Month: September 2015
Added September 29th, 2015
Fine Gael TD for Limerick, Patrick O’Donovan, has welcomed the news that the new Limerick to Foynes road has been included in the Governments Capital Investment Plan which was launched today. “It is fantastic news for County Limerick as it will allow the development of Foynes Port, which I believe will play a major role in the future economic development of County Limerick and the Mid-West.”
It is understood that scheme will make provision for a bypass of Adare; however the route will be subject to planning permission. Patrick O’Donovan said that since he became a TD he had worked hard to secure an improved road for Foynes and a bypass of Adare. He recently proposed an amendment to the Roads Bill 2014, which the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe TD agreed to, to allow the National Roads Authority (NRA) to carry out pre-planning consultations with An Bord Pleanála before making applications for planning permission to construct new roads. This change in the legislation means that there projects, the new road to Foynes and the bypass of Adare, should not be unnecessarily delayed and should not have further monies wasted on routes that would not receive planning permission.
Patrick O’Donovan said that the inclusion of these projects in the Governments Capital Investment Plan is concrete proof of Fine Gael’s commitment to County Limerick, and the Governments wish to see the economic recovery be brought right into the heart of County Limerick.
“This plan represents a huge step forward for the country in terms of infrastructure, her in County Limerick it means that we will have a modern road from the deep water port in Foynes, through the County, linking onto the national motorway network. This will create massive opportunities in terms of job creation locally and will open up the entire county of Limerick for future development and job creation”.
Patrick O’Donovan said that now that this road is included in the Governments Capital Investment Programme, that he would be anxious to see progress being made on the planning and design stages. He said that he would be using his position as TD for County Limerick to ensure that the project is delivered within an agreed timeframe. He concluded by saying that as a Government TD for County Limerick he would continue to press for national investment in the constituency.
Added September 28th, 2015
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Added September 24th, 2015
Fine Gael TD for Limerick, Patrick O’Donovan, has said that €190,330 being provided for community centres in Limerick will be put to extremely good use. This is part of a €3.2 million funding announcement by the Department of Social Protection to support the operation of community centres and facilities for 91 not-for-profit companies nationally.
“I am delighted to see funding being provided for community centres in county Limerick. The Community Centres to Benefit are:
Patrickswell Community Council Ltd – €38,066
Caherconlish / Caherline – Caherconlish/Caherline Community Council Ltd – €38,066
Lough Gur Development Co – Operative Society Ltd, Patrickswell – €38,066
Newcastle West & District Community Centre Ltd – €38,066
Knockaderry Cloncagh Resource Centre Limerick Ltd – Knockaderry – €38,066
“Community centres work at the heart of our community and offer a range of family and community supports. They could not operate without the financial support from the Government’s Community Services Programme (CSP). This funding enables centres to open and supports quality services to everyone in the area.
“Activities available in community centres cater to a wide array of individuals and groups in the community ranging from pre-school children to mothers and babies groups, to active retirement clubs. Community centres provide a vital social outlet to many people in our community. This is hugely important given the issue of rural isolation. You cannot put a value on the role that community centres play in bringing members of the community together.
“The contracts announced today by the Department will directly support 170 full-time positions over the coming years. Indirectly, over 50 more people will be provided with full-time employment from resources generated from the services delivered.
“The Community Services Programme supports the provision of employment opportunities for people from disadvantaged groups by working with community organisations that operate on a community business or social enterprise basis. Employment is targeted at people with disabilities, long-term unemployed people, travellers, lone parents and rehabilitated drug users. The programme directly supports approximately 2,700 people in employment nationally and a further 500 employees indirectly.”
Added September 15th, 2015
Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has said a visit by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to Newcastle West Garda Station which he organised was a very successful event. The visit coincided with the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party meeting which was taking place in Adare and was arranged by Patrick O’Donovan to show the Minister the conditions currently in Newcastle West Garda Station.
Patrick O’Donovan said “Since the Newcastle West and Askeaton Districts were merged I have been pressing the case to have work carried out on the Garda Station in Newcastle West. I raised the matter in the Dáil a number of months ago with Minister Fitzgerald and at the time she committed to visiting the Station when the opportunity arose. I was delighted when she agreed to the unannounced visit during our two day party meeting in Adare because she could see at first hand the situation facing the Gardai and civilian staff operating in Newcastle West. This station was originally built in the 1970’s for a much smaller number than are currently working from the Station and since it was constructed it has changed very little.”
Frances Fitzgerald met and spoke to members of the Gardai present in the station at the time of her visit and thanked them for the work they do. She received an overview on the size of the Newcastle West Garda District and the issues facing it from Superintendent Tom O’Connor and she was shown the facilities in the station. She said that the issue of the need for work in Newcastle West had been raised with her on several occasions by Patrick O’Donovan and she had also received a report on the condition of the station from Minister of State at the Office of Public Works Simon Harris TD who had also visited the station.
The Minister said she was committed to delivering improvements to Newcastle West. She paid tribute to all the members of An Garda Siochana serving in the area and thanked them, together with the civilian and administrative staff for the work that they do in the district. Patrick O’Donovan thanked the Minister for visiting and said he would be continuing to make representations for improvement works in a Newcastle West and hoped that the issue would be dealt with shortly.
Added September 3rd, 2015
Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the decision by Minister Heather Humphreys to allocate €25,000 to the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes to carry out work on the replica flying boat the “Yankee Clipper” in the museum.
“The Yankee Clipper is a full sized replica of the flying boats that flew into Foynes during the years of the Second World War. It is the focal point of the visitor experience in the Museum and has seen tens of thousands of people go through it since it was first opened. I organised a visit by Minister Humphreys to the museum earlier in the year and the Minister received a presentation on the museum. She was told of the massive growth in visitor numbers since the museum opened and she was shown the plans to carry out work to the replica flying boat which are badly needed. Since then I have been making representations to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for assistance for the museum and now the Minister has allocated €25000.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that he was delighted with the allocation. “This is a recognition of the importance of the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum to tourism in the West Limerick area. The museum is now one of the premier visitor attractions on the Wild Atlantic Way and alongside the jobs that are in the museum, it attracts people to the area who will visit other shops and businesses in the area as part of their visit and make a welcome contribution to the local economy.”
Patrick O’Donovan concluded his remarks saying he would continue to press his colleagues in Government for further investments in amenities and facilities in Co. Limerick.