Patrick O’Donovan

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Patrick O Donovan said : “Over the last few days several people have contacted me in relation to the opening of churches, particularly around the issue of 50 people per church regardless of size. They have contrasted some of our large churches with seating capacity of over one thousand to smaller ones with maybe enough seats for two hundred, yet the same rules apply,” External link

limerickleader Friday, June 26, 2020 11:31:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Team ) : “Both understood the issue, and both said it is the correct course of action for the National Public Health Emergency Team to look at the issue. I hope that there will be early clarification for the various denominations soon, so that when they reopen they can take particular size and context of their church into consideration,” External link

limerickleader Friday, June 26, 2020 11:31:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Michael Ring ) : “Minister Ring said there is, ‘No new policy and herd numbers are not required’. I am very annoyed that the council allowed that misrepresentation of what the government is trying to do. I think the council needs to reflect on the reply I have gotten from Minister Ring - adjust their application process accordingly and clarify that the process they introduced was not appropriate. "I think they owe councillors and the public an explanation because the government position was misrepresented to the tune that they were suggesting a new policy was being introduced and it wasn't,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 22, 2020 7:36:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “These would be the very same councillors advising people, and rightly so, to avail of the LIS. I am glad as well that the department in their clarification has said that the scheme is not just available to agricultural land holdings as we typically know it. It is also available to people who harvest turf for commercial purposes. It is available to community groups and church organisations,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 22, 2020 7:36:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concluded : “There is this growing view that national and regional roads are the important ones. Most of the people I represent travel on local roads and minor roads and they are every bit as entitled to have their roads maintained as the people on national and regional roads,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 22, 2020 7:36:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “He is hugely respected. Even after retiring he would be well known in the town as he walks the street every day, he went to the Demesne most days before lockdown and he drove Chris to Mass. The two of them have had a very nice life. Chris used to work on the street as well in Phelan’s hardware shop,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 15, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I think it is just unbelievable that Sean was born prior to the War of Independence. He has lived through every government of Ireland. He was 19 when the second World War broke out. It is remarkable,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 15, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Pat Daly ) : “Through meetings with local groups and the council I impressed upon the former council CEO Conn Murray, and the current one, Pat Daly, that buying the Ardagh station is the right thing to do for the overall development of the Greenway,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 1, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I believe that we can have an attraction here similar to, if not better than, the Waterford Greenway, and that's what I'm focussed on for this,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 1, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Nora had great friends. I don’t think there was a person alive who would have a bad word to say about Nora Enright. The best legacy you can leave in this life is that you leave with the turnout of warmth she had on Sunday,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, May 31, 2020 4:31:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “She made an indelible mark in Newcastle West and surrounding areas. She will be really missed. Those of us who were fortunate enough to know her would call it a privilege,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, May 31, 2020 4:31:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “His heart was in the community. His heart wasn't in political argy bargy. His heart was in trying to do his best by the community,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I would count Timmy as a very good friend. I'm just shocked. I will miss him big time. He is a good friend and a good friend is gone. He exuded decency,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I think that is the greatest legacy you can have in this life. Timmy’s journey here is over but I'm sure if they are voting somewhere else Timmy is putting up posters and handing out leaflets. Future elections won’t be the same without him,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I have had a number of incidences now of people both with Covid and non Covid deaths. The families will tell you the loss is terrible but it is matched by the fact that they don’t have what we are used to in rural areas with the encapsulation by the community. Where the community wraps its arms around the individual,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, May 3, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Decisions that the government made in making sure our finances were sound, and brought in measures that were identified as Brexit measures in the event of no deal Brexit, have now led to a situation where we are able to borrow" External link

irishmirror Thursday, April 23, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "The reality is that the quicker we are able to make sure that the linkages between people at work and the sustainability of that, while taking advice from public health and allowing the economy to gradually begin to awaken again will allow us to get through a situation where the Department of Finance forecast that we will get the situation more under control next year" External link

irishmirror Thursday, April 23, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “Minister Humphreys has also increased support for two trading online initiatives to a total of €7.6 million – the first for small businesses in partnership with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD, and the second for retailers with over 10 employees” External link

limerickleader Sunday, April 19, 2020 2:52:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I have been engaged with the council over a long period of time to try and make sure that it happened. I have had umpteen people on a regular basis contact me because they are very concerned over the state of the junction. You are taking your life in your own hands trying to cross the road,” External link

limerickleader Monday, March 9, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is an important stage but ultimately what people are looking to now is diggers on the ground to see the actual construction phase starting,” External link

limerickleader Monday, March 9, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I cannot recall a time where this has occurred before,” “It is quite unprecedented for a member of Dáil Éireann to make such a remark about the head of An Garda Síochána and to say he is operating on this basis. Sinn Féin needs to disassociate themselves from that comment and Deputy Tully needs to disassociate herself from those comments” External link

finegael Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Sinn Féin say they want change and want to be part of Irish Government. They have a few questions to answer first when it comes to this country and how this State works,” External link

finegael Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concluded : “People deserve to know where they really stand when it comes to a SF-FF coalition, especially in light of what we have learned about the undemocratic and worrisome way SF continue to conduct their business,” External link

finegael Tuesday, January 28, 2020 4:06:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “I have made a formal complaint to the gardai,” External link

limerickleader Friday, January 24, 2020 12:59:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Now is time for Micheál Martin and Jim O’Callaghan to come out and publicly confirm the timeline behind commissioning and receiving this legal advice,” External link

finegael Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:02:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I am delighted to have been able to deliver this funding to Limerick as the local Minister. These are projects that I led as Minister for Sport. I worked with Limerick City and County Council from the very start to get both of these commenced and I'm delighted now to see them move on," "Both of these are being funded by my department, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform through Project Ireland 2040, so to have such a massive investment as this come to Limerick is just fantastic," External link

limerickleader Friday, January 10, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The most important thing we need to do is to find out what is public service broadcasting, and who does it? I think that a variety of different platforms are now doing public service broadcasting, not just RTE,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, December 28, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I don’t know when he was in Leinster House or what he was doing in Leinster House,” “If there is any issue in relation to sailing close to the wind, then I think he should probably look to see is there reimbursement that can be done” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The most positive thing here is that the decision has been made, and has been made after intensive lobbying by myself both in the Department of Transport and in the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure,” External link

limerickleader Friday, November 8, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan responded : "You'll have to ask a Cabinet source" External link

limerickleader Sunday, November 3, 2019 2:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan asked : “It is a major road safety issue. I am calling again for this to addressed. Whatever solution is put in place it needs to be moved on. Who is going to take responsibility for the next fatality at the cross if nothing is done?” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “When I saw that I was livid. The same ballot boxes come out of Bruree for the Dail as do they for the council. The money has been provided by the Department of Transport. I know it is the council’s responsibility to do the planning but it is also the council’s responsibility to get on with it. That is why I am calling on them as a public representative to get on with it,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The fact that I am not a councillor, to be quite honest about it, is irrelevant. I was a member of the local authority for long enough to know how it works and how it doesn’t work,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I am calling on the council management to make a decision and get on with it. I really don’t have any hard and fast view as to how many legs it should have but what I do know is what is there at the moment is completely and utterly unsatisfactory and it is putting an unnecessary risk to road users,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Frontline staff are of course key to a good health service, and we discussed the need for extra nurses,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:04:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan explained : “She used to go into the tunnel to light the paraffin lamps,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, September 22, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “That was something that they could only have dreamt of in the early days of the twentieth century, and as the Government minister in their native county I was proud to be there,” External link

limerickleader Monday, September 16, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It was from people in Bruree, south, west and east Limerick and the city who use that cross every single day. The sooner O’Rourke’s Cross becomes O’Rourke’s roundabout the better,” External link

limerickleader Friday, September 6, 2019 10:05:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “After what the Limerick Leader reported we had sentiments and comments like this sent in to us and calls made to my office. They all expressed a sense of frustration and annoyance at the pace of delivery of these badly needed works. This is one of the busiest interchanges in Limerick, the junction of two of our major arteries in the county. I have written again to the chief executive of the council asking that the issue be examined with a view to making sure that what ever needs to happen to make the junction safe takes place as soon as possible,” External link

limerickleader Friday, September 6, 2019 10:05:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It is a very busy main artery through the county. The council is very favourably disposed to carrying out works. I intend to meet them again,” External link

limerickleader Monday, August 26, 2019 10:16:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is fantastic news for the management and teachers in the school but more importantly for the students,” “These facilities will also compliment the facilities and resources that are in the other secondary school in the town, the Desmond College” External link

limerickleader Friday, August 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “With a television audience of close to a billion people, the Ryder Cup gives Limerick and Ireland a platform to showcase what is great about our county and country, and an opportunity for us to show the world the unique tourism offerings of the Mid-West of Ireland” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, August 6, 2019 4:28:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I challenged them before and I am challenging them again now to name the projects they would take out,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, August 1, 2019 4:53:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Kevin Boxer Moran ) : “Minister Moran committed to us when he visited Newcastle West and saw the condition of the Station that he would progress the project,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, July 21, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It was brought up at several houses with me that some people canvassing were saying, ‘This thing will never happen and they are not committed to it’,” External link

limerickleader Monday, July 15, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It is something since I was elected as a Dail deputy that I’ve been trying to push for. This is confirmation that will really be welcomed by the residents locally and road users,” External link

limerickleader Monday, July 15, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There is a planning process there. Local engagement has been important but from my point of view the most important element is the safety element of it and its strategic position in the centre of the county,” External link

limerickleader Monday, July 15, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is a very special night for the community here in Foynes and for everybody associated with the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum,” “This is part of our heritage, not only of Foynes and surrounding parishes but it is part of the heritage of Co Limerick and of the Shannon Estuary” External link

limerickleader Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:51:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “The significant investments associated with the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund and the Future Jobs Ireland programme demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that Ireland remains among the global leaders in innovation” External link

siliconrepublic Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:28:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan asked : “Do our local Green Party representatives stand over these Dublin-centric assertions? They need to make it clear if they are behind their party leader’s policy objective with absolutely zero regard for how it will affect commuters and enterprise in the Mid-West” “Are the Green Party willing to abandon rural Ireland and connecting smaller cities, rural towns and communities,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, July 2, 2019 3:57:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Eamon Ryan ) : “Fine Gael is committed to balanced and sustainable development for every community across the country. Eamon Ryan has made it clear he wants to prioritise urban areas only. We, as a Government, want the population of Limerick to grow by at least 50% by 2040. The importance of the M20 as a potential driver of economic growth cannot be underestimated” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, July 2, 2019 3:57:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Flash flooding has been an intermittent but serious issue for the town of Foynes,” External link

limerickleader Monday, July 1, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “It therefore became clear to me that the best course of action was to invite all of the bodies to meet so that a cohesive plan could be put in place, that would see all public bodies working together,” External link

limerickleader Monday, July 1, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Added to this is their bid to reprioritise the national development plan which will mean that major transport projects, to aid commuters, business and tourism, will be delayed or halted by Fianna Fáil,” External link

finegael Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan asked : “If Fianna Fáil return to Government, which of our crucial road projects will they cancel” External link

finegael Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:40:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I can confirm that a new round of the Sports Capital Programme will open for applications again later this year, which is further good news for all involved in sport,” External link

limerickleader Monday, May 27, 2019 12:16:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This Government is investing in all sporting facilities across the country. Be it team sports or individuals participating, we are fully behind them and will continue to support all involved in sport whether they are players or volunteers working hard behind the scenes,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “In fact, since I was elected, a total of €763,000 has been made available to projects in Newcastle West. The town has also benefited from the €3.72 million funding allocated to the Great Southern Greenway which runs through its centre,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, May 19, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Paschal Donohoe ) : “Paschal Donohoe has made it clear that any increases would be modest, fair, and affordable,” External link

irishexaminer Friday, April 19, 2019 8:44:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It was intended to be offensive but I didn’t take offence,” External link

limerickleader Friday, April 19, 2019 1:20:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There is huge potential for the Great Southern Greenway to become one of the leading greenways in Ireland and one of the greatest contributors to tourism and the economy in county Limerick,” “We have seen the success of the Great Western Greenway in Mayo and the Waterford Greenway, with the latter opening up the towns and villages along its route to new customers and visitors every week. It has also made a huge difference to the town of Dungarven and city of Waterford,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, April 13, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The Taosieach really lead the government's response to the potential job losses at Aughinish. So he wanted to go down there and meet the management and staff face to face. He wanted to see the plant first hand,” “Both the management and staff were very receptive to his visit,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, April 13, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “that this is funding will go a long way towards the modernisation and improving safety on the pier” External link

limerickleader Friday, April 5, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The allocation will allow for works that will channel the water away from the road to the river,” External link

limerickleader Friday, April 5, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Every person in the country is practically talking about Brexit, it is up there with the weather, so it is very important that the 42,000 odd companies would engage with Revenue" External link

RTERadio Thursday, April 4, 2019 8:05:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Every person in the country is practically talking about Brexit, it is up there with the weather, so it is very important that the 42,000 odd companies would engage with Revenue" External link

RTERadio Thursday, April 4, 2019 4:56:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “Hosting such a major event demonstrates the positive impact that successful Enterprise Ireland client companies can bring to overseas markets as they grow their global reach. I applaud Anam Asia for their leadership initiative in bringing such a prestigious industry event here to Kuala Lumpur,” External link

kualalumpurtimes Sunday, March 31, 2019 7:56:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Since the foundation of this State, one thing we’ve always had are independent police. I think we should withdraw them [the comments], yes,” External link

carlow-nationalist Sunday, March 31, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “Hosting such a major event demonstrates the positive impact that successful Enterprise Ireland client companies can bring to overseas markets as they grow their global reach. I applaud Anam Asia for their leadership initiative in bringing such a prestigious industry event here to Kuala Lumpur,” External link

siliconrepublic Wednesday, March 27, 2019 4:06:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “Hosting such a major event demonstrates the positive impact that successful Enterprise Ireland client companies can bring to overseas markets, as they grow their global reach. I applaud Anam Asia for their leadership initiative in bringing such a prestigious industry event here to Kuala Lumpur,” External link

siliconrepublic Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:42:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “She arrived in Malaysia to set up village schools in the aftermath of the Second World War, founding Assunta primary and secondary schools in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, in 1958,” External link

limerickleader Friday, March 22, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “Our focus though has always been on protecting Aughinish Alumina and we hope that the vote tonight ensures that the firm can shortly return to full business-as-usual,” External link

finegael Thursday, January 24, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “Our focus though has always been on protecting Aughinish Alumina and we hope that the vote tonight ensures that the firm can shortly return to full business-as-usual,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, January 17, 2019 1:53:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan acknowledged : “we are now into the crucial stage” External link

limerickleader Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:01:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "This is a great step forward for the public service and will ensure that we do not prematurely lose the wealth of experience built up in the public service" External link

herald-ie Thursday, December 27, 2018 5:44:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "This is a great step forward for the public service and will ensure that we do not prematurely lose the wealth of experience built up in the public service" External link

independent-ie Wednesday, December 26, 2018 6:51:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I am very happy with the way the embassy is dealing with it but we are not leaving anything to chance,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, December 13, 2018 5:40:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “we’re in unprecedented times. No one knows the next twist or turn in the road. It’s very important that we give the country a sense of security” External link

eecho Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:27:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “we’re in unprecedented times. No one knows the next twist or turn in the road. It’s very important that we give the country a sense of security” External link

beat102103 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:19:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “we’re in unprecedented times. No one knows the next twist or turn in the road. It’s very important that we give the country a sense of security” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “we’re in unprecedented times. No one knows the next twist or turn in the road. It’s very important that we give the country a sense of security” External link

eecho Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:21:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "And indeed until such time as they do I have a difficulty with people suggesting they would be fit to govern. And I don’t differentiate between atrocities," "Whether it’s Enniskillen, Omagh, Dublin-Monaghan. All of the victims, whether it’s dead gardai, or dead members of the prison service, their families have a right to know what happened and who carried them out" External link

belfasttelegraph Tuesday, August 29, 2017 2:08:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Have they or the McCabes ever had proper reconciliation? I don't think so," External link

belfasttelegraph Tuesday, August 29, 2017 2:08:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told ( about Jerry McCabe ) : “I, and so many other people in Limerick will always remember where we were the day Jerry McCabe was murdered,” External link

thejournal Monday, August 28, 2017 10:49:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "The people I have met during the summer, at agricultural shows and other events - the farmers and fishermen and ordinary decent Fianna Fail people - this is something has really concerned them. It has worried Fianna Fail people who don't want to have any truck with Sinn Fein," External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, August 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “We want to grow that market, and that’s why new (transatlantic) routes Shannon and Dublin, and even Cork now with a transatlantic route, is going to play a major role in the development of tourism,” External link

carlow-nationalist Monday, March 6, 2017 10:42:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "We want to grow that market, and that's why new (transatlantic) routes Shannon and Dublin, and even Cork now with a transatlantic route, is going to play a major role in the development of tourism," External link

breakingnews-ie Monday, March 6, 2017 9:26:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “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” External link

dublinpeople Saturday, January 14, 2017 7:33:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It [strict term limits for those in senior positions] is in every sporting organisations’ interests, the same thing happens in every other organisation,” External link

irishexaminer Monday, January 9, 2017 6:17:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I hear an awful lot of it, in terms of young fellas I see at home, they get wound up inside of it and they can’t get out of it. I don’t know how much of it is betting on themselves or betting against themselves, but look, we’ve had a couple of high-profile people who’ve come out and spoken about their experiences, and they’re harrowing. Society is going to have to come to terms with this,” External link

irishexaminer Saturday, December 24, 2016 5:38:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Tourism Ireland ) : "As the Wild Atlantic Way continues to grow three years since its launch, we can now start to develop additional experiences for visitors to enjoy and, vitally, through initiatives like this we can start to plan for a more even spread of visitors across the West of Ireland" External link

newstalk Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:39:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “One element which has been raised continuously with me by women and others involved in sport is the gap at the top of Irish sport about how women are empowered” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:29:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “This is an opportunity where we can provide real icons off the field for the next generation to emulate” External link

thejournal Monday, December 12, 2016 2:05:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I have spoken to the Taoiseach, who is right up to speed with what I'm trying to do. It is something that I believe is important and now is the right time to have this conversation," "This is not about trying to dictate in terms of boards. But everybody must have the opportunity to play a full role in Irish sport, both on the field but also in positions of governance and leadership," External link

independent-ie Monday, December 12, 2016 6:03:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “there is no crock of gold at the end of the rainbow” External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:23:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There is a finite amount of money, there are competing demands,” “There is no additional money there and we have to work within the confines of what we have available to us, we have to work within the confines of the existing agreement” External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:23:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Anthony Foley ) : "Anthony will be very fondly remembered for the joy and pleasure that he brought to the people of Limerick, Munster and Ireland" External link

RTERadio Monday, October 17, 2016 12:07:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Anthony Foley ) : "Anthony will be very fondly remembered for the joy and pleasure that he brought to the people of Limerick, Munster and Ireland" External link

RTERadio Sunday, October 16, 2016 7:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "The establishment of the Limerick Twenty Thirty company to create world-class commercial, retail, enterprise, and education facilities, as well as residential space, will take Limerick a city already on the up to new heights. The fact that it is plan-led, as distinct from developer-led, will mean the city and county are planned strategically and that the infrastructure and investment is exactly what Limerick needs" External link

newstalk Monday, September 19, 2016 3:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "The loss of any life is a time of great sadness but when a person of such great promise and so young passes it is a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and the rowing community during this difficult time" External link

independent-ie Friday, September 9, 2016 11:37:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "This report reaffirms the key role that SFPC and the estuary plays in the national economy," "It will, no doubt, catch some people by surprise as the scale of that contribution was largely unknown until now, except to the port authority itself. Shannon Foynes Port Company is one of few companies that is now outpacing growth achieved at the height of the economic boom, with very substantial benefit to the region and nation" External link

independent-ie-regional Saturday, September 3, 2016 2:09:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added ( about Robbie Keane ) : “Robbie is an inspiration for young sports people, and we are all so proud of what he has done. His remarkable scoring record may never be matched, and he has scored some very special goals. His impact can’t be overstated and he was still someone the squad looked up to during European Championships. He has done the whole country proud and I am sure a big crowd will turn out at the Aviva Stadium next week to wish him well” External link

dublinpeople Thursday, August 25, 2016 3:32:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "We would fully expect that from now anybody who has any knowledge or any interest in this investigation would fully co-operate with it. We're not of a mind to be naming individuals," External link

independent-ie Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:56:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "There's going to be no limit and no boundaries put on him" External link

independent-ie Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:56:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “If this goes beyond the 12-week period we’re in a position to say to the judge, there is no limit of time or boundaries” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, August 25, 2016 3:36:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “We have kept open the option of going further if we need to, but in the first instance we are anxious to get this inquiry up and running,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:54:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “We have kept open the option of going further if we need to, but in the first instance we are anxious to get this inquiry up and running,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:47:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "As a department, while we don't have a direct role in the governance of individual bodies, we do have a funding role," External link

herald-ie Monday, August 15, 2016 5:56:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "As a department, while we don't have a direct role in the governance of individual bodies, we do have a funding role," External link

independent-ie Monday, August 15, 2016 5:08:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : "If someone has a problem with our position on doping, then tough, it will not be watered down," External link

independent-ie Saturday, August 13, 2016 5:48:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "The wealth of the variety of our visitor attractions, whether free or fee-paying, plays a significant part in adding to the positive experiences enjoyed by tourists when in Ireland" External link

newstalk Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:46:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "We're encouraging people to enjoy themselves but be vigilant and to work with the French security forces and to cooperate with the authorities while they're in France," "These tournaments and events are an integral part of what it is to be European. I think every effort needs to be made by Europe across borders to make sure that we protect our citizens, but also that we allow our citizens to enjoy the sporting activities that they've become used to" External link

herald-ie Tuesday, June 7, 2016 5:46:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "We want to deepen visitor engagement and encourage those who travel along the route to slow down, dwell longer and immerse themselves in the local towns and villages of the west coast. The local Post Office is at the heart of these communities" External link

newstalk Friday, June 3, 2016 6:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan asked : “Why did they get so tetchy about this?” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 28, 2015 12:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I know where the money that funds the Fine Gael party comes from, everybody knows where it comes from. Everybody knows where the funds for Fianna Fail and the Labour Party comes from but there are strong question marks over other political parties” External link

independent-ie Monday, February 23, 2015 7:45:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Aer Lingus tomorrow morning could decide they were going to operate a New York-Heathrow or a Sydney-Heathrow route and there is absolutely nothing anybody can do about it, as we saw before in 2007 when they took them out of Shannon. So the government position in this is very weak and it is about making sure that however weak that position is, that it is maximised to best effect for the economy and the region,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:39:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I can understand the concern and it is a concern for me myself as I’m from the region. But I think there is a bit to play out in this yet and I don’t think we are anywhere near a handshake” External link

limerickleader Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:39:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I am stunned that you are just relying on the public to rung up and complain" External link

RTERadio Wednesday, February 18, 2015 2:53:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “As the economic recovery takes hold the Government is in a stronger position to invest in our infrastructure. In a rural county like Limerick, it is vital that we maintain a safe and good road network. This investment from the Minister is critical to that and I know will be very welcome in the communities across Limerick that will see improvements on their road network,” “Through my membership of the Oireachtas Transport Committee and in my regular meetings with the Minister for Transport I will continue to remind the Minister of the road projects in County Limerick that I want to see prioritised,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, February 8, 2015 12:32:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is an important piece of legislation dealing with the redrawing of constituencies for the upcoming European elections, yet not one member of the Opposition saw fit to show up” External link

thejournal Friday, January 30, 2015 5:27:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister58.27%EN10/19/201719/10/2017
tourism minister4.72%EN10/02/201702/10/2017
minister for tourism1.57%EN07/10/201710/07/2017
minister for sport1.57%EN05/31/201731/05/2017
minister for tourism and sport1.57%EN05/17/201717/05/2017
sports minister18.11%EN02/22/201722/02/2017
deputy8.66%EN02/16/201716/02/2017
minister of sport0.79%EN01/28/201728/01/2017
minister for transport tourism and sport1.57%EN01/26/201726/01/2017
sport minister1.57%EN01/25/201725/01/2017
sport and tourism minister0.79%EN07/27/201627/07/2016
chairman0.79%EN12/07/201307/12/2013
Names Lang Count
Patrick O'DonovanEN51.17%
Patrick O’DonovanEN48.56%
Patrick O'DonovanFR0.26%


 
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Patrick O Donovan said : “Over the last few days several people have contacted me in relation to the opening of churches, particularly around the issue of 50 people per church regardless of size. They have contrasted some of our large churches with seating capacity of over one thousand to smaller ones with maybe enough seats for two hundred, yet the same rules apply,” External link

limerickleader Friday, June 26, 2020 11:31:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Team ) : “Both understood the issue, and both said it is the correct course of action for the National Public Health Emergency Team to look at the issue. I hope that there will be early clarification for the various denominations soon, so that when they reopen they can take particular size and context of their church into consideration,” External link

limerickleader Friday, June 26, 2020 11:31:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Michael Ring ) : “Minister Ring said there is, ‘No new policy and herd numbers are not required’. I am very annoyed that the council allowed that misrepresentation of what the government is trying to do. I think the council needs to reflect on the reply I have gotten from Minister Ring - adjust their application process accordingly and clarify that the process they introduced was not appropriate. "I think they owe councillors and the public an explanation because the government position was misrepresented to the tune that they were suggesting a new policy was being introduced and it wasn't,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 22, 2020 7:36:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “These would be the very same councillors advising people, and rightly so, to avail of the LIS. I am glad as well that the department in their clarification has said that the scheme is not just available to agricultural land holdings as we typically know it. It is also available to people who harvest turf for commercial purposes. It is available to community groups and church organisations,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 22, 2020 7:36:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concluded : “There is this growing view that national and regional roads are the important ones. Most of the people I represent travel on local roads and minor roads and they are every bit as entitled to have their roads maintained as the people on national and regional roads,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 22, 2020 7:36:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “He is hugely respected. Even after retiring he would be well known in the town as he walks the street every day, he went to the Demesne most days before lockdown and he drove Chris to Mass. The two of them have had a very nice life. Chris used to work on the street as well in Phelan’s hardware shop,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 15, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I think it is just unbelievable that Sean was born prior to the War of Independence. He has lived through every government of Ireland. He was 19 when the second World War broke out. It is remarkable,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 15, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Pat Daly ) : “Through meetings with local groups and the council I impressed upon the former council CEO Conn Murray, and the current one, Pat Daly, that buying the Ardagh station is the right thing to do for the overall development of the Greenway,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 1, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I believe that we can have an attraction here similar to, if not better than, the Waterford Greenway, and that's what I'm focussed on for this,” External link

limerickleader Monday, June 1, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Nora had great friends. I don’t think there was a person alive who would have a bad word to say about Nora Enright. The best legacy you can leave in this life is that you leave with the turnout of warmth she had on Sunday,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, May 31, 2020 4:31:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “She made an indelible mark in Newcastle West and surrounding areas. She will be really missed. Those of us who were fortunate enough to know her would call it a privilege,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, May 31, 2020 4:31:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “His heart was in the community. His heart wasn't in political argy bargy. His heart was in trying to do his best by the community,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I would count Timmy as a very good friend. I'm just shocked. I will miss him big time. He is a good friend and a good friend is gone. He exuded decency,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I think that is the greatest legacy you can have in this life. Timmy’s journey here is over but I'm sure if they are voting somewhere else Timmy is putting up posters and handing out leaflets. Future elections won’t be the same without him,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I have had a number of incidences now of people both with Covid and non Covid deaths. The families will tell you the loss is terrible but it is matched by the fact that they don’t have what we are used to in rural areas with the encapsulation by the community. Where the community wraps its arms around the individual,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, May 3, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Decisions that the government made in making sure our finances were sound, and brought in measures that were identified as Brexit measures in the event of no deal Brexit, have now led to a situation where we are able to borrow" External link

irishmirror Thursday, April 23, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "The reality is that the quicker we are able to make sure that the linkages between people at work and the sustainability of that, while taking advice from public health and allowing the economy to gradually begin to awaken again will allow us to get through a situation where the Department of Finance forecast that we will get the situation more under control next year" External link

irishmirror Thursday, April 23, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “Minister Humphreys has also increased support for two trading online initiatives to a total of €7.6 million – the first for small businesses in partnership with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD, and the second for retailers with over 10 employees” External link

limerickleader Sunday, April 19, 2020 2:52:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I have been engaged with the council over a long period of time to try and make sure that it happened. I have had umpteen people on a regular basis contact me because they are very concerned over the state of the junction. You are taking your life in your own hands trying to cross the road,” External link

limerickleader Monday, March 9, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is an important stage but ultimately what people are looking to now is diggers on the ground to see the actual construction phase starting,” External link

limerickleader Monday, March 9, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I cannot recall a time where this has occurred before,” “It is quite unprecedented for a member of Dáil Éireann to make such a remark about the head of An Garda Síochána and to say he is operating on this basis. Sinn Féin needs to disassociate themselves from that comment and Deputy Tully needs to disassociate herself from those comments” External link

finegael Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Sinn Féin say they want change and want to be part of Irish Government. They have a few questions to answer first when it comes to this country and how this State works,” External link

finegael Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concluded : “People deserve to know where they really stand when it comes to a SF-FF coalition, especially in light of what we have learned about the undemocratic and worrisome way SF continue to conduct their business,” External link

finegael Tuesday, January 28, 2020 4:06:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “I have made a formal complaint to the gardai,” External link

limerickleader Friday, January 24, 2020 12:59:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Now is time for Micheál Martin and Jim O’Callaghan to come out and publicly confirm the timeline behind commissioning and receiving this legal advice,” External link

finegael Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:02:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I am delighted to have been able to deliver this funding to Limerick as the local Minister. These are projects that I led as Minister for Sport. I worked with Limerick City and County Council from the very start to get both of these commenced and I'm delighted now to see them move on," "Both of these are being funded by my department, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform through Project Ireland 2040, so to have such a massive investment as this come to Limerick is just fantastic," External link

limerickleader Friday, January 10, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The most important thing we need to do is to find out what is public service broadcasting, and who does it? I think that a variety of different platforms are now doing public service broadcasting, not just RTE,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, December 28, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I don’t know when he was in Leinster House or what he was doing in Leinster House,” “If there is any issue in relation to sailing close to the wind, then I think he should probably look to see is there reimbursement that can be done” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The most positive thing here is that the decision has been made, and has been made after intensive lobbying by myself both in the Department of Transport and in the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure,” External link

limerickleader Friday, November 8, 2019 6:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan responded : "You'll have to ask a Cabinet source" External link

limerickleader Sunday, November 3, 2019 2:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan asked : “It is a major road safety issue. I am calling again for this to addressed. Whatever solution is put in place it needs to be moved on. Who is going to take responsibility for the next fatality at the cross if nothing is done?” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “When I saw that I was livid. The same ballot boxes come out of Bruree for the Dail as do they for the council. The money has been provided by the Department of Transport. I know it is the council’s responsibility to do the planning but it is also the council’s responsibility to get on with it. That is why I am calling on them as a public representative to get on with it,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The fact that I am not a councillor, to be quite honest about it, is irrelevant. I was a member of the local authority for long enough to know how it works and how it doesn’t work,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I am calling on the council management to make a decision and get on with it. I really don’t have any hard and fast view as to how many legs it should have but what I do know is what is there at the moment is completely and utterly unsatisfactory and it is putting an unnecessary risk to road users,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Frontline staff are of course key to a good health service, and we discussed the need for extra nurses,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:04:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan explained : “She used to go into the tunnel to light the paraffin lamps,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, September 22, 2019 11:15:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “That was something that they could only have dreamt of in the early days of the twentieth century, and as the Government minister in their native county I was proud to be there,” External link

limerickleader Monday, September 16, 2019 1:53:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It was from people in Bruree, south, west and east Limerick and the city who use that cross every single day. The sooner O’Rourke’s Cross becomes O’Rourke’s roundabout the better,” External link

limerickleader Friday, September 6, 2019 10:05:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “After what the Limerick Leader reported we had sentiments and comments like this sent in to us and calls made to my office. They all expressed a sense of frustration and annoyance at the pace of delivery of these badly needed works. This is one of the busiest interchanges in Limerick, the junction of two of our major arteries in the county. I have written again to the chief executive of the council asking that the issue be examined with a view to making sure that what ever needs to happen to make the junction safe takes place as soon as possible,” External link

limerickleader Friday, September 6, 2019 10:05:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It is a very busy main artery through the county. The council is very favourably disposed to carrying out works. I intend to meet them again,” External link

limerickleader Monday, August 26, 2019 10:16:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is fantastic news for the management and teachers in the school but more importantly for the students,” “These facilities will also compliment the facilities and resources that are in the other secondary school in the town, the Desmond College” External link

limerickleader Friday, August 9, 2019 2:28:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “With a television audience of close to a billion people, the Ryder Cup gives Limerick and Ireland a platform to showcase what is great about our county and country, and an opportunity for us to show the world the unique tourism offerings of the Mid-West of Ireland” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, August 6, 2019 4:28:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I challenged them before and I am challenging them again now to name the projects they would take out,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, August 1, 2019 4:53:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Kevin Boxer Moran ) : “Minister Moran committed to us when he visited Newcastle West and saw the condition of the Station that he would progress the project,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, July 21, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It was brought up at several houses with me that some people canvassing were saying, ‘This thing will never happen and they are not committed to it’,” External link

limerickleader Monday, July 15, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It is something since I was elected as a Dail deputy that I’ve been trying to push for. This is confirmation that will really be welcomed by the residents locally and road users,” External link

limerickleader Monday, July 15, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There is a planning process there. Local engagement has been important but from my point of view the most important element is the safety element of it and its strategic position in the centre of the county,” External link

limerickleader Monday, July 15, 2019 9:40:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is a very special night for the community here in Foynes and for everybody associated with the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum,” “This is part of our heritage, not only of Foynes and surrounding parishes but it is part of the heritage of Co Limerick and of the Shannon Estuary” External link

limerickleader Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:51:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “The significant investments associated with the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund and the Future Jobs Ireland programme demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that Ireland remains among the global leaders in innovation” External link

siliconrepublic Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:28:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan asked : “Do our local Green Party representatives stand over these Dublin-centric assertions? They need to make it clear if they are behind their party leader’s policy objective with absolutely zero regard for how it will affect commuters and enterprise in the Mid-West” “Are the Green Party willing to abandon rural Ireland and connecting smaller cities, rural towns and communities,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, July 2, 2019 3:57:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Eamon Ryan ) : “Fine Gael is committed to balanced and sustainable development for every community across the country. Eamon Ryan has made it clear he wants to prioritise urban areas only. We, as a Government, want the population of Limerick to grow by at least 50% by 2040. The importance of the M20 as a potential driver of economic growth cannot be underestimated” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, July 2, 2019 3:57:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Flash flooding has been an intermittent but serious issue for the town of Foynes,” External link

limerickleader Monday, July 1, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “It therefore became clear to me that the best course of action was to invite all of the bodies to meet so that a cohesive plan could be put in place, that would see all public bodies working together,” External link

limerickleader Monday, July 1, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Added to this is their bid to reprioritise the national development plan which will mean that major transport projects, to aid commuters, business and tourism, will be delayed or halted by Fianna Fáil,” External link

finegael Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan asked : “If Fianna Fáil return to Government, which of our crucial road projects will they cancel” External link

finegael Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:40:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I can confirm that a new round of the Sports Capital Programme will open for applications again later this year, which is further good news for all involved in sport,” External link

limerickleader Monday, May 27, 2019 12:16:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This Government is investing in all sporting facilities across the country. Be it team sports or individuals participating, we are fully behind them and will continue to support all involved in sport whether they are players or volunteers working hard behind the scenes,” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “In fact, since I was elected, a total of €763,000 has been made available to projects in Newcastle West. The town has also benefited from the €3.72 million funding allocated to the Great Southern Greenway which runs through its centre,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, May 19, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Paschal Donohoe ) : “Paschal Donohoe has made it clear that any increases would be modest, fair, and affordable,” External link

irishexaminer Friday, April 19, 2019 8:44:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It was intended to be offensive but I didn’t take offence,” External link

limerickleader Friday, April 19, 2019 1:20:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There is huge potential for the Great Southern Greenway to become one of the leading greenways in Ireland and one of the greatest contributors to tourism and the economy in county Limerick,” “We have seen the success of the Great Western Greenway in Mayo and the Waterford Greenway, with the latter opening up the towns and villages along its route to new customers and visitors every week. It has also made a huge difference to the town of Dungarven and city of Waterford,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, April 13, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The Taosieach really lead the government's response to the potential job losses at Aughinish. So he wanted to go down there and meet the management and staff face to face. He wanted to see the plant first hand,” “Both the management and staff were very receptive to his visit,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, April 13, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “that this is funding will go a long way towards the modernisation and improving safety on the pier” External link

limerickleader Friday, April 5, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The allocation will allow for works that will channel the water away from the road to the river,” External link

limerickleader Friday, April 5, 2019 7:12:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Every person in the country is practically talking about Brexit, it is up there with the weather, so it is very important that the 42,000 odd companies would engage with Revenue" External link

RTERadio Thursday, April 4, 2019 8:05:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Every person in the country is practically talking about Brexit, it is up there with the weather, so it is very important that the 42,000 odd companies would engage with Revenue" External link

RTERadio Thursday, April 4, 2019 4:56:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “Hosting such a major event demonstrates the positive impact that successful Enterprise Ireland client companies can bring to overseas markets as they grow their global reach. I applaud Anam Asia for their leadership initiative in bringing such a prestigious industry event here to Kuala Lumpur,” External link

kualalumpurtimes Sunday, March 31, 2019 7:56:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Since the foundation of this State, one thing we’ve always had are independent police. I think we should withdraw them [the comments], yes,” External link

carlow-nationalist Sunday, March 31, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “Hosting such a major event demonstrates the positive impact that successful Enterprise Ireland client companies can bring to overseas markets as they grow their global reach. I applaud Anam Asia for their leadership initiative in bringing such a prestigious industry event here to Kuala Lumpur,” External link

siliconrepublic Wednesday, March 27, 2019 4:06:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “Hosting such a major event demonstrates the positive impact that successful Enterprise Ireland client companies can bring to overseas markets, as they grow their global reach. I applaud Anam Asia for their leadership initiative in bringing such a prestigious industry event here to Kuala Lumpur,” External link

siliconrepublic Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:42:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “She arrived in Malaysia to set up village schools in the aftermath of the Second World War, founding Assunta primary and secondary schools in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, in 1958,” External link

limerickleader Friday, March 22, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “Our focus though has always been on protecting Aughinish Alumina and we hope that the vote tonight ensures that the firm can shortly return to full business-as-usual,” External link

finegael Thursday, January 24, 2019 11:43:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “Our focus though has always been on protecting Aughinish Alumina and we hope that the vote tonight ensures that the firm can shortly return to full business-as-usual,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, January 17, 2019 1:53:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan acknowledged : “we are now into the crucial stage” External link

limerickleader Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:01:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "This is a great step forward for the public service and will ensure that we do not prematurely lose the wealth of experience built up in the public service" External link

herald-ie Thursday, December 27, 2018 5:44:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "This is a great step forward for the public service and will ensure that we do not prematurely lose the wealth of experience built up in the public service" External link

independent-ie Wednesday, December 26, 2018 6:51:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I am very happy with the way the embassy is dealing with it but we are not leaving anything to chance,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, December 13, 2018 5:40:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “we’re in unprecedented times. No one knows the next twist or turn in the road. It’s very important that we give the country a sense of security” External link

eecho Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:27:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “we’re in unprecedented times. No one knows the next twist or turn in the road. It’s very important that we give the country a sense of security” External link

beat102103 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:19:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “we’re in unprecedented times. No one knows the next twist or turn in the road. It’s very important that we give the country a sense of security” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “we’re in unprecedented times. No one knows the next twist or turn in the road. It’s very important that we give the country a sense of security” External link

eecho Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:21:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "And indeed until such time as they do I have a difficulty with people suggesting they would be fit to govern. And I don’t differentiate between atrocities," "Whether it’s Enniskillen, Omagh, Dublin-Monaghan. All of the victims, whether it’s dead gardai, or dead members of the prison service, their families have a right to know what happened and who carried them out" External link

belfasttelegraph Tuesday, August 29, 2017 2:08:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Have they or the McCabes ever had proper reconciliation? I don't think so," External link

belfasttelegraph Tuesday, August 29, 2017 2:08:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told ( about Jerry McCabe ) : “I, and so many other people in Limerick will always remember where we were the day Jerry McCabe was murdered,” External link

thejournal Monday, August 28, 2017 10:49:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "The people I have met during the summer, at agricultural shows and other events - the farmers and fishermen and ordinary decent Fianna Fail people - this is something has really concerned them. It has worried Fianna Fail people who don't want to have any truck with Sinn Fein," External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, August 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “We want to grow that market, and that’s why new (transatlantic) routes Shannon and Dublin, and even Cork now with a transatlantic route, is going to play a major role in the development of tourism,” External link

carlow-nationalist Monday, March 6, 2017 10:42:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "We want to grow that market, and that's why new (transatlantic) routes Shannon and Dublin, and even Cork now with a transatlantic route, is going to play a major role in the development of tourism," External link

breakingnews-ie Monday, March 6, 2017 9:26:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “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” External link

dublinpeople Saturday, January 14, 2017 7:33:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It [strict term limits for those in senior positions] is in every sporting organisations’ interests, the same thing happens in every other organisation,” External link

irishexaminer Monday, January 9, 2017 6:17:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I hear an awful lot of it, in terms of young fellas I see at home, they get wound up inside of it and they can’t get out of it. I don’t know how much of it is betting on themselves or betting against themselves, but look, we’ve had a couple of high-profile people who’ve come out and spoken about their experiences, and they’re harrowing. Society is going to have to come to terms with this,” External link

irishexaminer Saturday, December 24, 2016 5:38:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Tourism Ireland ) : "As the Wild Atlantic Way continues to grow three years since its launch, we can now start to develop additional experiences for visitors to enjoy and, vitally, through initiatives like this we can start to plan for a more even spread of visitors across the West of Ireland" External link

newstalk Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:39:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “One element which has been raised continuously with me by women and others involved in sport is the gap at the top of Irish sport about how women are empowered” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:29:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “This is an opportunity where we can provide real icons off the field for the next generation to emulate” External link

thejournal Monday, December 12, 2016 2:05:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I have spoken to the Taoiseach, who is right up to speed with what I'm trying to do. It is something that I believe is important and now is the right time to have this conversation," "This is not about trying to dictate in terms of boards. But everybody must have the opportunity to play a full role in Irish sport, both on the field but also in positions of governance and leadership," External link

independent-ie Monday, December 12, 2016 6:03:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “there is no crock of gold at the end of the rainbow” External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:23:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There is a finite amount of money, there are competing demands,” “There is no additional money there and we have to work within the confines of what we have available to us, we have to work within the confines of the existing agreement” External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:23:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Anthony Foley ) : "Anthony will be very fondly remembered for the joy and pleasure that he brought to the people of Limerick, Munster and Ireland" External link

RTERadio Monday, October 17, 2016 12:07:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Anthony Foley ) : "Anthony will be very fondly remembered for the joy and pleasure that he brought to the people of Limerick, Munster and Ireland" External link

RTERadio Sunday, October 16, 2016 7:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "The establishment of the Limerick Twenty Thirty company to create world-class commercial, retail, enterprise, and education facilities, as well as residential space, will take Limerick a city already on the up to new heights. The fact that it is plan-led, as distinct from developer-led, will mean the city and county are planned strategically and that the infrastructure and investment is exactly what Limerick needs" External link

newstalk Monday, September 19, 2016 3:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "The loss of any life is a time of great sadness but when a person of such great promise and so young passes it is a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and the rowing community during this difficult time" External link

independent-ie Friday, September 9, 2016 11:37:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "This report reaffirms the key role that SFPC and the estuary plays in the national economy," "It will, no doubt, catch some people by surprise as the scale of that contribution was largely unknown until now, except to the port authority itself. Shannon Foynes Port Company is one of few companies that is now outpacing growth achieved at the height of the economic boom, with very substantial benefit to the region and nation" External link

independent-ie-regional Saturday, September 3, 2016 2:09:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added ( about Robbie Keane ) : “Robbie is an inspiration for young sports people, and we are all so proud of what he has done. His remarkable scoring record may never be matched, and he has scored some very special goals. His impact can’t be overstated and he was still someone the squad looked up to during European Championships. He has done the whole country proud and I am sure a big crowd will turn out at the Aviva Stadium next week to wish him well” External link

dublinpeople Thursday, August 25, 2016 3:32:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "We would fully expect that from now anybody who has any knowledge or any interest in this investigation would fully co-operate with it. We're not of a mind to be naming individuals," External link

independent-ie Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:56:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "There's going to be no limit and no boundaries put on him" External link

independent-ie Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:56:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “If this goes beyond the 12-week period we’re in a position to say to the judge, there is no limit of time or boundaries” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, August 25, 2016 3:36:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “We have kept open the option of going further if we need to, but in the first instance we are anxious to get this inquiry up and running,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:54:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “We have kept open the option of going further if we need to, but in the first instance we are anxious to get this inquiry up and running,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:47:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "As a department, while we don't have a direct role in the governance of individual bodies, we do have a funding role," External link

herald-ie Monday, August 15, 2016 5:56:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "As a department, while we don't have a direct role in the governance of individual bodies, we do have a funding role," External link

independent-ie Monday, August 15, 2016 5:08:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : "If someone has a problem with our position on doping, then tough, it will not be watered down," External link

independent-ie Saturday, August 13, 2016 5:48:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "The wealth of the variety of our visitor attractions, whether free or fee-paying, plays a significant part in adding to the positive experiences enjoyed by tourists when in Ireland" External link

newstalk Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:46:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "We're encouraging people to enjoy themselves but be vigilant and to work with the French security forces and to cooperate with the authorities while they're in France," "These tournaments and events are an integral part of what it is to be European. I think every effort needs to be made by Europe across borders to make sure that we protect our citizens, but also that we allow our citizens to enjoy the sporting activities that they've become used to" External link

herald-ie Tuesday, June 7, 2016 5:46:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "We want to deepen visitor engagement and encourage those who travel along the route to slow down, dwell longer and immerse themselves in the local towns and villages of the west coast. The local Post Office is at the heart of these communities" External link

newstalk Friday, June 3, 2016 6:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan asked : “Why did they get so tetchy about this?” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 28, 2015 12:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I know where the money that funds the Fine Gael party comes from, everybody knows where it comes from. Everybody knows where the funds for Fianna Fail and the Labour Party comes from but there are strong question marks over other political parties” External link

independent-ie Monday, February 23, 2015 7:45:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Aer Lingus tomorrow morning could decide they were going to operate a New York-Heathrow or a Sydney-Heathrow route and there is absolutely nothing anybody can do about it, as we saw before in 2007 when they took them out of Shannon. So the government position in this is very weak and it is about making sure that however weak that position is, that it is maximised to best effect for the economy and the region,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:39:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I can understand the concern and it is a concern for me myself as I’m from the region. But I think there is a bit to play out in this yet and I don’t think we are anywhere near a handshake” External link

limerickleader Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:39:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I am stunned that you are just relying on the public to rung up and complain" External link

RTERadio Wednesday, February 18, 2015 2:53:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “As the economic recovery takes hold the Government is in a stronger position to invest in our infrastructure. In a rural county like Limerick, it is vital that we maintain a safe and good road network. This investment from the Minister is critical to that and I know will be very welcome in the communities across Limerick that will see improvements on their road network,” “Through my membership of the Oireachtas Transport Committee and in my regular meetings with the Minister for Transport I will continue to remind the Minister of the road projects in County Limerick that I want to see prioritised,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, February 8, 2015 12:32:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is an important piece of legislation dealing with the redrawing of constituencies for the upcoming European elections, yet not one member of the Opposition saw fit to show up” External link

thejournal Friday, January 30, 2015 5:27:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister58.27%EN10/19/201719/10/2017
tourism minister4.72%EN10/02/201702/10/2017
minister for tourism1.57%EN07/10/201710/07/2017
minister for sport1.57%EN05/31/201731/05/2017
minister for tourism and sport1.57%EN05/17/201717/05/2017
sports minister18.11%EN02/22/201722/02/2017
deputy8.66%EN02/16/201716/02/2017
minister of sport0.79%EN01/28/201728/01/2017
minister for transport tourism and sport1.57%EN01/26/201726/01/2017
sport minister1.57%EN01/25/201725/01/2017
sport and tourism minister0.79%EN07/27/201627/07/2016
chairman0.79%EN12/07/201307/12/2013
Names Lang Count
Patrick O'DonovanEN51.17%
Patrick O’DonovanEN48.56%
Patrick O'DonovanFR0.26%


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