Month: September 2019
Minister Patrick O’Donovan said recent criticism of rural schemes only serves to undermine the value of the work of the communities that depend on them for funding
Added September 24th, 2019
The Minster of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan said criticism of rural schemes only serves to undermine their value, and the work of the people in the community dedicated to completing vital rural projects.
The Minister of State from County Limerick was responding to criticism on key rural schemes and the time required by some groups to be in a position to draw down allocated funding.
Minister O’Donovan said, “First of all it is probably worth noting that in the course of the recent report, it was acknowledged that the multi-million-euro, Department of Rural and Community Development programmes’, are “vitally important rural schemes”, and I couldn’t agree more. That is why this Government reintroduced those cancelled by the previous Fianna Fáil led Government and introduced new schemes suitable for a new modern rural Ireland.”
“In fact this Fine Gael led Government was the first to introduce a plan for rural Ireland in the form of Action Plan for Rural Development. A key element of this plan was to provide financial support to local communities and organisations who are developing essential public facilities and services within rural communities.
“These volunteers and community groups are working tirelessly to ensure all local funding, planning, design work and other preparations are in place before they draw down the millions of euro ring-fenced for their project by the Department of Rural and Community Development,” he said.
“To criticise the time, it might take for such hard-working groups to be in a position to draw down all their funding, is to undermine their hard work and dedication. I would suggest that instead of subverting the great work being done in communities with the support of such schemes as the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure scheme; Town and Village Renewal scheme; CLÁR, the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS), the Rural Regeneration fund and LEADER, Fianna Fail would be better advised to look at each project in depth and see where they may be able to assist in moving the projects along.”
“I would like to advise any community group in Limerick who may have a difficulty in drawing down their allocated funding, that I am available to assist in any way I can. Rather than being the hurler on the ditch I work to get maximum amount for Limerick. I have been successful so far and will work to continue to do so.”
Added September 4th, 2019
Minister Patrick O’Donovan has said that the allocation of €50,000 to Tournafulla for the provision of a new playground is fantastic news for the community. The funding has been allocated by the Government under the CLÁR Programme
“I’m delighted that Minister Michael Ring TD has made this allocation. It is fantastic news for a voluntary community organisation that want to improve the facilities for local children in the area.”
“As the local Minister I was delighted to work with the local community to deliver this under the CLÁR Programme and it is yet another project that we’ve been able to deliver. I am confident that working with community groups that we will be able to deliver further projects like this in Co. Limerick.”
Added September 3rd, 2019
Limerick TD and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has announced the approval by the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD of a major extension to Scoil Pól in Kilfinane.
The Project involves a ten-room extension to the school that includes; general classrooms, a science lab, an Art room, music room, construction room, preparation rooms and other shared spaces.
“I am delighted to be able to see this project move forward. Over the last few months I have worked with the school and the Minister of Education and Skills to make sure that this project can move forward. This is yet another major capital project that we have secured for County Limerick and as a Minister in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, I am glad the see money like this under Project Ireland 2040 being spent in Limerick”.
The school authorities in Scoil Pól will now move forward with the Project after a tendering process has been concluded.
Patrick O’Donovan congratulated the school and wished them well saying “this is a great announcement and I know that the wider community of Kilfinane and surrounding areas will also welcome this major investment in the area”.