Month: July 2018
Added July 31st, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan said he believes that the relationship between Ireland and the United States continues to be very strong. He was speaking after a series of meetings in Washington DC with members of Congress and representatives of the US State and Treasury Departments.
“Ireland maintains a very special relationship with the United States. This is very clear at every level given the generations of emigration from Ireland. Irish people have contributed across a variety of areas to lead in America. So when we sat down to discuss areas of mutual interest it was clear we were speaking to friends.”
Patrick O’Donovan was in Washington with Clare TD and Minister of State Pat Breen.
Minister O’Donovan said “The Mid West area has a number of very important US employers. With an international airport, deep water port, motorway network, third level education colleges and a strong employment base, it was clear to our American friends that we have a strong and positive story to tell as a region.”
Both Ministers met with Congressional leaders from a number of States including; New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Alabama, Pennsylvania and California.
“The meetings gave us a chance to discuss a number of issues including Brexit and Trade. We were keen to point out that almost as many American people work for Irish companies in the US as Irish people in American companies in Ireland. We sighted the strong attributes of the Mid West as areas for further US investment and we outlined the Irish Government’s response to Brexit. We also discussed political issues that have potential impacts on trade, commerce and investment and laid out our Governments position”
Patrick O’Donovan said he maintains constant contact with Irish and multinational companies across the region who were glad that the visit had happened. Since returning I’ve spoken to many company representatives who have expressed their support for engagements like this. They have asked me to maintain further and constant contact with representatives of the United States Government on behalf of the people that work for American companies in our region. I’ve committed myself to doing that.”
Added July 24th, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan switched on the new flood lights at Doon’s GAA Field on Saturday night. A large crowd of GAA members and local people from Doon were present to see the new state of the art lighting system being turned on in the East Limerick Club for the first time.
“It’s a great night for Doon and the GAA here” said Minister O’Donovan. “There aren’t too many sports grounds that have facilities like this and great credit has to go to the club officers and members for working to get to this night where they can switch on the new lights.”
“Doon GAA received a Sports Capital Grant from the Government of €68,000. When I was Minister for Sport I opened the Sports Capital Scheme and I worked with many clubs and organisations including Doon GAA. The Government investment of €68,000 has allowed the club get to this stage and shows how important grants like these are to our rural communities.”
Patrick O’Donovan said he looked forward to the reopening of the Sports Capital Scheme for applications from clubs which he understands is due shortly.
“Over the last few years I’ve been pushing investment by Government into our rural parishes like Doon. Sports Capital Grants, Town and Village Renewal Funds, Rural Recreation Grants, LEADER Grants, CLÁR funding and Fáilte Ireland Grants have made a huge difference to many of our rural areas.”
“Now we also have a €1billion fund under Project Ireland 2040 for the development of communities across Rural Ireland and I will be working to make sure rural Co Limerick gets its fair share of this.”
Patrick O’Donovan congratulated the officers and members of Doon GAA and wished them well in their plans for the future development of their grounds.
Added July 3rd, 2018
The Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Patrick O’Donovan has said that continuing economic recovery will have further benefits for Limerick and the Mid-West. The Limerick Minister was speaking after a visit by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD to Co. Limerick. Patrick O’Donovan said “Since 2011 the Government set out on a program that involved steps been taken in a number of areas. Each one of these was strategic, and each one has worked. This has resulted in more people at work in Ireland today than ever before, our unemployment rate falling from 16% in 2011 to just over 5% now.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that he brought his colleague to Co. Limerick to show the potential in rural areas, in villages and towns for further economic and community development, and to also show examples of Government investment in the Limerick County constituency.
“This was an opportunity for Paschal to see just some of what we in Co. Limerick have to offer. We saw at first hand examples of the impact that farming has, not only to the farming families, but to the wider community. We got to visit a day care centre and community creche in Broadford which caters for a large number of people, we saw how the Kantoher Development Group have led the revival of their community in the aftermath the closure of the processing plant, and we met with the Development Association in Newcastle West, who are an example of what joined up thinking can do for our rural towns.”
“I wanted Paschal to see the potential of the recently announced €1Billion rural development fund that is contained in Project Ireland 2040, the National Development Program. I wanted to use the opportunity to encourage him to push forward the investment in our rural areas, villages and towns. By leading Government investment in infrastructure, facilities, amenities, roads, schools and other projects we will make our communities even more attractive places for people to live in and invest in.”
Patrick O’Donovan also arranged for Paschal Donohoe to meet with the Management of Limerick City and County Council and the Fine Gael Councillors. “I explained to him what the Council has led in terms of the development of Limerick City, and I showed him how this can be used as an example of renewal across Co Limerick and in every other part of the Country.”
“Now that the Summer Economic Statement is published and the National Economic Dialogue is over, we can begin the process of preparation for Budget 2019. That’s why this visit was so important. I wanted to show Paschal what we can achieve in rural areas with existing, and increased, Government investment. Naturally I’ll use my position in the Department to continue to press for that.”
Added July 2nd, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has said that he was very happy with the visit of Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran to Newcastle West Garda Station.
“At short notice I arranged a visit by Minister Moran to Newcastle West Garda Station to see the conditions that the Gardaí, civilian staff and the public face. I explained to the Minister that since the day the Station opened in the 1970’s little or no change was made even though the population and size of the area that the Station covers has increased and the number of personnel has also massively increased.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that the Minister reiterated the OPW support for the timeframe and schedule for the project that will see alternative offices and accommodation being used over a period of time that will lead up to the station in Newcastle West being able to be replaced.
The Minister met with local Garda management, Garda representatives and officials of his Department with Minister O’Donovan and he inspected the Station and the facilities there.
After the visit Patrick O’Donovan said “This visit was very important. Newcastle West Garda Station is a District Headquarters covering a huge geographical area and the Station is not up to standard. For over twenty years the Station has been left get to the position it now is. I’m glad that the two key Ministers, Charlie Flanagan and Kevin Boxer Moran, have now seen the Station, have met the representatives, seen the conditions and agreed a schedule.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that Boxer Moran agreed that a communication schedule on the progress being made by the project group would be provided regularly. Patrick O’Donovan said that this was very important to ensure that everyone who has an interest in the development of the Station would be kept up to date.