Month: November 2015

My week in the Dáil – 29th November

Added November 30th, 2015

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O’Donovan welcomes funding for Mental Health Team for Limerick Youth Service

Added November 24th, 2015

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement that funding of approximately €130,000 annually is being made available to Limerick Youth.  Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch TD has confirmed that the funding is being made available to the Limerick Youth Service for mental health services.

Patrick O’Donovan said “I welcome the announcement by the Minister today, as it will further enhance the services that the Limerick Youth Service provides to young people in County Limerick. This funding will be used to appoint of a Mental Health Youth Worker, Counsellor and an Administrative Assistant.”

“It is important to ensure that young people in need of support are afforded every opportunity particularly at community level.  Mental Health intervention services like this are very beneficial for young people at an early stage.”

“From working with young people on a regular basis I know that this is a very important announcement today. I know that the Limerick Youth Service have put a lot of work into this project and I am committed to working with them and other youth organisations into the future.”



My week in the Dáil – 22nd November

Added November 24th, 2015

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O’Donovan: “€728,000 allocated to Athea sewerage scheme”

Added November 18th, 2015

Limerick Fine Gael Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the announcement from Irish Water that they have allocated €728,000 for the upgrade of the Athea sewerage scheme.

“Over the last number of months I have been working with Irish Water to get Athea prioritised. I recently secured a commitment from them to include the scheme in their capital programme, and this announcement that they have provided €728,000 to the scheme is a massive investment for the community of Athea.”

“Irish Water have informed me that they have awarded a contract for the design, procurement and management of all the project. This is important because I know from speaking to people in Athea that they were anxious to hear how much Irish Water were prepared to invest. Through a long process of discussions with them I was able to convince them to prioritise Athea and I am delighted that the scheme has now moved on to a very significant stage. The next stage of the process will be to complete the public consultation and to appoint a contractor to carry out the physical works.”

Patrick O’Donovan added “Since I first became a public representative in 2003, the issue of the sewerage scheme for Athea has been an issue which the people there have sought to be addressed. This is now being done, and as TD for the area who has worked to get this scheme prioritised I am delighted to receive this very important news that almost three quarters of a million euro will be spent in the village on this upgrade. This is good news for the people of Athea and I will continue to work closely with them to ensure the timely delivery of this scheme.”


My week in the Dáil – 15th November

Added November 16th, 2015

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O’Donovan: “Official opening of Rathkeale Enterprise Centre to provide new opportunity for community”

Added November 11th, 2015

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has said that the official opening of the Rathkeale Enterprise Centre in the old Andersen Ireland plant next week will mark a major positive step forward and a new opportunity for Rathkeale and the surrounding areas.

“I am delighted that the Minister for Finance, Limerick’s Michael Noonan TD will officially open the facility on Monday. I know from the time that Andersen announced its closure that there was huge concern in the local area about the future of the plant. There was a strong wish from within the community that the facility would be kept for the creation of employment in Rathkeale. I was part of a group which was formed after the closure was announced which included the Rathkeale Community Council, Cllr. Stephen Keary, local man Brian McEnery and Michael Cantwell from Innovate Limerick who worked with the bank in question to secure the plant for the town.

“Working as a small united group with Limerick City and County Council we were able to guarantee that the plant would have a future in the creation of jobs in Rathkeale and also be given a strong community use in the town, I am thrilled that our work paid off and that the Minister for Finance is doing the honours in opening the new Rathkeale Enterprise Centre. The presence of the Minister for Finance will be a strong signal of how this Government values local enterprise in town like Rathkeale.”

“Recently I was able to work together with Cllr. Stephen Keary and with the Butterfly Club to secure €80,000 for the work that they are due to start in their new home in the old Andersen plant, and their presence, together with the jobs which are already in the Rathkeale Enterprise Centre, will mean that the facility will be in the heart of the local community long into the future. I am delighted to have played my role in this project and I am looking forward to a bright future for this facility for many years to come.”


My week in the Dáil – 11th November

Added November 11th, 2015

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Funding boost for schools in Limerick to upgrade school buildings and improve facilities – O’Donovan

Added November 6th, 2015

Fine Gael TD for Limerick said that primary schools in County Limerick are to benefit from funding to upgrade school buildings and improve facilities for students and teachers.

“€28.5 million is being made available by the Government for the payment of a Minor Works grant to primary schools around the country. Schools in County Limerick will be able to use this funding to improve the physical infrastructure of schools. They can also use the grant for the purchase of furniture, as well as PE and IT equipment.

“I’m very aware of the great work being done in schools across Limerick and this funding will help Boards of Management and school principals in Limerick to improve facilities and equipment for both pupils and teachers.

“The rates payable are €5,500 per school, plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil. Primary schools in Limerick will be issued with the grants by 20th November 2015.

“I would also encourage schools in Limerick to apply for the separate Summer Works Scheme. Nationally a total of €80 million is being made available for the scheme which covers 2016 and 2017.

“In my view it is vital that students and teachers in schools across Limerick spend their days in an environment that is comfortable and conducive to study. Fine Gael is committed to funding improvement and upgrading works in schools across Limerick to help improve the learning environment for students.

“The funding being made available under this scheme will allow schools in Limerick to carry out small and medium scale building works that will improve and upgrade existing school buildings. The projects that can be covered under the scheme include gas, electrical and mechanical works, roof and window upgrades and structural improvements.

“It is up to schools in County Limerick to identify the most urgently required projects to be funded from the Summer Works Scheme. Each school can apply for one small scale project.

“This Summer Works Scheme is also welcome news for the local economy in Limerick as it will support jobs in the construction sector and stimulate economic activity.”

For Further Information: Full details on the schemes are available on the Department’s website at  An SWS Helpline Freephone service will also be put in place to assist schools with any queries on the Scheme including completion of the application form.

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