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.”
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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.
Added April 3rd, 2017
Limerick Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan has this morning welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD that he has allocated €153,750 to Limerick City and County towards works at Kilterry Pier (€112,500) and Ballysteen Pier (€41,250).
The funding was announced as part of €2.8m package to assist 13 Coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 51 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways. The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.
“I welcome the announcement this morning by Minister Creed that he has allocated funding of €153,750 towards essential repairs at Kilterry and Ballysteen Piers. This funding also has an important social and economic effect for both communities, and I am sure will contribute to the ongoing development of marine leisure in the County and it will of course help in the promotion in attracting tourists to the areas.”
Added March 29th, 2017
Fine Gael TD for Limerick and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’ Donovan, said Limerick will be linked with the Wild Atlantic Way thanks to a new tourism strategy. It is hoped that the strategy will attract over a million visitors and generate €300 million to the local economy.
Minister of State O’Donovan said: “We are delighted to introduce the Limerick Tourism Statement of Strategy. Tourism is a vital contributor to Limerick’s economy and this strategy will provide a roadmap for tourism development in Limerick City and County over the next five years.
“I am delighted to announce that Fáilte Ireland will examine, as part of the Wild Atlantic Way strategy for 2015-2019, the development of a series of loops off the Wild Atlantic Way to encourage greater spread of visitors, alleviate pressure from high traffic areas and present complementary visitor experiences.
“Fáilte Ireland will identify opportunities to present the region’s cultural and sporting heritage to visitors, in line with key strategic areas such as the Wild Atlantic Way and Business Tourism and Events.
He continued: “At present there are 709,000 combined overseas and domestic visitors to Limerick annually generating €206 million in revenue for the local economy.
“Tourism is a large employment sector in Limerick with approximately 8,000 people employed in over 850 enterprises in the tourism industry.
“The aim of this Tourism Strategy is to consistently grow annual tourism visitor numbers to over one million for Limerick and increase visitor revenue to over €300 million per annum.
“We want to make Limerick a ‘must-visit’ destination for both domestic and international visitors. We look forward to the implementation of the strategy in the coming years which will maximise Limerick’s potential as a tourism destination, thereby supporting job creation, investment opportunities, and economic growth.
“Overall, this strategy statement will enable us to connect to national brands, increase visitor stay, address seasonality issues, work with Shannon Airport and all tourism trade partners on marketing channels, develop new tourism products, deliver new festival and events, and help Limerick to exploit all its tourism assets, especially the River Shannon.
“Other initiatives will include enhancing the existing Great Southern Trail by extending the Greenway from Rathkeale to Ballinagrane”.
Added March 27th, 2017
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Added March 21st, 2017
Limerick Minister represents Ireland in New Zealand and Australia for St Patrick’s Day
Limerick TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan represented the Government at last week’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Australia and New Zealand which included visits to the New Zealand and Australian Rugby Unions where he outlined Ireland’s bid for the Rugby World Cup 2023. Patrick O’Donovan also visited a number of Irish Centres, spoke at trade events, met Australian and New Zealand tour operators and engaged with Irish Companies seeking to win business in Australia and New Zealand and companies from there looking for opportunities in Europe.
Patrick O’Donovan travelled to Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. He visited four Irish centres where he met people from across the island of Ireland, some of whom travelled from home over sixty five years ago. He spoke at a number of events and welcomed Irish people of all ages to the Irish Embassy in Canberra and the Consulate in Sydney where he spoke of the important cultural, historic and economic links between the two countries. In Brisbane he met with the Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Queensland at a celebration of St Patrick’s Day which is now almost one hundred and twenty years old.
“This St. Patrick’s Day trip also gave me the opportunity to talk to representatives of rugby in Australia and New Zealand through our bid for 2023, and show clearly the Government’s commitment to it. I also learned of how New Zealand managed the tournament when they had it, and how the organisers of the tournament interacted with the New Zealand Government. There are a lot of similarities between Ireland and New Zealand and I used the opportunities when I met the country’s sports Minister and New Zealand High Performance our equivalent of Sport Ireland, to get an insight into their international sporting achievements particularly in the Olympics.”
In New Zealand Minister O’Donovan met representatives of GAA Clubs from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and other cities in the country where he heard first-hand how the games were developing. He also met representatives of Auckland Rugby in Eden Park, the national stadium for New Zealand Rugby.
In Auckland, Wellington and Sydney Patrick O’Donovan met a range of tour operators and airlines operating in both countries with Tourism Ireland in. He discussed opportunities for Australian and New Zealand tourists visiting Ireland with over one hundred and fifty representatives and highlighted the increased air access to Ireland from both countries through the Middle East. Patrick O’Donovan in his role as Minister for Tourism also attended “greening” events where famous buildings were lit up in green in honour of St. Patrick’s Day in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.
Minister O’Donovan also represented the Government at Enterprise Ireland functions in both countries with up to five hundred people attending functions, including Melbourne, where he spoke on the improvement in the Irish economy, the opportunities for investment and Brexit. The largest gathering took place in Sydney where he was guest of honour at a function with over one thousand six hundred people in attendance including the Prime Minister of the State of New South Wales. He was also present for the launch of a new Irish product on to the Australian market and witnessed the signing of agreements between Irish companies and customers in Melbourne and Auckland.
“This visit to New Zealand and Australia was of huge importance, not only in terms of celebrating St Patrick’s Day, but also it gave an opportunity to me, on behalf of the Government, to provide details on a number of key points which as a country we are anxious to make. While my schedule was busy, I used every opportunity given to push the case for Ireland and to deepen the relationship between us and Australia and New Zealand. We have a long and proud links to both countries, and it was an honour and a privilege to represent Ireland there for St Patrick’s Day.”
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