Month: August 2018

Minister welcome historic day from education in Croom

Added August 31st, 2018

Limerick TD, Minister Patrick O’Donovan turns the sod on new school building for Colaiste Chiarain 

Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD, has hailed the start of construction on the new school building for Colaiste Chiarain as “a bright new era in education for Croom”.

The Limerick TD, officially turned the sod on the greenfield site, on what will be the new state-of-the-art Colaiste Chiarain secondary school, this morning (FRI).

The Minister said: “I am immensely pleased to be here today on what is a historic day for Colaiste Chiarain and the town of Croom.

“For years I, together with my colleague Cllr Stephen Keary, have worked tirelessly with the Minister for Education and the Education and Training Board to secure this vital development for Croom.”

“During that time there has been many disappointments and setbacks. “While today feels like a new beginning it was a long and often challenging journey to get here. However, we persevered, because Croom and its young people deserve nothing less than this outstanding development.”

“Going forward I wish everyone involved in the construction phase of this mammoth project the very best of luck. Education is one of the most precious things in the world and to be part of something so important to this community is a great privilege.”

“It is just one of a number of new school projects the government are delivering on across the county. In places like Doon, Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock and Newcastle West we have made substantial investments in our second level schools.Other secondary schools have also received funding for refurbishment and we have also provided significant resources for primary schools across Limerick including new schools, extensions and refurbishments.”



O’Donovan welcomes opening of applications for sports grants

Added August 30th, 2018

Limerick TD and Minister, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news that the Government has opened the Sports Capital Programme for applications. A total of €40million has been provided by the Government for the 2018 round of grants. Patrick O’Donovan, who opened the last round of Sports Capital, said the announcement would be warmly welcomed by sports clubs and organisations across Co. Limerick.

“Our sports clubs are the backbone of communities across Limerick. I know from dealing with so many of them all over the county, of the immense voluntary effort that they put in, year in, year out to keeping  these vital amenities in a condition that they can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike people in the area. Over the last number of years we have made great progress in improving the facilities available for participants and spectators, however there is more that needs to be done. That’s why the opening of this scheme is so important.”

The last round of Sports Capital grants, which were opened by Patrick O’Donovan, saw €1,680,129 invested by the Government in 58 clubs and organisations across Co. Limerick in a variety of different sports.

“I have asked the Department to make sure that the application process for these grants is kept as simple as possible and that assistance and advice be made available from the Department to applicants. We want to make sure that the greatest number of clubs and organisations receive assistance from the Government so that they can invest in their local areas.”

“I know that given the amount of interest in the last two rounds of the scheme that this one is likely to receive a lot of attention and that there will probably be a large number of applicants. County Limerick has fared well in the last two rounds and I hope that we will be equally as successful this time.”

Clubs and Organisations who wish to avail of the programme must register by 5pm on Friday the 5th October and applications can be submitted from 9am on Friday the 7th September until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.

Further details on the Programme are available from my office on 069 77998.

2018 Sports Capital Programme




Added August 1st, 2018

Limerick TD, Minister Patrick O’Donovan holds constructive meeting with IFA representatives

Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD, recently held a very positive meeting with Limerick and regional delegates of the Irish Farmers Association.

Concerns surrounding the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) were the main focus of the meeting.

The Minister is keenly aware of the concerns held by farmers throughout Ireland regarding the uncertainty posed by Brexit.

Minister O’Donovan said: “The importance of maximising the CAP budget post-2020 is a major priority both for me and this government.

“I will also be meeting with other farming organisations to discuss their concerns going into the next Dail term.

“I am strongly engaged with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and European Commissioner Phil Hogan on this issue.

“There is a need for everyone with an interest in the future of farming in Ireland to work together to ensure that farming families are protected and delivered to.

“Given the importance of the agricultural sector to our economy locally in Limerick, I will work tirelessly, through all the avenues available to me as a TD, to ensure the issues affecting farmers and those working in the agricultural and food sectors are heard by Government.”

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