Month: November 2016

My Week in the Dáil – 13th November 2016

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Minister O’Donovan opens new Special Olympics Offices

Added November 11th, 2016

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport and Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan, officially opened new Special Olympics Ireland offices at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.
The new offices situated at the heart of the Blanchardstown facility will be home to Special Olympics Ireland’s national headquarters, as well as being the base for their Eastern and Leinster divisions, and was developed through a special €5million Exchequer allocation.

Speaking at the opening, Minister O’Donovan welcomed the development of facility: “I am delighted to officially open the Special Olympics Ireland offices here at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus. Special Olympics Ireland do fantastic work the length and breadth of the country, something I witnessed first-hand while volunteering with them myself and these new state of the art offices will assist the staff and volunteers as they continue to have a positive impact on the lives of all their athletes. I would like to congratulate all involved with the development of this facility, and wish Special Olympics Ireland the very best for the future.”

The building, which was project managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) on behalf of Sport Ireland, provides for a reception area, offices, meeting facilities, an open plan office area and volunteer centre, canteen and ancillary accommodation extending to 1,601m2. The facility also includes storage facilities and a Learning & Education Centre which extends to 338m2.

Sport Ireland Chairman, Kieran Mulvey, welcomed the addition of Special Olympics Ireland to the growing number of National Governing Bodies with a presence on the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus. He said: “The development of the new Special Olympics Ireland offices will enhance their position as one of the foremost sporting organisations in the country, and ideally situates them in closer proximity to the excellent facilities on the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, as well at the other National Governing Bodies for Sport.”

Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, added: “Sport Ireland is delighted to add Special Olympics Ireland to the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus. We have seen over the years the great work which is being done by the dedicated work of Special Olympics’ staff and volunteers and the positive opportunities they create for so many, providing sporting and social experiences for persons with intellectual disability. The development of this new facility will help those staff and volunteers build on this good work to continue to create more and more opportunities and experiences long into the future.”

Special Olympics Ireland Chief Executive, Matt English, said: “Special Olympics enables persons with an intellectual disability to take part in sports training and competition. We are really thrilled to be now based at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus alongside so many other National Governing Bodies of Sport. On behalf of everyone associated with Special Olympics, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who made this move possible and most especially the Department of Transport Tourism & Sport, Sport Ireland and the OPW. As a volunteer led organisation, we are also very grateful to the many experts who provided services free of charge in support of this historic relocation. Furthermore we are thrilled that close to 10,000 registered Special Olympics athletes across the island of Ireland will benefit as a result of Special Olympics having a long term base at the beating heart of Irish Sport.”

 

My week in the Dáil – 06th November 2016

Added November 9th, 2016

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Over €370,000 for County Limerick Communities under the Town and Village Enhancement Scheme: O’Donovan

Added November 4th, 2016

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, has welcomed the allocation of over €370,000 to communities across Co. Limerick under the town and village enhancement scheme by Minister Heather Humphrey’s TD. The money is being allocated to Limerick City and County Council to carry out works in towns and villages across the County.

“This is a new scheme launched by Minister Humphrey’s in her role as Minister for Rural Development and is aimed at helping Local Authorities to carry out improvements to streets in towns and villages.”

“I recently discussed the need for town and village renewal with Minister Humphrey’s together with the need to work with Councils across the country in improving the basic infrastructure in towns and villages. This is very important for the residents and traders in these areas; and in my role as Minister for Tourism it is an issue that I am anxious to see prioritised and developed further.”

Patrick O’Donovan said that the allocations to the individual communities are; Abbeyfeale €21,250, Askeaton €47,175, Athea €22,950, Bruff €64,158, Cappamore €30,192, Newcastle West €49,300, Patrickswell €94,350 and Rathkeale €47,175.

He added that he hoped to see the scheme be developed further by the Minister in the time ahead as there are other communities which he knows Limerick City and County Council are anxious to prioritise as well, and he would work to ensure that the other parts of Limerick received investment like this.

“This is very good news for Co. Limerick’s towns and villages from the Government. We have worked to ensure that the Programme for Government has a strong emphasis on small towns and villages and this is the latest in a number of measures which we will take as a Government to ensure that these communities receive the investment needed to make the improvements which community groups and individuals want in their local areas.”

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