Month: May 2017
Added May 19th, 2017
Following the decision of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD to step down as Leader of Fine Gael after fifteen years, during which time he has led our Party and the Country through a very challenging time we now have to make a decision on who should lead Fine Gael.
We are fortunate as a Party that we have talented Oireachtas Members who are prepared to put their names forward to contest the leadership of the Party. I have decided to support Leo Varadkar TD to become the next Leader of Fine Gael and Taoiseach. I have known Leo for over twenty years and I believe that with the skills, talent, enthusiasm and energy he has that he is the best person to lead Ireland and Fine Gael.
Through his experience in Government he has gained a reputation for being a straight talking, hard working Minister who I believe is best placed to take on the role as Leader of Fine Gael.
Added May 12th, 2017
Fine Gael TD for Limerick and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, has announced an investment of €387,450 for the fifty metre swimming pool in the University of Limerick. The investment is being made by the Minister in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to cover the cost of essential upgrades to the pool.
“I am delighted to be able to make this announcement for UL. The fifty metre pool in UL is a national centre of excellence for swimming and other aquatic sports in Ireland. It is, as we all know, the first fifty metre Olympic size pool in the State, and I want to make sure it’s national importance is maintained. That is why I was anxious through my Department to deliver this funding.”
“Over the last number of months I have worked closely with the UL authorities and I have met them on a number of occasions to discuss the issues they face with the pool. This investment is needed to ensure carry out essential maintenance works to the pool. When completed, it will allow the pool to again be easily adaptable for competitive, as well as recreational swimming. UL have always prided themselves in having their facilities available both to high performance athletes and the local community and this investment will allow that continue in the pool.”
Minister O’Donovan recently officially opened the second pool in UL together with the Munster Rugby Centre of excellence in the University. “This investment of €387,450 which I am making for the boom in the pool will allow for the continued development of aquatics in UL. It compliments other sports investments made by the University recently and it also ensures UL’s place as a national, regional and local centre of excellence for the development of sport in Ireland, something I am determined to develop further as Minister for Sport.”
Added May 8th, 2017
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Added May 5th, 2017
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, today announced an investment package of over €5.9m from Sport Ireland to support the National Network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs), which includes €312,901 for Limerick Sports Partnership.
A total of €5,922,798 will be allocated to support the core work of the 29 LSPs; including the delivery of National Programmes, Education & Training initiatives, Strategic Development, Community Sports Development Officers, the Sports Inclusion Disability programme, Women in Sport Programmes and general participation programmes.
Speaking at the announcement at the Croom Sport Complex in Limerick today, Minister O’Donovan said: “I am delighted to announce funding of over €312,000 for Limerick Sports Partnership as part of a significant Government investment in the Local Sports Partnership Network. This investment will allow the Partnerships to continue to provide many sporting opportunities for people here in Limerick and in local communities right across Ireland. The vital work of the Local Sports Partnership Network in increasing participation, particularly among those sectors of society that are underrepresented in sport, makes a substantial contribution to the health and welfare of individuals, communities and the nation.”
The key aims of the LSPs are to increase levels of participation in sport especially amongst specific target groups such as older people, girls & women, people with disabilities, unemployed people, and those who live in identified disadvantaged communities.
Local programmes supported by Sport Ireland’s investment in Limerick Sports Partnership include: the Women on Wheels Programme, which has seen 200 cyclists take part over the last three years; six community walking programmes in Croom, Ballingary, Bruff Ballybricken and Limerick; Traveller Health and Fitness in Askeaton, Newcaslte West, Abbeyfeale, Rathkeale and Limerick; and the TY VIP Programme which sees students in 13 post-primary schools receive coaching and mentoring while delivering 100 community coaching hours locally.
Throughout 2016, 291,947 people participated in 861 participation programmes delivered locally by LSPs across Ireland, with 18,500 participants taking part in the Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs and Walks and 15,500 cyclists taking part in the An Post Cycle Series.
2016 also saw 10,404 female participants taking part in 70 local Women in Sport programmes. This year €115,000 will be invested in LSPs through the Women in Sport Programme, which aims to raise the overall physical activity levels among women.