a priority for Minister Michael Ring and something I intend to pursue with him.”

Limerick to have 561 SNA’s for new school year- O’Donovan

Added July 17th, 2017

Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure AND Reform, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news from the Minister for Education and Skill, Richard Bruton TD that the total number of Special Needs assistants (SNA’s) in limerick is to increase 528 to 561, an increase of 33 for the coming school year. Patrick O’Donovan said that the increase represents the Government’s commitment to the provision of special needs education at both primary and secondary level with 117 of the positions for Special Schools.

“This is good news for the children across Co. Limerick who require the assistance of a Special Needs Assistant, but it is also good news for their parents and the schools that they are attending. I worked myself as a primary teacher and I know at first hand the difference that an SAN can make to the teaching and learning in our classrooms.

“When we entered Government in 2011 there was 10,575 SNA’s working in Irish schools. Following this announcement there will be 13,990, the largest number of SNA’s ever, an increase of over 32%since 2011. This is clear evidence of this Government’s commitment to the needs of special education in our schools.”

“As a Government we have also increased the total budget for special education to €1.68billion because as a Government we recognise the need for children to get the best possible start in education and we want to make sure that the resources that are needed for them and for their teachers and schools are in place.”



Contact Patrick O’Donovan 069-77998

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