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€55,800 approved for works at Ballycullen, Askeaton – O’Donovan

Added July 21st, 2017

Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform has received confirmation from his colleague Minister of State Kevin Moran, that the Office of Public Works have made an allocation of €55,800 to Limerick City and County Council to carry out works at Ballycullen, Askeaton.

“This is good news from the OPW. The office have over the recent past, made a number of allocations to Limerick through the Council to have minor flood works done across Limerick. I work closely with Minister of State Moran and I have been raising a number of projects with him in his role as Minister for the OPW that I would like to see completed in Limerick.”

Patrick O’Donovan added that he continues to raise a number of other flooding issues with OPW through the Minister’s Office and he is hopeful of making progress.

“Over the last few years the Government has been prioritising flood relief works on roads in particular. I hope in the coming months with the establishment of the new Department of Community and Rural Affairs that we will be able to make improvements on our huge rural road network. This is a priority for Minister Michael Ring and something I intend to pursue with him.”

Limerick to have 561 SNA’s for new school year- O’Donovan

Added July 17th, 2017

Limerick TD and Minister of State for Finance, Public Expenditure AND Reform, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news from the Minister for Education and Skill, Richard Bruton TD that the total number of Special Needs assistants (SNA’s) in limerick is to increase 528 to 561, an increase of 33 for the coming school year. Patrick O’Donovan said that the increase represents the Government’s commitment to the provision of special needs education at both primary and secondary level with 117 of the positions for Special Schools.

“This is good news for the children across Co. Limerick who require the assistance of a Special Needs Assistant, but it is also good news for their parents and the schools that they are attending. I worked myself as a primary teacher and I know at first hand the difference that an SAN can make to the teaching and learning in our classrooms.

“When we entered Government in 2011 there was 10,575 SNA’s working in Irish schools. Following this announcement there will be 13,990, the largest number of SNA’s ever, an increase of over 32%since 2011. This is clear evidence of this Government’s commitment to the needs of special education in our schools.”

“As a Government we have also increased the total budget for special education to €1.68billion because as a Government we recognise the need for children to get the best possible start in education and we want to make sure that the resources that are needed for them and for their teachers and schools are in place.”

 

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O’Donovan appointed Minister of State at the Departments of Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform

Added June 20th, 2017

Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan, has said he is delighted be appointed by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, to become the new Minister of State at the Departments of Finance, and Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government, and eGovernment.

Patrick O’Donovan said that he is honoured to be asked by the Taoiseach to take on the role, particularly as he is now the only Minister from Limerick in Government.
This is Patrick O’Donovan’s second appointment having served as Minister for State for Tourism and Sport where he emphasised the need for counties like Limerick to receive greater levels of assistance in the promotion of Tourism. He added “I am looking forward to my new role at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, there are many challenges across the area particularly with Brexit and I hope to be able to bring my experience as a TD for the last six years to my new role.

Patrick served as member of Limerick County Council from 2003 until 2011, when he was elected to the Dáil at his first attempt. Prior to becoming a TD, he qualified and worked as an industrial chemist before then becoming a primary school teacher. He has been a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport & Communications, the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and the Public Accounts Committee.

He thanked his supporters and people of County Limerick for the continuous and ongoing support, without which he said he would not be able to carry out his role as a TD and Minister.

O’Donovan Unveils Route for New Shannon Estuary Way

Added June 20th, 2017

Pilot Scheme to Develop Touring Routes off Wild Atlantic Way

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, and Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan, unveiled the route for the Shannon Estuary Drive on Friday last – the first in what is hoped to be a series of drives which will be developed by Fáilte Ireland in collaboration with local stakeholders to encourage visitors to discover the variety of inland visitor experiences as they travel along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Shannon Estuary is a large tidal estuary on the west coast of Ireland where Ireland’s longest river; the Shannon joins the Atlantic Ocean.

The announcement took place in Glin, Co Limerick and welcoming the initiative to broaden visitor activity in the Mid-West, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport and Limerick County T.D. Patrick O’Donovan said –

“The Shannon Estuary Way new visitor experience provides a significant opportunity for Limerick and Ennis, as gateway towns to the Wild Atlantic Way, and will open up the region’s inland hinterland to visitors as well as support the strong local accommodation base and variety of visitor attractions and services along the route.

“As the Wild Atlantic Way continues to grow, we can now start to develop additional experiences for visitors to enjoy and, through initiatives like this; we can start to develop tourism activity which ensures a greater spread of visitors across the West of Ireland.”

A brand new visitor friendly map of the Shannon Estuary route has now been designed and printed to promote the locality’s key visitor experiences, attractions, towns and villages. The map is now ready for distribution to local businesses and tourist information offices for the 2017 summer season. The map will also be available in key accommodation hubs and all major attractions along the route and will be published on www.wildatlanticway.com

The Shannon Estuary drive is a looped route of approximately 207km (135 miles) and incorporates the following locations:

• Limerick City
• Kilcornan
• Askeaton
• Foynes
• Tarbert
• Killimer
• Labasheeda
• Killadysert
• Ballynacally
• Clarecastle
• Ennis
• Bunratty

Speaking at the launch, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Fiona Monaghan emphasised –

“While the Wild Atlantic Way continues to thrive in terms of visitor numbers and awareness, we need to ensure we continue to develop and build on it – and use its growing appeal to spread tourism activity into as many parts as possible. Initiatives such as the Shannon Estuary Way will do just that and encourage tourists to broaden their visit beyond the coastal touring route – enhancing the experience in a way which will benefit visitors and local communities alike.”

The next steps for the project include the development of a navigation and viewing point strategy developed in collaboration with key stakeholders.

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O’Donovan welcomes €161,730 in CLÁR funding for Limerick Communities

Added June 14th, 2017

The Minister for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD has this morning welcomed the confirmation that he has received from Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, that €161,730 has been allocated to 8 Limerick projects under CLÁR 2017.

The funding for these Limerick communities comes under the CLÁR Safety package for Schools/Community Facilities. CLÁR is a targeted investment programme that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in rural areas.

“This funding is very welcome and will address very important issues such as safety at schools and in communities. This funding will support these local communities as they look to ensure their children are safe and have recreational amenities available in their own communities.”

The Projects that were successful are:

Feenagh NS – €14,400 – road safety measures
Galbally NS – €38,610 – footpath and pedestrian crossing
Kilmeedy NS – €14,400 – Road Safety Measures
Oola NS – €31,680 – Pedestrian Crossing & Public Lighting
Knocknasna NS – €13,500 – Road Safety Measures
Ballylanders – €21,780 – Pedestrian Crossing & Public Lighting
Glengort/Tournafulla NS – €13,500 – Footpath

Bilboa NS – €13,860 – Road Safety Measures

O’Donovan: “Fullers Folly secured for the town of Newcastle West”

Added June 13th, 2017

Limerick TD and Minister for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, has welcomed the decision of Limerick City and County Council to purchase Fullers Folly in Newcastle West. The building had been on the market for some time and after being appointed as Minister; Patrick O’Donovan began to work with the Council with a view to purchasing the building and to secure it for the town.
“This is a great investment by the Council in the town. I have been working closely with the Council over a number of months to have the building brought into public ownership as a visitor attraction. I believe it has fantastic tourism potential based on the main Limerick to Kerry road and beside the Desmond Castle in the town. During the last few months I have kept in contestant contact with local voluntary organisations and the Office of Public Works to outline the potential of the building for the town and the wider region. So having it now in the ownership of the Local Authority is fantastic news for the Newcastle West.”
Patrick O’Donovan said that this investment together with other work that he has led including the development of the Shannon Estuary loop from the Wild Atlantic Way, work in Curraghchase, the Ballyhoura Mountains, Adare, and elsewhere; together with the development of the first Limerick City and County Council Tourism Strategy point to the potential of Limerick Tourism to be grown even further.
“We have fantastic potential working with the Council, Office of Public Works, LEADER companies, Coillte, other public bodies, hotels, restaurants, visitor attractions and others to drive the potential of Co. Limerick to attract more visitors. Over the last twelve months I have used my position as Minister to deliver to this sector here in Co. Limerick and will look forward, if I am asked to be part of the incoming government; I will continue to work for and deliver for Co. Limerick.”

O’Donovan welcomes lifting of Boil Water Notice for Loughill

Added June 2nd, 2017

O’Donovan welcomes lifting of Boil Water Notice in Loughill, Co Limerick following €300,000 investment by Irish Water.
Minister of State for Tourism & Sport and local Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the confirmation that he received from Irish Water today that the long-standing Boil Water Notice affecting a number of premises in Loughill, Co Limerick has now been lifted.

The lifting of the notice, on the advice of the Health Service Executive, follows the completion of work to connect the Loughill Public Water Supply to the Foynes Shannon Estuary supply and the subsequent recording of satisfactory monitoring results. Its removal means that there are no boil water notices currently in place in the county.
Following the confirmation the Minister said “I am delighted that Irish Water has confirmed to me that the Boil Water Notice in Loughill, which was put in April 2015, has now been lifted following the completion of the necessary works. These works will ensure a more reliable and better quality water supply for area into the future”.

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