Month: May 2018

O’Donovan welcomes Government detail on €4 billion investment fund

Added May 30th, 2018

Limerick TD and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed details from Government on how it is proposed to spend €4billion under funding announced as part of the National Development Plan, Project Ireland 2040. The funds which cover Rural Development, Urban Regeneration, Climate Action and Innovation will be allocated to projects that can show a positive impact in communities across the country under a number of different assessments.

“These funds were announced as part of the launch of Project Ireland 2040 and I am particularly happy that the Rural Development Fund, which is important for Limerick, will be administered by Minister Michael Ring and will be aimed at ensuring that rural communities are able to access increased levels of funding over a ten year period. This is aimed at improving the quality of life for those that live in our rural areas and also to make them attractive places for people to invest in and create jobs in. I believe that Minister Ring will invite applications to be submitted to his Department shortly, and having worked very closely with him over the last seven years in my work as a TD for County Limerick I know he is committed to ensuring the greatest spread possible of this funding. I have already met the Minister in his Department in Dublin to discuss this fund and made a number of suggestions as to how the funding can be distributed and I am delighted he has taken my points into account.”

Patrick O’Donovan said that the recent experience that Limerick City and Council have gained in working with institutions like the European Investment Bank and the Council of Europe Development bank will be invaluable in accessing the funds being made available by the Government under the Urban Regeneration and Rural Development headings. “I met with both banks recently and I know that given the work that the Council have already underway that they are best placed to drive the applications to secure the greatest amount of money from these funds for Limerick.”

“When project Ireland 2040 was being developed I was very anxious as a rural TD to ensure that there was a fair balance of funding and attention given by Government to rural areas. I am glad that that has been done by this Fine Gael-led Government. The projects that have already been announced for Limerick under the plan together with these details prove that Limerick is and will continue to do very well from Government investment funds. If we in Limerick are to lead the development of the wider Mid-West region, which has to be our ambition, then we must be to the fore in the region in applying for these funds from Government.”

Patrick O’Donovan committed himself as Limerick’s Minister to working with colleagues in Government to drive projects for the County. Over the last few years I have been able to secure the advancement of a number of projects for Limerick and under this latest fund that is what I want to continue doing.

 

O’Donovan welcomes funding of over €3m for Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People with a disability

Added May 4th, 2018

Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Patrick O’Donovan welcomed confirmation that €3,243,814 in funding is to be made available for Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People with a disability in Limerick.

Patrick O’Donovan said that “the Minister of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD and his Minister of State, Damien English TD have both confirmed to me this morning that funding of €3,243,814 will be announced later today for the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People with a disability scheme which is administered through Limerick City and County Council. This includes a 4% increase on last years funding and the Local Authority’s contribution.

“These grants are essential to assist people to make their homes more suitable to their needs, works that are covered under the grant are downstairs toilet facilities, accessible showers, adaptions to facilitate wheelchair access and extensions.

Green light for Athea Sewerage Scheme – O’Donovan

Added May 3rd, 2018

Limerick TD and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has said he is delighted that Irish Water have signed contracts and approved €1.5million for the sewerage scheme in Athea and that works are to commence.

Patrick O’Donovan said that he had received the confirmation from Irish Water as part of regular engagement he has with the company in relation to works on Co. Limerick schemes.

“This is great news for the people of Athea. When I became a Minister I prioritised this issue with Irish Water. I asked that a special case would be made for Athea given how long the process had been from the time the scheme was first discussed by Limerick County Council. I have watched this move through consultation with the local community, to planning with the Council and to a situation where we now have the green light to construct.”

“In that time I have attended countless meetings in Athea, Limerick and Dublin on the matter to convince people of the merits of this project and of the need for a separate plan. I am delighted today that we have arrived at this point where money has been allocated and the approval has been given to construct.”

Patrick O’Donovan added that he was very impressed by the manner in which Irish Water had dealt with the project since they came into existence and in that time a number of hurdles have been crossed.

“In 2015 I received a commitment that the upgrade would be completed, and it was estimated at the time that €728,000 would be the cost of the project. However today after all of the phases have been complete contracts have been signed for €1.5million and we are ready to go with a contractor. It’s a great day for the community who have worked with throughout the whole time and we now have achieved the result we set out to reach.”

Limerick will benefit from Ten-Year €1 billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures – O’Donovan

Added May 3rd, 2018

Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Patrick O’Donovan, has welcomed the announcement this morning that Limerick will benefit from a ten-year €1 billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures.

The first tranche of €257m in funding for 50 new flood relief schemes to proceed to detailed design and construction phase was announced in Athlone by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran today (Thursday).

The Flood Risk Management Plans published allows the Government to build on significant investment on previous flood defence schemes around the country.

These schemes successfully provide protection to 9,500 properties and the economic benefit to the State in damage and losses avoided are estimated at €1.9 billion.

There are currently also nine major schemes under construction and a further 24 at design/development which together will provide protection to a further 12,000 properties.

Patrick O’Donovan said: “This is great news for people in County Limerick and in particular for the communities in Athea and Rathkeale. I’m delighted the Government has listened to the people here in County Limerick. This significant investment will benefit our communities for many years to come.

“We all know the devastating impact flooding has on families and through these state of the art flood defences we will be able to give people some piece of mind.”

As part of the initial phase of projects the following schemes have been selected – Limerick City & Environs, Athea, Castleconnell and Rathkeale.

“A new website, www.floodinfo.ie has been launched where people can view the community risk, measures in place and those proposed to tackle flood risk in these 300 areas.”

This map and plan viewer website is another important resource that supports planning, emergency response planning, and empowers people and communities to plan and respond to flood risk.

Patrick added that “I have been working closely with my colleague and Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD and his predecessor Sean Canney TD to advance funding in relation to the Athea and Rathkeale Schemes for some time now and I am delighted that funding has now been put in place for the scheme.”

 

 

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