Month: October 2015

Rathkeale Butterfly Club to receive €80,000 – O’Donovan

Added October 28th, 2015

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news that the Butterfly Club in Rathkeale has be awarded €80,000 by the Department of Health under the National Lottery Grant Scheme.

“Over the last number of months I have worked closely with the committee of the Butterfly Club in their efforts to get funding for their new facility in the old Andersen Ireland Plant. Only last week I arranged for members for the Butterfly Club along with local Councillor Stephen Keary and myself to meet with officials from Minister Leo Varadkar’s office regarding the club’s application to the Department”

“I am delighted to have been able to help the Butterfly Club secure this funding as it will be of benefit to the entire West Limerick area. The Butterfly Club provides badly needed respite services for children and young adults with special needs from across West Limerick. Both Councillor Keary and myself have worked with the Rathkeale community in securing the old Andersen Ireland Plant for the town of Rathkeale, and now we are both delighted that Minister Leo Varadkar has allocated €80,000 to a very worthy cause which will be based in the facility.”

Patrick O’Donovan wished the Butterfly club well for the future and he committed himself to working with community groups like them across West Limerick into the future.

My week in the Dáil – 25th October

Added October 27th, 2015

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O’Donovan welcomes announcement of Hen Harrier Scheme

Added October 23rd, 2015

Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the announcement that Farmer’s whose lands have been designated as Special Areas of Conservation for the protection of the Hen Harrier, are to be accommodated under the Locally Led Agri-Environment Scheme (LLAES).

“Since I first entered the Dáil in 2011 I have been working with farmers in Limerick and elsewhere who had their farming practices restricted because of designation for Hen Harrier habitat protection. I believe that the announcement by Minister Simon Coveney TD to put a package in place to address the needs of these farmers is the right thing to do and is something that I have used every possible opportunity as a member of Dáil Éireann to fight for.”

“This scheme will be included in an amendment to Ireland’s Rural Development Programme which is to be lodged with the EU Commission in the Spring. Consultation is currently underway and I would encourage all those affected by this issue to participate. Farmers working in Hen Harrier areas are already eligible for GLAS and could earn up to €7,000 per annum through a combination of GLAS and GLAS plus. Speaking at the launch the Minister urged all farmers in Hen Harrier designated areas to participate in the scheme.”

It is expected that up to €40million will be provided for this locally led scheme over five years and the Minister added that Minister Tom Hayes was also looking for the inclusion of a forestry element in the overall package of measures, which may allow farmers in designated areas to plant in the future. This detail, he said, will be worked out between the Departments of Agriculture and Heritage and he was confident of progress being made in the area.”

“I would like to pay tribute to all those who campaigned vigorously on this issue and indeed my colleague the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney TD for being pro-active on this issue. I believe that this decision by the Government is a recognition after years of campaigning, of the plight of landowners in designated areas and I am committed as a TD for Limerick to working with the landowners and their representatives to working to ensure that the scheme is rolled out as soon as possible and makes a positive impact in rural Co. Limerick.

O’Donovan welcomes 182 jobs for Foynes

Added October 22nd, 2015

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the decision of CPL Industries to proceed with their €42million investment in Foynes which will create 182 jobs in the Port.

“This is fantastic news for Co. Limerick and the Mid-West and it represents a massive investment in the Port which I hope can be built on with other projects that will create jobs. This Government decided to designate Foynes Port as a Tier 1 Port of National Importance and as a member of the Oireachtas Transport Committee I worked hard to get that designation. This investment today proves that the Government policy for ports is working, and together with the initiatives taken by the Government in the areas of carbon tax and smokeless fuel, we are seeing this massive announcement today creating much needed jobs in our community.”

“As TD for Co. Limerick I have worked closely with CPL since they first looked at Foynes. I know that while there have been issues along the way we have arrived at a point where the first major foreign investment in West Limerick in over twenty years is now going to take place with a delivery of 182 jobs. These jobs are going to make a massive difference in the local community and will provide individuals and families with the opportunity to build a future in the area. It will also result in a significant boost for the wider local economy which will benefit from the spin-off of such a huge investment in Foynes.”

“This announcement proves how important the Shannon Estuary is to the local economy in Limerick and the Mid-West. The Government have recently decided that together with designating the Port as the only strategic port on the west coast, we included a new road to Foynes in the Capital Programme. As a Government we recognise the potential of Foynes to create jobs in rural Co. Limerick and we are all optimistic that similar announcements to this can be made in the future.”

Patrick O’Donovan paid tribute to the Shannon Foynes Port Company and local man, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD for their combined efforts in securing the jobs for Foynes. “We are very fortunate to have the Minister for Finance in the locality. He has provided the leadership in the region for projects like this and I believe that by having him here in Limerick he has been instrumental in driving the recovery in the Mid-West. However the recovery is still very fragile and needs to be protected and that is why we need to be steer clear of political instability,”

Patrick O’Donovan said he would be continuing to work on projects like this as a TD for Co. Limerick and he wished CPL well in the months ahead as they prepare to recruit the first of their new employees in Foynes.

 

O’Donovan: “Newcastle West Garda Station to get major overhaul in Government Plan”

Added October 21st, 2015

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has said he is delighted with the decision of the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD to include Newcastle West Garda Station on the Government’s list of Garda Capital Works.

“I have been working on this project since I became a TD and I am thrilled to have been able to secure this badly needed investment for Newcastle West. The current station was built for a smaller Garda district and since then very little has changed in the station, but with increased demands on the Gardaí we need a modern headquarters for the West Limerick area.”

“Since becoming a TD I have pushed the case for Newcastle West at every opportunity. I recently accompanied the Minister for Justice to the station and prior to that I organised a visit by the Minister of State at the Office of Public Works Simon Harris TD. In both cases they met with members of the Gardaí and saw for themselves the condition of the station. It was clear to both of them that there needed to be improvements in Newcastle West and I was delighted when the Minister for Justice told me that she had agreed with my request to allocate funding to Newcastle West in the plan.”

“The plan which was submitted by local Garda management and which is now approved includes a substantial extension and complete renovation of the existing facility, which will make it one of the most modern facilities in the region. This will allow members of the Force and the civilian staff to offer a complete modern police service from Newcastle West. The public will also see an obvious benefit with an improved public facility in Newcastle West which respects people’s privacy, confidentiality and dignity. This is fantastic news for Newcastle West and recognition of the place that the town has, as the headquarters of a Garda district which is bigger than Co. Monaghan.”

Patrick O’Donovan paid tribute to local Superintendent Tom O’Connor and the local Gardaí who have served Newcastle West from the current Garda Station. “This is great news for Newcastle West and is a clear commitment from this Government to; the town, the surrounding areas, the members of An Garda Siochána and the Department of Justice staff in the station. I am delighted as the Government TD for the area to have played my role in its delivery.

My week in the Dáil – 18th October

Added October 19th, 2015

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Newcastle West Garda Station: O’Donovan meets Minister for Justice

Added October 14th, 2015

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has today met with the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD in relation to the Governments Capital Investment Plan to discuss the need for improvement works at Newcastle West Garda Station.

“I have been pressing the case to have work carried out on the Garda Station in Newcastle West. I have raised the matter with Minister Fitzgerald on several occasions now and I organised a visit by her to the Station where she met with members of An Garda Síochána. The Minister saw first-hand the conditions at the Station when she visited and I am hopeful of it’s inclusion in the Department of Justice Capital Plan.

 

My week in the Dáil – 11th October

Added October 13th, 2015

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My week in the Dáil – 4th October

Added October 3rd, 2015

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