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Added February 13th, 2017


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O’Donovan: “Good news for Co. Limerick roads as Government allocates €15.9million”

Added January 24th, 2017

Limerick TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed news that Limerick City and County Council are to receive almost €16million from the Department of Transport for work on our roads in 2017. The total amount for 2017 is increased by over €3million on last year’s allocation to €15,905,153.

The amount includes €6.9million for road improvement and restoration, €1.75million for maintenance, almost €3million which the Council can spend on projects it identifies itself, €2.7million for regional and local roads, €288,000 for safety works and €77,000 to carry out work on speed limits.

Minister O’Donovan said that “This is very welcome news especially at the start of the year. Even though the winter has been very mild so far, and we haven’t had the bad weather of previous years where a lot of damage was causes, we still have a huge amount of work across the county which needs to be done on our roads.”

Patrick O’Donovan welcomed the fact that the allocation includes €428,000 for work on bridges along regional and local roads. This will see work carried out in, Ballingarry, Ardagh, Templeglantine, Tournafulla, Mountcollins, Dromcollogher, Athea and Castlemahon.

“I am delighted that we have been able to see an increase in the allocation for Co. Limerick. This is as a direct result of the improvement in the overall economy. Over the last number of years we had to cut Government spending on roads, and this had a major impact. I am glad now that as we have begun to recover that we can start to increase investment in our regional and local roads.”

“In Co. Limerick there are a massive amount of regional and local roads which our communities across the County depend on and this will make a major difference.”


O’Donovan announces €30 million grant scheme for improved sports facilities and equipment

Added December 21st, 2016

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’ Donovan T.D., has announced today that €30m is being made available under the Sports Capital Programme to develop sports infrastructure around the country. In this regard, online applications will be accepted from the 23rd January to the 24th February, 2017. Clubs not previously registered on the Department’s online application system need to do so in advance of this date and the Ministers encouraged clubs to register now. The guide to making an application was also published on the Department’s Sports Capital Programme website today

The Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan highlighted some of the changes to the terms of the new programme. “The Programme for Government contains the aim of allocating sports capital grants on an annual basis and since being given responsibility for sport, I have been struck by the huge level of interest in the Sports Capital Programme across so many different sporting disciplines. I was determined to make the application process as simple as possible and in this regard we have significantly shortened the application form, issued new guides for completing the form and my Department is also arranging a series of regional workshops in the New Year to assist applicants. The upcoming holiday period provides a good opportunity for clubs to get registered on, familiarise themselves with the guide and undertake any other preparatory work in advance of formally submitting their application”.

Clubs who wish to register on the Department’s online system can do so now at Once registered, all applications must be made on the same website. The system will be open for applications from the 23rd January. A guide to making an application and a link to YouTube video instructions is also available on the website.

O’ Donovan launches the Shannon Estuary Drive

Added December 12th, 2016

Limerick TD and Minister of State for Tourism, Patrick O’Donovan has launched the Shannon Estuary Drive, a new touring route, branching off the Wild Atlantic Way. The route was proposed by Minister O’Donovan and is being developed as part of a new pilot scheme from Fáilte Ireland to encourage visitors to discover the variety of inland visitor experiences as they travel along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Patrick O’Donovan said:

“As the Wild Atlantic Way continues to grow at an enormous rate since its launch, we can now start to develop additional experiences for visitors to enjoy and that is why I am delighted that the Shannon Estuary Drive, here in Limerick and also in Clare is the first of its kind along with a similar route in the Burren. This route will help us to plan for a more even spread of visitors across the Mid-West and the West of Ireland.”

“After I was appointed as Minister I immediately set about to put a plan in place to develop this route. I called together the main tourism interests in Limerick to see how we could make progress by working together. The Shannon Estuary Drive will, when fully developed, see a route provided from Foynes on the Wild Atlantic Way, through Limerick and onwards to Killimer in Clare to join up again with the Wild Atlantic Way.”

The Drive is being developed by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Limerick City & County Council and Clare County Council and regular progress reports are being provided to Minister Patrick O’Donovan in his role as Minister for Tourism.

Speaking today, Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Strategic Development, Orla Carroll emphasised –

“We are working in close partnership with both Clare and Limerick local authorities and will be developing appropriate navigation aids and viewing points which will involve some capital investment for both areas. 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.”


Minister O’Donovan announces Go for Life Grant success for 52 Groups in Limerick

Added December 9th, 2016

The Minister for Tourism & Sport and TD for Limerick County, Patrick O’Donovan has this morning announced national grants totalling almost €300,000 under the Go for Life Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland of which 52 groups in Limerick have been successful.

These grants are aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of older people across the country by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport.  Grant recipients include Active Retirement Groups, ICA guilds, Local Sports Partnerships, Sports Clubs, Family Resources Centres and many others who provide older people with opportunities to get active.

Announcing the successful grantees at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, in Limerick, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD, said:

The National Physical Activity Plan, launched earlier this year, sets an ambitious target to get half a million people more active within ten years. Programmes like Go for Life and the National Grant Scheme will help us reach this target by supporting and empowering older people to get active. The fact that approximately 30,000 people will take part in the activities funded by the grants shows what results can be achieved with a small investment and the record number of applications shows the continued importance of the scheme for local groups throughout the country.’


The successful Limerick groups are: Knocklong ARA, Limerick City ARA, Southill Family Resource Centre FRC, Limerick Regional Probus Club, Caherdavin ICA, Croom Communities in Motion, West Limerick Indoor Bowls, Limerick Federation ICA, Thursday Club (Clarina) ARA, Ballyhoura Development Ltd, Castleconnell ICA, Lansdowne ARA, Ballyagran/Castletown/Colmanswell ARA, ACM Active Social Group Castleconnell, Drombanna ICA, Our Lady Day Care Centre, Ardagh ICA, Limerick Sports Partnership, Abbeyfeale Men’s Shed, Askeaton /Ballysteen ARA, Cappamore ICA, Raheen Co. Limerick ARA, ARA na Féile (Abbeyfeale) ARA, Grange ICA, Southill Dining Club, Ballyhahill/Loughill Going Strong, Limerick Central ARA, St. John’s Senior Citizens Club, (Janesboro) Our Lady, Queen of Peace – Ladies Retired, Kilmallock ARA, Castlemahon ICA, ARRA Friends Newcastle West ARA, Limerick Strand Probus Club, Pallasgreen ICA, Broadford and District ARA, Limerick City ICA, Bothers of Charity Active Retired Group, (Limerick), Castletroy ICA, Adare ARA, Fedamore ICA, Patrickswell ARA, Doon ICA, Dromcollogher & District Respite Care Centre Ltd., Glenroe/Ballyorgan Active Retirement Group, Brothers of Charity, Cluid Housing Association, Limerick Holy Rosary ARA,, Murroe Maria Social Club, St. Mary’s Senior Citizens Club, Bruff Go For Life, Mainistir na Feile ICA

O’Donovan launches €550k Capital Investment Partnership Package

Added December 6th, 2016

The Minister for Tourism & Sport and Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan has launched a capital funding package of €550,000 for Coillte as part of a strategic partnership to boost the tourist experience at a number of the state owned forestry company’s sites and unleash their significant untapped potential for visitors. The announcement was made at the Curraghchase Forest Park, which is one of the six projects that have been selected under this strategic partnership.

This team up with Coillte is the latest in a series of partnerships that Fáilte Ireland is developing with key State agencies and bodies which own and manage attractions and sites that are considered to be of vital importance to tourism. As part of this strategy, Fáilte Ireland is giving capital funding to projects of tourism value as well as providing its considerable expertise in tourism development and marketing.

Announcing the funding, the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD said: “I am delighted to see such joined-up working between two state agencies where the strengths and assets of each are being combined to really provide us with an enhanced visitor experience. In an unpredictable trading environment, there can be no room for complacency in tourism and we have to continually go out there and battle with competing destinations to win more visitors to our shores. Partnerships like this – which will ultimately provide us with more compelling experiences on the ground – help provide the cutting edge we need to compete.”

“I am delighted that Fáilte Ireland have come on board with €550,000 in capital funding to promote the forest parks, this is the initial funding required to design the works and further funding will then be made available from Fáilte Ireland once the works have been designed and costed. We have a massive asset here in Curraghchase, with 1,000 acres of park land, and it is important to promote this asset.”

Minister O’Donovan welcomes €235,000 in CLÁR funding for Limerick Communities

Added December 1st, 2016

The Minister for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD has this morning welcomed the news from Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, that €235,000 has been allocated to 29 Limerick projects under CLÁR 2016. The funding announced this morning is part of the €8.24 million in funding allocated to 651 projects across the country today.

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 community centres and the development of amenities for young people in rural areas. This funding will support these local communities as they look to ensure their children are safe and have recreational amenities available to them in their own communities”.

Glengort Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights Tournafulla National School €2,000.00
Mountcollins Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights Mountcollins National School €2,000.00
Glenagower Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights Athea National School €2,000.00
Ballintober Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights Ashford National School €2,000.00
Dromtrasna Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights Dromtrasna National School €2,000.00
Port Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights Port National School €2,000.00
Caher Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights Meenakilla National School €2,000.00
Feenagh Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights Feenagh National School €2,000.00
Kilmeedy Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights Kilmeedy National School €2,000.00
Glengort Purchase of Child Safety signs Tournafulla National School €1,000.00
Glengort Road markings on approaches to National School Tournafulla National School €2,000.00
Glengort Purchase of Speed Safety signs Tournafulla National School €10,000.00
Dromtrasna Purchase of Speed Safety signs Dromtrasna National School €10,000.00
Ballintober Purchase of Speed Safety signs Ashford National School €10,000.00
Glin Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights Glin National School €2,000.00
Kilfergus Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights Ballygiltenane National School €2,000.00
Glin Purchase of Child Safety signs Glin National School €1,000.00
Kilfergus Purchase of Child Safety signs Ballygiltenane National School €1,000.00
Kilfergus Road markings on approaches to National School Ballygiltenane National School €2,000.00
Kilteely Provision of new pedestrian crossing and road markings Kilteelty National School €18,000.00
Galbally Provision of new pedestrian crossing and road markings Galbally Sports field and school €18,000.00
Kilfinnane Provision of new pedestrian crossing and road markings Kilfinnane Secondary School €18,000.00
Anglesborough Provision of Driver feedback signs and road markings Anglesborough National School €14,000.00
Doon West 450m of 2m wide cycling and walking footpath. Cappamore Village to GAA Pitch €30,000.00
Templebraden Footpaths and road widening measures surrounding the school. Garrydoolis School €30,000.00
Oola Assistance for Oola Community Council who manage the burial ground to resurface the car park Oola Graveyard €30,000.00
Doon South Purchase of Child Safety signs Doon CBS €2,000.00
Doon South Upgrade road markings Doon CBS €2,000.00
Doon South Purchase of Speed Safety signs Doon CBS €14,000.00

My Week in the Dáil – 13th November 2016

Added November 15th, 2016

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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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