Month: January 2021
Added January 18th, 2021
Minister Patrick O’Donovan has announced funding of almost €175,000 for walkways in Co. Limerick. The money has been allocated by Minister Heather Humphrey’s to ten projects in the County.
The projects that are to benefit are: Lough Gur €20,000, Doon €20,000, Knockfierna €20,000, Liskennett €6,588, Kilfinane €19,980, Ballyhoura Trails €19,980, Ballyhoura Cycling Trails €20,000, Ballyhoura Development Marketing Project €19,980, Broadford and Ashford €19,332, Ballyhahill €8,955.
Welcoming the news Patrick O’Donovan said “Since this Government has been formed Minister Heather Humphreys has made several announcements of funding for communities across Limerick with projects like the Great Southern Greenway receiving very large amounts of money in the last few weeks.”
“This time round it is smaller projects receiving money in projects all across the County. The applications here were made by Limerick City and County Council and the two LEADER Companies in the County, Ballyhoura Development and once the application was valid the Department of Community and Rural Development were able to make the application.”
“Even though we are in the middle of a lockdown I can safely say that every week a different community group from somewhere in the County is meeting me on zoom to see how they can progress projects in their areas. I think that people are looking at what is happening in other parishes and asking themselves how they can improve their local places.”
“In the last number of months’ communities across Limerick have seen a huge increase in the amount of people that are out walking and running. Lockdown including the 5km restrictions have shown some communities that now is a time to start putting plans in place for improvements in amenities for young and old alike in their area. I know that from speaking to some that they want to start developing their strategies and to be ready for the future rounds of funding. Based on the last number of months I would safely say that there will be a significant amount of applications for grant schemes like this in the time ahead.”
Added January 8th, 2021
Local TD and Minister for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan has announced funding of €580,000 for projects in the constituency of Limerick County under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Allocations are being made under the scheme for a variety of different initiatives across the County including investments in amenities, car parking and information technology.
“ I am delighted to see funding being allocated to the communities of Doon, Croom, Feenagh, Rathkeale and Glin in the constituency of Limerick County and Caherconlish is also receiving funding in the Limerick City Constituency.”
In total Limerick is to receive €680,000 with €580,000 going to the County Constituency broken down to; Doon €89,550 for the development of an eHub, Croom €100,000 for improvements to car parking in the town, Feenagh €100,000 for the development of a new park in the village, Rathkeale €200,000 for works at the old railway station in the town which will form part of the Great Southern Greenway and Glin €90,351 for interpretive equipment and improvements in the town.
“This is the latest round of funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Minister Heather Humphreys, who I work very closely with in my role in the OPW, had made the allocations, and these towns and villages are the latest set of communities across Co. Limerick that are benefitting from the scheme.”
“Since it was introduced I have worked with communities across the County to get the maximum amounts for the County, and I have found that the most important part of any of the applications is the collaboration and working with the Council. In these cases I know that having met the Council several times on most of these projects, that they are very good projects and will make, like others have, a big difference to our towns and villages.”
“As a local Minister, I have made investment in our rural communities a key priority for the last number of years, and I am glad to say that it is working. Sports Capital, Rural Regeneration, Clár, Town and Village and LEADER are all schemes that are open to our towns and villages to look at, to see by working with the Council how we get money into local areas, to improve the quality of life for people there. I am glad to say that the schemes are working and that Limerick is doing very well from the money available.”
Patrick O’Donovan concluded by saying that he will work with any community group or organisation that have an idea as to how to improve their area, and while there are no guarantees he is committed to continuing to work within Government to get the maximum amount possible for Co. Limerick.