Month: May 2016

O’Donovan honoured and delighted to be appointed as the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport

Added May 23rd, 2016

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has said that he is “honoured and delighted to be appointed as the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.”

Patrick O’Donovan made history when he was appointed as a Minister last Thursday becoming the first Fine Gael TD from the old constituency of Limerick West and the first TD from the current constituency of Limerick County to be appointed as a Minister. He takes on full responsibility for both the Tourism and Sport sections of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Speaking after being appointed to his new role, Minister O’Donovan said he was “absolutely thrilled with the role.”

“I spent most of my first term in the Dáil as a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport during which time I gained a valuable knowledge of the area. I believe that this experience will be of huge value to me in my new role as Minister for Tourism and Sport.”

“2016 looks like being a fantastic year for Ireland in terms of tourism numbers and comes after a record year in 2015. I’m looking forward to leading the Government’s approach to the industry both at home and abroad and working to ensure that more people look at Ireland as a place to holiday in and to visit.”

The new Minister said that a number of very important national and international sports events will take place in the coming months which will show case Ireland and Irish sport, but he was keen to point out the importance of participation at all levels across the country. “We have seen over the last number of years the Government investment in developments in local sports facilities across the country and I hope as Minister to be able to continue that work into the future.”

Speaking at his homecoming to the constituency in Newcastle West on Thursday night last, where a large crowd of well wishers had gathered, Patrick O’Donovan thanked his supporters, family and friends together with the people from Co. Limerick who had voted for him and supported him. “Without the support and work of voluntary supporters I would not be in a position for the Taoiseach to consider appointing me as a Minister. I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me along the way in my career to date and I am really looking forward now to taking on my role as Minister for Tourism and Sport.

 

My week in the Dáil – 22nd May 2016

Added May 22nd, 2016

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O’Donovan “We must remember the Gardaí who gave their lives in the service of the State.”

Added May 11th, 2016

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has paid tribute to the memory of Gardaí who lost their lives in the course of their service to the State. He raised the matter in the Dáil as the twentieth anniversary of murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe in Adare on the 7th June 1996 approaches. Patrick O’Donovan, speaking in a debate on crime in the Dáil said, that while members of the house had paid tribute to the work of An Garda Siochána, we needed to remember those who had their lives cut short in the course of their duty by those who targeted members of An Garda Siochána to pursue their own ends.

During the debate, Patrick O’Donovan paid tribute to Anne McCabe who he said “had kept his memory alive” and he also thanked the members of the Limerick Division of the Force for ensuring that he would never be forgotten by erecting a plaque in his memory in Adare. A concert in his memory will be held in the University of Limerick, at which the band of An Garda Siochána will take part.

After the debate Patrick O’Donovan said that it was vital that all public representatives who commit themselves to the rule of law must stand up and be counted in the defence of An Garda Siochána and our Defence Forces personnel.

“We must always remember the families of slain Gardaí whose grief will never go away. Here in Limerick we recall the memory of people like Séamus Quaid who was shot while on duty in Wexford in 1980. The security of our State has since 1922 depended on the courage and selfless commitment of people like Garda Séamus Quaid and others, who by in large, have operated as unarmed men and women in the service of their communities. For their families who are left behind it is important that the country they served, publicly remembers them, to show the current and future generations that these were true patriots who Ireland will for ever be indebted to.”

“We must never forget the events in our lifetime where certain groups and subversive organisations openly targeted members of An Garda Siochána and the Defence Forces in the pursuit of narrow unrepresentative political objectives. While Ireland is now in a new political era, those people who had their lives cut short because of the uniform that they wore must never be forgotten. We all have a duty to ensure that.”

 

My week in the Dáil – 8th May 2016

Added May 9th, 2016

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O’Donovan stresses importance of agriculture to Co. Limerick

Added May 4th, 2016

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan has stressed the importance of farming and the agri-food sector to the economy of Co. Limerick in a Dáil debate. Patrick O’Donovan used the opportunity to speak in the Dáil to raise a number of issues which he said were of concern to farming families across Limerick.

Deputy O’Donovan raised the issue of the price being paid to farmers at present together with the need for the new Minister for Agriculture to engage positively with representatives of the farming organisations. He congratulated the new leadership of IFA and paid a particular tribute to Co. Limerick farmer Richard Kennedy on his election as IFA Deputy President.

“I want to wish the new leadership of IFA well in their role, and together with ICMSA, ICSA and Macra na Feirme there is a need for everyone with an interest in the future of farming in Ireland to work together to ensure that farming families are delivered to.”

Patrick O’Donovan also raised the issue of the agricultural college in Pallaskenry, and again called for additional teaching resources for colleges like Pallaskenry. “I have raised this issue on many occasions in the last Dáil. It’s not that long ago that there was a question mark over the future of some of these co0lleges, and now we have a situation where they are experiencing massive demand for places. Our colleges need to be resources to ensure that we provide young farmers with the necessary start for them to take on family farms, and also to allow existing farmers have access to continuing professional development so that they can maximise their potential.”

The Limerick TD also spoke of the designation of lands for conservation of the Hen Harrier habitat. “Five years ago when I came into this house for the first time I was the only deputy raising the issue of the Hen Harrier. In the intervening time we have made progress but it has been slow, so I am asking the new Minister for Agriculture, whoever that will be, together with the Minister who will be responsible for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, to work together to deliver a solution for this issue.”

Patrick O’Donovan concluded his statement to the Dáil by emphasising the need for new markets for Irish produce, and he said that it should be criteria of any Minister travelling abroad on official business to promote Irish food as a safe, traceable and of a superior quality. He concluded his remarks saying “given how important the agricultural sector is to our economy locally in Limerick I will be using all avenues available to me as a TD for the area to ensure that the issues affecting farmers and those working in the agricultural and food sectors are heard by Government.”

 

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