Month: August 2020
O’Donovan welcomes major investment in Limerick Active Travel and Climate Change Adaptation Projects
Added August 31st, 2020
Limerick TD and Minister for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed a major investment by Minister Hildegarde Naughton TD for road works including pedestrian crossings, footpaths, lighting, drainage and safety measures across the County.
“Communities across Limerick will benefit from substantial investment for their areas. Various different projects are being included for towns and villages like the installation of pedestrian crossings or the removal of difficult flooding problems off of sections of road.”
“As TD for the County I would have identified most of these needs to Limerick City and County Council and have met local area engineers to get these matters pushed forwards.”
“This investment by Government is also important because it is an important injection of €2million which will allow for local construction works in several of our communities.”
Minister O’Donovan also pointed out that the works in question will make the areas where the roads and footpaths are being repaired or installed safer for pedestrians and other road users.
“The recent COVID restrictions have seen a major rise in the numbers of people walking so this money will help those areas to be safer and allow more people to use our footpaths and roads more safely.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that with he would continue to work with Fine Gael Councillors across the County to identify work like this that the Council and the Government can complete, and that he would engage positively with the Council staff to advance projects for communities across Limerick.
€2.8million for capital works and equipment in higher education institutions in Limerick – O’Donovan
Added August 28th, 2020
Limerick TD and Minister for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news that €2,822,000 has been allocated for capital works and equipment in higher education institutions in Limerick.
Minister O’Donovan said the funding will allow institutions address small-scale capital investment and equipment needs based on their own priorities, including health and safety works, infrastructure upgrades, ICT and equipment renewal, and energy-related upgrades.
“This funding provided by my Fine Gael colleague, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris, represents a significant increase in the devolved capital grant for the higher education sector and the extension of the grant to universities for the first time in nearly a decade” he continued.
“Our local higher education institutions play a hugely important role in the fabric of our community here in Limerick.
“It is essential that the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College can reinvest in their existing estates, renew and update their equipment, and can make capital investments to respond to developments in online and blended learning.
“Ongoing capital investment is essential to ensuring a high-quality academic environment and a positive campus experience for students and staff.
“This flexible funding complements other targeted capital investments in the sector that will help expand availability of student places and transform campus infrastructure over the coming years.
“It also comes at an important time as the sector begins to prepare for the return of students next month”.
The funding announced for each of the Limerick higher education institutions is as follows:
University of Limerick – €1,356,000
Limerick Institute of Technology – €1,023,000
Mary Immaculate College – €443,000
Added August 25th, 2020
Limerick TD and Minister for the Office of Public Work, Patrick O’Donovan and Newcastle West Local Area Councillor Liam Galvin have welcomed the provision of emergency funding for Templeglantine National School so that they can undertake essential works prior to the school reopening.
Minister O’Donovan said: “Both Councillor Liam Galvin and I met with members of the Board of Management for the school some time ago, they outlined to us the works that needed to be carried out at the school. Since COVID19 happened there has been an even greater importance to have these carried out. I am delighted that we have been able to secure funding from the Department of Education for this phase of the works. Which is to make safe and remove a derelict prefab on the school grounds and for funding towards the provision of a perimeter fence. This is an important investment for Templeglantine, the School and for the children of the area.”
Cllr Liam Galvin said: “I very much welcome this funding announcement for Templeglantine National School. I have been working closely with Minister O’Donovan on this project for some time now. With the imminent reopening of the school we left no stone unturned to get this funding secured. This funding will ensure that the school is safe environment for the students and teachers to return to.
They both wished the teachers, students and Board of Management the very best as they prepare to return to the school shortly. They have committed to continue to work with the School Manager and the Board of Management to improve the facilities at the school.
Added August 5th, 2020
Limerick Minister and local TD, Patrick O’Donovan has this afternoon announced funding of €1 million under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) for Limerick.
This funding will go towards dereliction and re-use for housing development in the core of towns and villages in Limerick.
“These allocations are very important for us to be able to see the use of some derelict properties in the middle of our towns and villages across Limerick being put back into use.”
“As a local TD and Minister, I am delighted with this investment by the Government in Limerick, one of the largest allocations across the Country. The Government has made a long-term commitment to rural regeneration and development and we have been investing in our rural communities under a number of different headings.”
“The funding of €1 million announced today is in addition to €1.5m which has already been provided to support this project. The Project is been led by Limerick City and County Council and will now prepare plans to bring derelict properties back into use, with an emphasis on housing, in the core areas of towns and villages in rural Limerick.”
“I have been a constant advocate for programmes like this and I have worked with the Council and communities across the County to get projects up and running that will enhance our communities.”
“We need to see projects being led by the Council that will attract significant Government funding and being a local Minister I hope to be able to continue working on projects like the ones that I’ve been pushing and delivered to.”
Patrick O’Donovan said he would be working with other Ministers including Heather Humphreys to get projects across the County prioritised. He added that he wanted to see a greater level of emphasis from Limerick City and County Council being placed on towns and villages.
“Schemes like this are there to support the Councils and I will continue to encourage the Council to bring forward initiatives and plans that will get national funding.”
Added August 3rd, 2020
Limerick Minister and Fine Gael TD, Patrick O’Donovan, has announced today that four Limerick projects are to share in funding of €110,700 under the first tranche of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
“The funding announced today is will assist businesses/communities in towns and villages to adapt to the specific challenges posed by COVID-19 (e.g. social distancing) and to increase footfall and generate economic activity in the short-term.”
This is great news for rural Co. Limerick. These projects have been developed in conjunction with Limerick City and County Council and the local communities. I know from working with volunteers across Co Limerick what funding like this means to the areas concerned. This injection is just one of a number we have made as a Government into rural Limerick.”
The four Limerick Projects are:
Adare – €40,000
Refurbishment of the Countess of Dunraven Fountain and creation of new pedestrianised area with seating around the fountain.
Bruff – €20,700
Resurfacing of footpath network in Grove Public Park, as well as provision of an access for all entrance to replace the existing steps.
Kilmallock – €25,000
Improved accessibility to Priory Walk, seating in the adjoining Pocket Park and creation of an amenity area including seating, planters and games.
Pallasgreen – €25,000
Sensory garden, walking track and recreational area with universal access for all ages and abilities to gather and integrate. he Limerick projects set to benefit are:
“They include projects that adapt outdoor spaces for social gatherings, dining or the hosting of outdoor events; public realm/infrastructural enhancements to allow for social distancing and to make towns/villages more welcoming.
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has also informed me that “further approvals under the Town and Village Scheme will follow in a series of funding rounds that will be announced in the coming weeks.”