Month: April 2016

O’Donovan and Keary welcome progress on Foynes flood scheme

Added April 15th, 2016

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan and Fine Gael Councillor Stephen Keary have welcomed news from Limerick City and County Council that work on the Foynes Flood Relief Scheme is to commence in May. The scheme is been funded by the Government through Minister Simon Harris TD at the Office of Public Works.

Patrick O’Donovan said he had kept in constant contact with the OPW and the Council in relation to the delivery of the scheme and had ensured at an early stage through his work with Minister Simon Harris that the scheme was included in the national investment programme for flood relief.

“Since I was first elected to the Dáil I have worked closely with the community in Foynes to ensure that the scheme was delivered and as a Government TD I used every opportunity to push the case for Foynes, often alone. Together with my colleague Cllr Stephen Keary from the Adare Rathkeale Municipal District we kept in constant contact with the Council who were asked by the OPW to award the contract. A number of state and local agencies were part of the process to design the scheme and I was pleased that OPW worked well with Limerick City and County Council, the Shannon Foynes Port Company, CIE and the local community in Foynes to bring the scheme to this stage.”

Patrick O’Donovan said that it was important to point out that the scheme is on target to be delivered on time. “I know that some people had concerns in relation to when the scheme would be delivered however I believe that this latest news from the Council will provide some further clarity locally. It was unfortunate that some people attempted to spread misinformation and fear in the area in relation to the scheme for some sort of political advantage and I was glad that the local community in Foynes saw this for what it was and accepted the plan that was laid out by the Office of Public Works.”

Cllr Stephen Keary said that he would be keeping a close eye on progress of the scheme within the Council and would ask for regular updates to be provided. He said “I am anxious to keep the community in Foynes updated on this because we all know the terrible damage that was caused to properties there from flooding and we want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Patrick O’Donovan concluded his remarks by adding “This is good news for Foynes, and both Cllr Stephen Keary and I will continue to work to ensure the completion of this scheme on time and on target and as a TD for County Limerick I am delighted that the outgoing Government has delivered this.”

O’Donovan seeks urgent meeting on future of Shannondoc in Hospital

Added April 7th, 2016

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has today written to the General Manager of Shannondoc, Mike Finucane following media reports this morning regarding the future of the service in Hospital in County Limerick.

“This morning on foot of the media reports I wrote to Mike Finucane, General Manager of Shannondoc to seek a meeting with him as a matter of urgency to discuss these reports with a view to ensuring that the current service in Hospital is retained”.

Census 2016 will enable us to plan for our public services – O’Donovan

Added April 5th, 2016

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the launch of Census 2016, which will take place on Sunday 24th April.

Commenting on this, Patrick O’Donovan stated: “Census 2016 will give the people of Ireland the chance to make their mark on the future.

“By participating in the census on Sunday 24th April, we will have a better understanding about life in Ireland today. The census will also show how, as a country, we have changed and are changing over time. We will also be equipped to make plans for the Ireland of tomorrow.

“Through the census, every single household provides information which is then used to plan important decisions which we make as a country, such as where to build new schools, where and what type of transport is needed, where the population is aging and in need of more support.

“In this year of commemorations, it will be interesting for us all to see how our country has changed and evolved since the events of 1916. In fact, Census 2016 will take place exactly 100 years to the day after the Easter Rising began.

“Census 2016 will better shape our understanding of what life is like here in Limerick. With the results of the census, we can make plans to invest in the vital series which we need in our communities and to improve the quality of life for all members of society.

Patrick O’Donovan concluded by thanking those enumerators who are currently calling to houses and asked that people would co-operate with the census officials as they call to houses across County Limerick.

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