Month: December 2020

Additional funding of €170,209 for Co. Limerick projects under the COVID-19 Stability Fund.

Added December 11th, 2020

Delighted to welcome the announcement that an additional €170,209 is being allocated to projects under the COVID-19 Stability Fund in County Limerick. This will bring the total funding for County Limerick projects under the fund to €546,365.

“This is very good news for the successful organisations across the County. Community and voluntary organisations all over the country have struggled to fund raise to keep services going and this additional allocation will make a big difference to those that will receive it. This announcement follows the initial funding announcement under the fund made by my colleague Minister Heather Humphreys in September.”

“I am delighted that this additional funding has been made available to these community, voluntary organisations and charities. I will continue to raise with Minister Humphreys the challenges the community and voluntary sector face at this time and I will continue to seek further supports for these organisations in the time ahead.”

The projects in Limerick County that will receive this additional funding are:

Croom Community Development Association – €33,337 (€107,009)

Caherconlish/Caherline Community Council – €27,575 (€88,514)

The Desmond Ability Resource Complex Company – €27,140 (€87,118)

St. Ita’s Voluntary Housing Association and Day- Care Centre – €18,345 (€58,887)

Hospital Family Resource Centre Company – €16,853 (€54,097)

WLCR FM Company Limited – €8,531 (€27,384)

The Butterfly Club CLG – €8,331 (€26,743)

Broadford community enterprise centre CLG – €7,833 (€25,144)

Patrickswell Community Council – €6,388 (€20,506)

Abbeyfeale Community Council – €5,985 (€19,212)

Pallasgreen-Templebraden Community Council Limerick – €4,163 (€13,364)

Ballybrown Clarina Community Council – €2,875 (€9,228)

Knocklong Development Association CLG – €2,853 (€9,159)


*The figure in the brackets is the total funding received by the organisation to date including this additional funding.


21 Schools in Limerick to benefit under acceleration of National Broadband Plan

Added December 11th, 2020

This is fantastic news for the schools that have been selected. Prior to this announcement some schools would have had to wait up to seven years for a connection. All schools will now be connected within the next two years. This is a real investment in education and rural Ireland. The fast tracking of connectivity for schools is a great first step in speeding up the delivery of the National Broadband Plan”

This acceleration of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) will see 679 schools connected to broadband by the end of 2022 including 21 schools in Limerick.

The schools to benefit under the acceleration are:

Killoughteen National School, Killinure National School, Scoil Tobar Padraig, Dromtrasna National School, Donoughmore National School, Caherline National School, Lough Gur National School, Croagh National School, Scoil Aine Naofa, Scoil Naomh Iosef, Hospital National School, Convent Of Mercy National School, Shanagolden National School, Scoil Naomh Muire, Knocknadea National School, Anglesboro National School, Coolcappa National School, Tinnatarriff National School, Gerald Griffin National School, Loughill, Mountcollins National School and Limerick East Educate Together National School.

“This decision on the acceleration of National Broadband Plan will insure that Ireland and in particular its schools will participate in the digital transformation that is taking place. It will provide opportunities for schools in the delivery of their education programmes under the Governments Digital Strategy for Schools.”

Confirmation balance of ANC payments has commenced.

Added December 10th, 2020

I am delighted to welcome confirmation from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, that the balancing payments under the 2020 Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme has commenced.

“This is great news for farmers who rely on payments such as the ANC, nearly €40 million will issue to farmers this week. The ANC scheme is worth €250m to farmers nationally. In September of this year €185m was issued as part the advanced payments. Near on €40m in balancing payments is going out this week.

“In Limerick 4,052 farmers have received €9,169,308.33 since September through the ANC Scheme and further payments will be made as cases are cleared.”

“This scheme is particularly focused at farmers who are farming in challenging environments and the Government has already committed to €250m for the scheme again next year. Which should provide some certainty for farmers who qualify for the scheme at present.”

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