Patrick O’Donovan

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Patrick O Donovan said : “People are entitled under the current law to take objections, obviously there is a lot of disappointment that the scheme is delayed, from our point of view we have gone through all the engagements with inland fisheries, national parks and wildlife, people have decided they are taking a particular course of action, which they are entitled to do, but from the residents’ point of view, the traders’ point of view, people who are concerned about the future of Blackpool, there is an obvious concern” External link

eecho Tuesday, November 30, 2021 3:35:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The opening of the Custom House Visitor Centre will enable everyone to experience and view up close the magnificence of this iconic landmark and learn about its involvement in Ireland’s history as it watched over the Dublin skyline for the last 230 years” External link

meathchronicle Wednesday, November 24, 2021 9:38:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "As Minister for the Office of Public Works, I am very pleased that we were able to step in and support Fota Wildlife Park during the exceptionally difficult time of the pandemic. I am delighted to see that the Government funding provided has enabled the progression of several important infrastructure projects and has contributed to the completion of the new Spider Monkey Habitat" External link

irishexaminer Monday, November 22, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I hope I never do see anything happen but hand on heart it wouldn’t surprise me if it does,” External link

limerickleader Friday, November 5, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I’ve had my share of threats. I’ve had a mixture of different levels in relation to electronic communication, in relation to clinics, in relation to meetings. I have staff I have to protect, other members of the public I have to protect, myself obviously I have to protect. I have a very good relationship with the guards but going about my daily job representing people I should not, in a democracy, need the support of the guards,” External link

limerickleader Friday, November 5, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I can understand anger. I can often be very angry and emotive in a political debate but it is how hate has become part of the norm is what worries me. Every debate now in the Dail is how much hate you can spew, how much anger you can spew, how much is directed at your political opponent to make them a target of hate. Then when something happens outside their house you pretend you feel sorry about it,” External link

limerickleader Friday, November 5, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There will be wringing of hands and wiping of tears and gnashing of teeth when something happens and something will happen – that is my fear,” External link

limerickleader Friday, November 5, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Tenders for the refurbishment works were issued to contractors in July and submissions returned in August 2021.The evaluation of tenders submitted is nearing completion and subject to the necessary approvals and ongoing discussion, regarding Garda priorities and the availability of funding, with An Garda Síochána it is expected that the contract for the works will be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2021” External link

carlow-nationalist Thursday, October 14, 2021 11:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Subsequent investigations led to the discovery that the base of the collapse was constructed on clay foundations which has had major consequences for the safe repair and reconstruction of this section of wall. OPW is currently working to secure an appropriate method of ensuring that the tower can be made safe for the future” External link

carlow-nationalist Friday, June 18, 2021 11:15:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "One thing that was very clear to me is that the [chief medical officer] was not recommending anything about a localised lockdown which is very important to the city and county, that they are open for business and that a hugely important part of reopening," External link

RTERadio Friday, June 4, 2021 8:44:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "One thing that was very clear to me is that the [chief medical officer] was not recommending anything about a localised lockdown which is very important to the city and county, that they are open for business and that a hugely important part of reopening," External link

RTERadio Friday, June 4, 2021 7:42:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We want visitors to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the park this weekend, but we appeal to the public to respect this important heritage site and its historic features, to be mindful of other visitors in the park and to respect our OPW staff,” “The Green is an oasis in the city centre and I would ask you to help us keep it that way so everybody can enjoy it” External link

irishtimes Friday, June 4, 2021 1:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "Covid-19 is still circulating in the community and to protect the progress we have made, basic health measures still apply outdoors, including avoiding crowds and keeping your distance" External link

irishexaminer Friday, June 4, 2021 12:19:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "I myself look forward to visiting this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site soon and I hope that weather conditions will allow OPW staff to complete the required preparatory works so the reopening can go ahead on 21 June. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We are in the early stages of the recovery phase of the pandemic, but we are all beginning to enjoy the brighter days we have waited for and looked forward to so much over the past few months,” “Throughout the lockdown, the OPW kept the parks and gardens it manages in cities and the country open wherever it was possible to do so safely, and, as a result, provided important amenities for our wellbeing in a difficult time,” External link

thejournal Friday, May 14, 2021 9:17:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “Together with our colleagues in the National Monuments Service, we are preparing a campaign for the month of June to raise awareness of the significance and vulnerability of our beautiful monuments, which is vital to preserve them for future generations. I hope to have the opportunity to visit Loughcrew soon and to see for myself some of the most beautiful examples of Neolithic art in Ireland that can be found there” External link

anglocelt Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:13:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "I would like to ask members of the public to be mindful of existing Covid-19 guidelines during visits and to help us maintain the beauty of our parks and scenic locations by heeding the message of our “Love This Place, Leave No Trace” campaign. While the OPW’s staff are working hard to maintain the parks, gardens and heritage grounds in our care to a high standard so that they can be enjoyed by all visitors, we need your cooperation to keep these places litter-free" External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "I would like to ask members of the public to be mindful of existing Covid-19 guidelines during visits and to help us maintain the beauty of our parks and scenic locations by heeding the message of our “Love This Place, Leave No Trace” campaign. While the OPW’s staff are working hard to maintain the parks, gardens and heritage grounds in our care to a high standard so that they can be enjoyed by all visitors, we need your cooperation to keep these places litter-free" External link

meathchronicle Monday, April 26, 2021 9:52:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Unfortunately, the various different denominations don't have lobby groups per se but for people's mental health this is so important. It is vital for community resilience that we put them on a trajectory to reopen," External link

limerickleader Sunday, April 25, 2021 9:58:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There are no plans to install temporary facilities throughout the Park as these may be subject to vandalism and it would be difficult to maintain them to an appropriate hygiene standard,” External link

thejournal Friday, April 16, 2021 6:49:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is committed. There is money available. We do not have a worry about allocating money for capital spending. I say to Deputy Farrell, and to Galway City Council, that, if we can shave off time in advancing projects, we will gladly do so, but we have to be mindful of the fact that if our detractors make accusations later, we may end up in the High Court. We do not want that” External link

connachttribune Sunday, April 11, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan wrote : "Not only mistaken about Limerick but the idea of " External link

limerickleader Saturday, April 10, 2021 1:26:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is committed. There is money available. We do not have a worry about allocating money for capital spending. I say to Deputy Farrell, and to Galway City Council, that, if we can shave off time in advancing projects, we will gladly do so, but we have to be mindful of the fact that if our detractors make accusations later, we may end up in the High Court. We do not want that” External link

connachttribune Friday, April 9, 2021 8:59:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is committed. There is money available. We do not have a worry about allocating money for capital spending. I say to Deputy Farrell, and to Galway City Council, that, if we can shave off time in advancing projects, we will gladly do so, but we have to be mindful of the fact that if our detractors make accusations later, we may end up in the High Court. We do not want that” External link

connachttribune Friday, April 9, 2021 8:59:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. It bears no reflection on the wider community of Askeaton," External link

limerickleader Sunday, April 4, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I would implore anybody with any knowledge of this to come forward to gardai in Askeaton to bring the thugs that have done this to justice. Somebody knows who has done this. There is knowledge there to out this thug, root them out and hand them over to the guards so that they can face justice," External link

limerickleader Sunday, April 4, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Any time I am on a national radio station I routinely get sent an email by a person attacking me over my pronunciation and my diction. At this stage they have nearly become a pen pal of mine. They say my ‘ths’ are poorly put together and they are ‘aghast’ I am a primary school teacher and a national politician,” External link

limerickleader Monday, March 29, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “From an Irish point of view, look at how Ireland is the strongest performing economy in the EU this year. Some economic commentators will always look to see the glass half empty, I would look to see the glass half full,” External link

limerickleader Monday, March 29, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Notices will be placed in the local newspapers and on the project website in advance of its commencement. I look forward to further engagement with the community during this additional consultation period,” External link

connachttribune Saturday, March 27, 2021 3:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “It’s not a day to see the virus creep into houses and take off,” External link

carlow-nationalist Tuesday, March 16, 2021 11:00:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “It’s not a day to see the virus creep into houses and take off,” External link

waterford-news Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:35:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “It’s not a day to see the virus creep into houses and take off,” External link

westernpeople Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We didn’t deal with the sale of alcohol before Christmas, we paid a very dear price for it” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, March 16, 2021 7:21:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “They are essential workers on the frontline and should be recognised as such,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:07:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “They are essential workers on the frontline and should be recognised as such,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “They have said to me that if they go down with Covid who is going to take up the slack for them. It is a big concern to me,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I know there are a lot of people advocating for particular cohorts of workers. I am not looking for any preferential treatment or anything like that. I am merely saying that this should be looked at in the case of both of them. If we have a situation where they go down with this disease - who picks up the slack and that’s a big difficulty,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “They are still fulfilling their duties and fulfilling their obligations to their communities which needs to be admired. While we all have our differences and everything else with the church and we will fall in and out with them, but when we come to our lowest and we are in our grieving processes they are always the people we turn to and they are always there. I’m talking about all denominations,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about An Bord Pleanala ) : “I am really anxious that we get an early determination from An Bord Pleanala so that the council will be able to proceed and to draw down funding for the development of the junction,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:30:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I am glad now it has made progress. I will be happier when I see further progress made,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:30:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concluded : “I am not a roads engineer. I will let the safety of the roads to the road engineering staff. I don’t think politicians, unless they have qualifications in civil engineering, should comment on it and for that reason I am not going to comment on it. I defer to their better knowledge. What I am very anxious to see is that it be dealt with and dealt with quickly. It is very important,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:30:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I was flabbergasted when I heard the contribution because in the Limerick Leader article in question I didn't refer to any individual and I never named anybody” External link

limerickleader Friday, January 22, 2021 12:38:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Also I wasn't referring to people who seek clarification on the use of the vaccine or the science behind them as my own background in science has always thought me the importance of seeking informed answers to important and relevant questions,” External link

limerickleader Friday, January 22, 2021 12:38:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concludes : “What's required in terms of leadership is if they are in positions of responsibility and civic leadership, then they should be putting their hand up and say ‘I'll go first, I have no problem taking it’” External link

limerickleader Monday, January 11, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “And it behoves people in positions of leadership to support public health measures and that includes vaccination programmes,” External link

limerickleader Monday, January 11, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There are people online believing that there is no pandemic, that there are no people dying and they are spreading lies online so I believe that there is an obligation on people in leadership within the country to show leadership. You can't be in a position of leadership and expect those whom you are supposed to be providing that leadership to, to lead and for you to follow. If that's the case you shouldn't be in the position at all,” External link

limerickleader Monday, January 11, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "So if we have to forfeit one to make sure that we are all alive to see next year’s one so be it," External link

limerickleader Thursday, December 31, 2020 8:17:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I have been working with the Council on this project right from the very start. As a former Minister for Sport, I was in the position to help secure significant funding from the Government for the track and now seeing the next step is really good news for Newcastle West and the wider West Limerick area" External link

limerickleader Monday, December 21, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “To many locals, the castle has always been referred to as the Desmond Castle and the OPW has decided that in the future, Desmond Castle, Adare will be the name that the OPW will use for official purposes. In making this change the OPW has decided that the naming convention which is in use in other sites will be used in Adare” External link

limerickleader Monday, December 21, 2020 1:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "We all know that Covid has had a catastrophic effect on the income of Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park. Both institutions rely heavily on the income from gate receipts which provide the means to improve and develop facilities for both animal welfare and for visitors" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We all know that Covid has had a catastrophic effect on the income of Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park. Both institutions rely heavily on the income from gate receipts which provide the means to improve and develop facilities for both animal welfare and for visitors,” “The Office of Public Works will now be able to step in and provide much needed capital funding to ensure developments which have been commenced can be finalised as planned over the coming years” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, December 15, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Winter Solstice ) : “for operational reasons, the office of Public Works has, regrettably, made the decision not to host the usual Winter Solstice event at Newgrange this year” External link

thejournal Thursday, December 3, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I realise that this will come as a disappointment but at all times, the OPW has to be mindful of Government guidelines in relation to Covid-19 and the health and safety of our visitors is paramount,” External link

thejournal Thursday, December 3, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "We can't be there and the only way we can show support for the players and the management is to literally hang out a flag. All these lads are going to go about their business Monday to Friday and I think if they saw towns, villages, houses decked out in green and white it would show them that we are fully behind them," External link

limerickleader Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:02:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I know people are busy getting ready for Christmas, preparing for Santa and everything else, but there are Limerick flags stuck in the back of wardrobes and in attics all over the county. If they can make an effort just to get them out to show the lads and the management team that we are fully behind then it would be brilliant," External link

limerickleader Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:02:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added ( about Hildegarde Naughton ) : “The government recognises the importance of Shannon airport and wants to work with local communities and representative organisations. The airport is of massive importance to Mid-West economy and to Limerick. I will continue to work with Minister Hildegarde Naughton at the Department of Transport, whose Department will work out the detail of the additional funding supports with the airport” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:13:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Over the next seven days, the Save Cork City group has the discretion to withdraw its application for a judicial review of the Morrison’s Island Public Realm and Flood Defence project, thereby allowing it to proceed and protect the city centre from flooding," External link

irishexaminer Monday, November 2, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It’s clear from other parts of the country, including Mayo and Waterford, that the Greenway network has huge potential for rural communities. These are not only amenities for the local area, but also very important for visitors to the area. As Minister for the OPW I recently met with the council to see how the OPW sites in the area can be maximised for tourism development in County Limerick and this work in Ardagh will add to that,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 18, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “My father was born just a few hundred yards away in Ardagh so I have a lot of connections to this project and the wider Greenway and I want to see it prosper and grow in the years ahead, because I believe it will be a major asset to all of County Limerick,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 18, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "We cannot forget the murder by the IRA or any other subversive of members of the gardai, defence forces, prison service or any other public servants," External link

limerickleader Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Programming of projects such as Agriculture House is very much dependent on other competing priorities and ongoing, substantial demands on public funds,” External link

irishexaminer Monday, October 12, 2020 8:00:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “A conclusion is that while a correctly sited and designed barrier may, and I repeat may, resolve the problem, it would not solve the more destructive fluvial, that’s the river flooding, problem in Cork,” External link

eecho Sunday, October 11, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I am not saying close down the off licences” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, October 7, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The estimated total project cost of the scheme is €20.5m, based on current design, but is subject to change following the completion of the detailed design and tender process. Once the scheme is confirmed, the detailed design will be completed and a tender competition held to appoint a works contractor. It is currently anticipated that construction will commence on the scheme by mid-2021,” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, September 24, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan replied : “local authorities are designated as the lead agency to respond to events within their administrative areas so that effective arrangements can be put in place” External link

agriland Friday, September 18, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan commented : “The Desmond Castle is obviously the centrepiece of the site but the public will also be able to enter into the Banqueting Hall built by the 7th Earl of Desmond in 1440 and will be able to see the infamous Hellfire Club – still in a fragile state – being conserved by the skilled OPW team at the site. This is the first time that we have placed visitors so close to an ongoing conservation project as it is actually happening and I very much hope that visitors and tourists will appreciate the unique value of what they are seeing here,” External link

limerickleader Wednesday, September 2, 2020 10:16:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "On the night in question we got massive rainfall here in the catchment area of the Loobagh which resulted in the river spilling out - unfortunately causing damage not only here in the town but in townlands outside Kilmallock as well," External link

limerickleader Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It is an awful thing to have water coming in to your property, especially when it hasn't flooded before and there isn't a history of flooding. And for those who have been flooded before it is terrible to have water coming into their properties again," External link

limerickleader Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “More Limerick businesses could now find themselves eligible for this grant than before, and key businesses that received a grant under the first scheme can re-apply to receive additional funding. Non-rateable B&Bs, sports clubs with commercial activities and trading charity shops are now eligible. Previously only small companies could apply for this grant but now medium sized companies are also eligible. I encourage all Limerick companies with up to 250 employees to apply through Limerick Council,” External link

limerickleader Monday, August 24, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "Desmond will be missed; an elegant man with a love of beauty, a love that wouldn’t allow him see things of beauty be lost. His life will not be forgotten though as the buildings he saved will long stand as evidence to his causes and as importantly his life and work serve as a great inspiration to all. " External link

meathchronicle Friday, August 21, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is great news for the area. Limerick can now look forward to having Shannon Heritage sites open for the end of this year” External link

limerickleader Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It is only when you see the damage at first hand that you can fully appreciate the devastation the recent severe weather has brought to communities in Connonagh, Dunmanway and Rosscarbery," External link

independent-ie Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:03:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It is only when you see the damage at first hand that you can fully appreciate the devastation the recent severe weather has brought to communities in Connonagh, Dunmanway and Rosscarbery," External link

independent-ie Wednesday, August 19, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It is only when you see the damage at first hand that you can fully appreciate the devastation the recent severe weather has brought to communities in Connonagh, Dunmanway and Rosscarbery," External link

independent-ie Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:37:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It is only when you see the damage at first hand that you can fully appreciate the devastation the recent severe weather has brought to communities in Connonagh, Dunmanway and Rosscarbery," External link

independent-ie Wednesday, August 19, 2020 4:56:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We weren’t here at the time but one of the neighbours rang to say there was about a foot of water in her livingroom and we were all more or less the same, under a foot of water. It all came from the stream over there because the culvert couldn’t take the volume of water,” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:33:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We need to see projects being led by the council that will attract significant government funding and being a local minister I hope to be able to continue working on projects like the ones that I've been pushing,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, August 15, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concluded : “Schemes like this are there to support the councils and I will continue to encourage the council to bring forward initiatives and plans that will get national funding,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, August 15, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is a positive news story for the area,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, August 1, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan stated ( about Louth County Council ) : “I am delighted that my Office and Louth County Council has progressed this important Scheme with the appointment of consultants today. This is an important investment for the towns of Dundalk and Ardee and the public should be assured that there will be extensive public consultation as the Scheme develops. I have no doubt that my Office and the Council will continue to work closely together to bring this Scheme to construction” External link

dundalkdemocrat Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "As a society, we have all endured a huge amount in the past few months and I’m hoping with this measure to remind people of what’s on their doorstep here in Ireland and encourage them to help Ireland’s tourism industry to make it through 2020 and come back with a real bang in 2021," External link

independent-ie Saturday, July 25, 2020 9:13:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “First of all, Deputy O’Donoghue needs to establish the correct facts. I’m not on the Business committee of the Oireachtas and have never been” External link

limerickleader Saturday, July 25, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “What I have been advocating for recently is a redistribution of speaking time in the Dáil based on the size of parties and representative groups. Nobody should be afraid of proportionality – it is called democracy and is what our State is founded on,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, July 25, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

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



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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Alan Dillon concluded ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : “This is a €13.5million project and will provide protection to 116 properties which have been repeatedly subject to flooding, putting personal safety and livelihoods at risk. Minister O’Donovan has always been clear on the importance of this project to him and I look forward to his visit” External link

westernpeople Monday, May 31, 2021 5:08:00 PM EAT

Christoph Schweitzer said ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : "I would like to thank Minister O'Donovan and the OPW for making this funding available, after what has been a challenging year for Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park due to Covid-19. This essential financial support will allow us to re-commence vital work on capital projects, including the construction of world class habitats for some of our most endangered species" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:10:00 PM EAT

Michael Collins said ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : "This is a very exciting day for Limerick City and County Council, for Limerick Twenty Thirty but, most of all, for Limerick and the wider Mid-West region. This development is going to be crucial in helping Limerick springboard out of the economic challenges that pretty much everywhere is facing now”. The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan added: " External link

limerickleader Monday, November 30, 2020 4:52:00 PM EAT

Anne Rabbitte concluded ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : “I have written to the minster with responsibility for the Office of Public Works [OPW], Patrick O’Donovan, outlining the situation and to ask for an urgent meeting to ensure preventative action is taken so we can avoid major damage in the weeks and months ahead” External link

agriland Tuesday, November 3, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Maria Byrne saying ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : “Congratulations Eileen and Patrick on your new arrival great news!” External link

limerickleader Thursday, May 14, 2020 5:43:00 PM EAT

Jack Chambers said ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : "A Government in which one minister, Patrick O'Donovan, last week suggested RTÉ should broadcast death notices in its remit as a public service station," "If that is the Government's policy for saving the national broadcaster, I fear there is no hope at all" External link

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Patrick O Donovan said : “People are entitled under the current law to take objections, obviously there is a lot of disappointment that the scheme is delayed, from our point of view we have gone through all the engagements with inland fisheries, national parks and wildlife, people have decided they are taking a particular course of action, which they are entitled to do, but from the residents’ point of view, the traders’ point of view, people who are concerned about the future of Blackpool, there is an obvious concern” External link

eecho Tuesday, November 30, 2021 3:35:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The opening of the Custom House Visitor Centre will enable everyone to experience and view up close the magnificence of this iconic landmark and learn about its involvement in Ireland’s history as it watched over the Dublin skyline for the last 230 years” External link

meathchronicle Wednesday, November 24, 2021 9:38:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "As Minister for the Office of Public Works, I am very pleased that we were able to step in and support Fota Wildlife Park during the exceptionally difficult time of the pandemic. I am delighted to see that the Government funding provided has enabled the progression of several important infrastructure projects and has contributed to the completion of the new Spider Monkey Habitat" External link

irishexaminer Monday, November 22, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I hope I never do see anything happen but hand on heart it wouldn’t surprise me if it does,” External link

limerickleader Friday, November 5, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I’ve had my share of threats. I’ve had a mixture of different levels in relation to electronic communication, in relation to clinics, in relation to meetings. I have staff I have to protect, other members of the public I have to protect, myself obviously I have to protect. I have a very good relationship with the guards but going about my daily job representing people I should not, in a democracy, need the support of the guards,” External link

limerickleader Friday, November 5, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I can understand anger. I can often be very angry and emotive in a political debate but it is how hate has become part of the norm is what worries me. Every debate now in the Dail is how much hate you can spew, how much anger you can spew, how much is directed at your political opponent to make them a target of hate. Then when something happens outside their house you pretend you feel sorry about it,” External link

limerickleader Friday, November 5, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There will be wringing of hands and wiping of tears and gnashing of teeth when something happens and something will happen – that is my fear,” External link

limerickleader Friday, November 5, 2021 10:22:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Tenders for the refurbishment works were issued to contractors in July and submissions returned in August 2021.The evaluation of tenders submitted is nearing completion and subject to the necessary approvals and ongoing discussion, regarding Garda priorities and the availability of funding, with An Garda Síochána it is expected that the contract for the works will be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2021” External link

carlow-nationalist Thursday, October 14, 2021 11:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Subsequent investigations led to the discovery that the base of the collapse was constructed on clay foundations which has had major consequences for the safe repair and reconstruction of this section of wall. OPW is currently working to secure an appropriate method of ensuring that the tower can be made safe for the future” External link

carlow-nationalist Friday, June 18, 2021 11:15:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "One thing that was very clear to me is that the [chief medical officer] was not recommending anything about a localised lockdown which is very important to the city and county, that they are open for business and that a hugely important part of reopening," External link

RTERadio Friday, June 4, 2021 8:44:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "One thing that was very clear to me is that the [chief medical officer] was not recommending anything about a localised lockdown which is very important to the city and county, that they are open for business and that a hugely important part of reopening," External link

RTERadio Friday, June 4, 2021 7:42:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We want visitors to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the park this weekend, but we appeal to the public to respect this important heritage site and its historic features, to be mindful of other visitors in the park and to respect our OPW staff,” “The Green is an oasis in the city centre and I would ask you to help us keep it that way so everybody can enjoy it” External link

irishtimes Friday, June 4, 2021 1:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "Covid-19 is still circulating in the community and to protect the progress we have made, basic health measures still apply outdoors, including avoiding crowds and keeping your distance" External link

irishexaminer Friday, June 4, 2021 12:19:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "I myself look forward to visiting this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site soon and I hope that weather conditions will allow OPW staff to complete the required preparatory works so the reopening can go ahead on 21 June. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:25:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We are in the early stages of the recovery phase of the pandemic, but we are all beginning to enjoy the brighter days we have waited for and looked forward to so much over the past few months,” “Throughout the lockdown, the OPW kept the parks and gardens it manages in cities and the country open wherever it was possible to do so safely, and, as a result, provided important amenities for our wellbeing in a difficult time,” External link

thejournal Friday, May 14, 2021 9:17:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “Together with our colleagues in the National Monuments Service, we are preparing a campaign for the month of June to raise awareness of the significance and vulnerability of our beautiful monuments, which is vital to preserve them for future generations. I hope to have the opportunity to visit Loughcrew soon and to see for myself some of the most beautiful examples of Neolithic art in Ireland that can be found there” External link

anglocelt Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:13:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "I would like to ask members of the public to be mindful of existing Covid-19 guidelines during visits and to help us maintain the beauty of our parks and scenic locations by heeding the message of our “Love This Place, Leave No Trace” campaign. While the OPW’s staff are working hard to maintain the parks, gardens and heritage grounds in our care to a high standard so that they can be enjoyed by all visitors, we need your cooperation to keep these places litter-free" External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "I would like to ask members of the public to be mindful of existing Covid-19 guidelines during visits and to help us maintain the beauty of our parks and scenic locations by heeding the message of our “Love This Place, Leave No Trace” campaign. While the OPW’s staff are working hard to maintain the parks, gardens and heritage grounds in our care to a high standard so that they can be enjoyed by all visitors, we need your cooperation to keep these places litter-free" External link

meathchronicle Monday, April 26, 2021 9:52:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Unfortunately, the various different denominations don't have lobby groups per se but for people's mental health this is so important. It is vital for community resilience that we put them on a trajectory to reopen," External link

limerickleader Sunday, April 25, 2021 9:58:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There are no plans to install temporary facilities throughout the Park as these may be subject to vandalism and it would be difficult to maintain them to an appropriate hygiene standard,” External link

thejournal Friday, April 16, 2021 6:49:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is committed. There is money available. We do not have a worry about allocating money for capital spending. I say to Deputy Farrell, and to Galway City Council, that, if we can shave off time in advancing projects, we will gladly do so, but we have to be mindful of the fact that if our detractors make accusations later, we may end up in the High Court. We do not want that” External link

connachttribune Sunday, April 11, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan wrote : "Not only mistaken about Limerick but the idea of " External link

limerickleader Saturday, April 10, 2021 1:26:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is committed. There is money available. We do not have a worry about allocating money for capital spending. I say to Deputy Farrell, and to Galway City Council, that, if we can shave off time in advancing projects, we will gladly do so, but we have to be mindful of the fact that if our detractors make accusations later, we may end up in the High Court. We do not want that” External link

connachttribune Friday, April 9, 2021 8:59:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is committed. There is money available. We do not have a worry about allocating money for capital spending. I say to Deputy Farrell, and to Galway City Council, that, if we can shave off time in advancing projects, we will gladly do so, but we have to be mindful of the fact that if our detractors make accusations later, we may end up in the High Court. We do not want that” External link

connachttribune Friday, April 9, 2021 8:59:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. It bears no reflection on the wider community of Askeaton," External link

limerickleader Sunday, April 4, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I would implore anybody with any knowledge of this to come forward to gardai in Askeaton to bring the thugs that have done this to justice. Somebody knows who has done this. There is knowledge there to out this thug, root them out and hand them over to the guards so that they can face justice," External link

limerickleader Sunday, April 4, 2021 10:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Any time I am on a national radio station I routinely get sent an email by a person attacking me over my pronunciation and my diction. At this stage they have nearly become a pen pal of mine. They say my ‘ths’ are poorly put together and they are ‘aghast’ I am a primary school teacher and a national politician,” External link

limerickleader Monday, March 29, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “From an Irish point of view, look at how Ireland is the strongest performing economy in the EU this year. Some economic commentators will always look to see the glass half empty, I would look to see the glass half full,” External link

limerickleader Monday, March 29, 2021 1:16:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Notices will be placed in the local newspapers and on the project website in advance of its commencement. I look forward to further engagement with the community during this additional consultation period,” External link

connachttribune Saturday, March 27, 2021 3:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “It’s not a day to see the virus creep into houses and take off,” External link

carlow-nationalist Tuesday, March 16, 2021 11:00:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “It’s not a day to see the virus creep into houses and take off,” External link

waterford-news Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:35:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “It’s not a day to see the virus creep into houses and take off,” External link

westernpeople Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We didn’t deal with the sale of alcohol before Christmas, we paid a very dear price for it” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, March 16, 2021 7:21:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “They are essential workers on the frontline and should be recognised as such,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:07:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “They are essential workers on the frontline and should be recognised as such,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “They have said to me that if they go down with Covid who is going to take up the slack for them. It is a big concern to me,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I know there are a lot of people advocating for particular cohorts of workers. I am not looking for any preferential treatment or anything like that. I am merely saying that this should be looked at in the case of both of them. If we have a situation where they go down with this disease - who picks up the slack and that’s a big difficulty,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “They are still fulfilling their duties and fulfilling their obligations to their communities which needs to be admired. While we all have our differences and everything else with the church and we will fall in and out with them, but when we come to our lowest and we are in our grieving processes they are always the people we turn to and they are always there. I’m talking about all denominations,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:04:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about An Bord Pleanala ) : “I am really anxious that we get an early determination from An Bord Pleanala so that the council will be able to proceed and to draw down funding for the development of the junction,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:30:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I am glad now it has made progress. I will be happier when I see further progress made,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:30:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concluded : “I am not a roads engineer. I will let the safety of the roads to the road engineering staff. I don’t think politicians, unless they have qualifications in civil engineering, should comment on it and for that reason I am not going to comment on it. I defer to their better knowledge. What I am very anxious to see is that it be dealt with and dealt with quickly. It is very important,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:30:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I was flabbergasted when I heard the contribution because in the Limerick Leader article in question I didn't refer to any individual and I never named anybody” External link

limerickleader Friday, January 22, 2021 12:38:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Also I wasn't referring to people who seek clarification on the use of the vaccine or the science behind them as my own background in science has always thought me the importance of seeking informed answers to important and relevant questions,” External link

limerickleader Friday, January 22, 2021 12:38:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concludes : “What's required in terms of leadership is if they are in positions of responsibility and civic leadership, then they should be putting their hand up and say ‘I'll go first, I have no problem taking it’” External link

limerickleader Monday, January 11, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “And it behoves people in positions of leadership to support public health measures and that includes vaccination programmes,” External link

limerickleader Monday, January 11, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “There are people online believing that there is no pandemic, that there are no people dying and they are spreading lies online so I believe that there is an obligation on people in leadership within the country to show leadership. You can't be in a position of leadership and expect those whom you are supposed to be providing that leadership to, to lead and for you to follow. If that's the case you shouldn't be in the position at all,” External link

limerickleader Monday, January 11, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "So if we have to forfeit one to make sure that we are all alive to see next year’s one so be it," External link

limerickleader Thursday, December 31, 2020 8:17:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I have been working with the Council on this project right from the very start. As a former Minister for Sport, I was in the position to help secure significant funding from the Government for the track and now seeing the next step is really good news for Newcastle West and the wider West Limerick area" External link

limerickleader Monday, December 21, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “To many locals, the castle has always been referred to as the Desmond Castle and the OPW has decided that in the future, Desmond Castle, Adare will be the name that the OPW will use for official purposes. In making this change the OPW has decided that the naming convention which is in use in other sites will be used in Adare” External link

limerickleader Monday, December 21, 2020 1:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "We all know that Covid has had a catastrophic effect on the income of Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park. Both institutions rely heavily on the income from gate receipts which provide the means to improve and develop facilities for both animal welfare and for visitors" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:10:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We all know that Covid has had a catastrophic effect on the income of Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park. Both institutions rely heavily on the income from gate receipts which provide the means to improve and develop facilities for both animal welfare and for visitors,” “The Office of Public Works will now be able to step in and provide much needed capital funding to ensure developments which have been commenced can be finalised as planned over the coming years” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, December 15, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Winter Solstice ) : “for operational reasons, the office of Public Works has, regrettably, made the decision not to host the usual Winter Solstice event at Newgrange this year” External link

thejournal Thursday, December 3, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I realise that this will come as a disappointment but at all times, the OPW has to be mindful of Government guidelines in relation to Covid-19 and the health and safety of our visitors is paramount,” External link

thejournal Thursday, December 3, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "We can't be there and the only way we can show support for the players and the management is to literally hang out a flag. All these lads are going to go about their business Monday to Friday and I think if they saw towns, villages, houses decked out in green and white it would show them that we are fully behind them," External link

limerickleader Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:02:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "I know people are busy getting ready for Christmas, preparing for Santa and everything else, but there are Limerick flags stuck in the back of wardrobes and in attics all over the county. If they can make an effort just to get them out to show the lads and the management team that we are fully behind then it would be brilliant," External link

limerickleader Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:02:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added ( about Hildegarde Naughton ) : “The government recognises the importance of Shannon airport and wants to work with local communities and representative organisations. The airport is of massive importance to Mid-West economy and to Limerick. I will continue to work with Minister Hildegarde Naughton at the Department of Transport, whose Department will work out the detail of the additional funding supports with the airport” External link

limerickleader Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:13:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "Over the next seven days, the Save Cork City group has the discretion to withdraw its application for a judicial review of the Morrison’s Island Public Realm and Flood Defence project, thereby allowing it to proceed and protect the city centre from flooding," External link

irishexaminer Monday, November 2, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It’s clear from other parts of the country, including Mayo and Waterford, that the Greenway network has huge potential for rural communities. These are not only amenities for the local area, but also very important for visitors to the area. As Minister for the OPW I recently met with the council to see how the OPW sites in the area can be maximised for tourism development in County Limerick and this work in Ardagh will add to that,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 18, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “My father was born just a few hundred yards away in Ardagh so I have a lot of connections to this project and the wider Greenway and I want to see it prosper and grow in the years ahead, because I believe it will be a major asset to all of County Limerick,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, October 18, 2020 10:41:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "We cannot forget the murder by the IRA or any other subversive of members of the gardai, defence forces, prison service or any other public servants," External link

limerickleader Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:48:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Programming of projects such as Agriculture House is very much dependent on other competing priorities and ongoing, substantial demands on public funds,” External link

irishexaminer Monday, October 12, 2020 8:00:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “A conclusion is that while a correctly sited and designed barrier may, and I repeat may, resolve the problem, it would not solve the more destructive fluvial, that’s the river flooding, problem in Cork,” External link

eecho Sunday, October 11, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I am not saying close down the off licences” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, October 7, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The estimated total project cost of the scheme is €20.5m, based on current design, but is subject to change following the completion of the detailed design and tender process. Once the scheme is confirmed, the detailed design will be completed and a tender competition held to appoint a works contractor. It is currently anticipated that construction will commence on the scheme by mid-2021,” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, September 24, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan replied : “local authorities are designated as the lead agency to respond to events within their administrative areas so that effective arrangements can be put in place” External link

agriland Friday, September 18, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan commented : “The Desmond Castle is obviously the centrepiece of the site but the public will also be able to enter into the Banqueting Hall built by the 7th Earl of Desmond in 1440 and will be able to see the infamous Hellfire Club – still in a fragile state – being conserved by the skilled OPW team at the site. This is the first time that we have placed visitors so close to an ongoing conservation project as it is actually happening and I very much hope that visitors and tourists will appreciate the unique value of what they are seeing here,” External link

limerickleader Wednesday, September 2, 2020 10:16:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "On the night in question we got massive rainfall here in the catchment area of the Loobagh which resulted in the river spilling out - unfortunately causing damage not only here in the town but in townlands outside Kilmallock as well," External link

limerickleader Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It is an awful thing to have water coming in to your property, especially when it hasn't flooded before and there isn't a history of flooding. And for those who have been flooded before it is terrible to have water coming into their properties again," External link

limerickleader Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:21:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “More Limerick businesses could now find themselves eligible for this grant than before, and key businesses that received a grant under the first scheme can re-apply to receive additional funding. Non-rateable B&Bs, sports clubs with commercial activities and trading charity shops are now eligible. Previously only small companies could apply for this grant but now medium sized companies are also eligible. I encourage all Limerick companies with up to 250 employees to apply through Limerick Council,” External link

limerickleader Monday, August 24, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "Desmond will be missed; an elegant man with a love of beauty, a love that wouldn’t allow him see things of beauty be lost. His life will not be forgotten though as the buildings he saved will long stand as evidence to his causes and as importantly his life and work serve as a great inspiration to all. " External link

meathchronicle Friday, August 21, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is great news for the area. Limerick can now look forward to having Shannon Heritage sites open for the end of this year” External link

limerickleader Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It is only when you see the damage at first hand that you can fully appreciate the devastation the recent severe weather has brought to communities in Connonagh, Dunmanway and Rosscarbery," External link

independent-ie Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:03:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It is only when you see the damage at first hand that you can fully appreciate the devastation the recent severe weather has brought to communities in Connonagh, Dunmanway and Rosscarbery," External link

independent-ie Wednesday, August 19, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It is only when you see the damage at first hand that you can fully appreciate the devastation the recent severe weather has brought to communities in Connonagh, Dunmanway and Rosscarbery," External link

independent-ie Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:37:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "It is only when you see the damage at first hand that you can fully appreciate the devastation the recent severe weather has brought to communities in Connonagh, Dunmanway and Rosscarbery," External link

independent-ie Wednesday, August 19, 2020 4:56:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We weren’t here at the time but one of the neighbours rang to say there was about a foot of water in her livingroom and we were all more or less the same, under a foot of water. It all came from the stream over there because the culvert couldn’t take the volume of water,” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:33:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We need to see projects being led by the council that will attract significant government funding and being a local minister I hope to be able to continue working on projects like the ones that I've been pushing,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, August 15, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concluded : “Schemes like this are there to support the councils and I will continue to encourage the council to bring forward initiatives and plans that will get national funding,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, August 15, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “This is a positive news story for the area,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, August 1, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan stated ( about Louth County Council ) : “I am delighted that my Office and Louth County Council has progressed this important Scheme with the appointment of consultants today. This is an important investment for the towns of Dundalk and Ardee and the public should be assured that there will be extensive public consultation as the Scheme develops. I have no doubt that my Office and the Council will continue to work closely together to bring this Scheme to construction” External link

dundalkdemocrat Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : "As a society, we have all endured a huge amount in the past few months and I’m hoping with this measure to remind people of what’s on their doorstep here in Ireland and encourage them to help Ireland’s tourism industry to make it through 2020 and come back with a real bang in 2021," External link

independent-ie Saturday, July 25, 2020 9:13:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “First of all, Deputy O’Donoghue needs to establish the correct facts. I’m not on the Business committee of the Oireachtas and have never been” External link

limerickleader Saturday, July 25, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “What I have been advocating for recently is a redistribution of speaking time in the Dáil based on the size of parties and representative groups. Nobody should be afraid of proportionality – it is called democracy and is what our State is founded on,” External link

limerickleader Saturday, July 25, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

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



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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Alan Dillon concluded ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : “This is a €13.5million project and will provide protection to 116 properties which have been repeatedly subject to flooding, putting personal safety and livelihoods at risk. Minister O’Donovan has always been clear on the importance of this project to him and I look forward to his visit” External link

westernpeople Monday, May 31, 2021 5:08:00 PM EAT

Christoph Schweitzer said ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : "I would like to thank Minister O'Donovan and the OPW for making this funding available, after what has been a challenging year for Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park due to Covid-19. This essential financial support will allow us to re-commence vital work on capital projects, including the construction of world class habitats for some of our most endangered species" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:10:00 PM EAT

Michael Collins said ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : "This is a very exciting day for Limerick City and County Council, for Limerick Twenty Thirty but, most of all, for Limerick and the wider Mid-West region. This development is going to be crucial in helping Limerick springboard out of the economic challenges that pretty much everywhere is facing now”. The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan added: " External link

limerickleader Monday, November 30, 2020 4:52:00 PM EAT

Anne Rabbitte concluded ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : “I have written to the minster with responsibility for the Office of Public Works [OPW], Patrick O’Donovan, outlining the situation and to ask for an urgent meeting to ensure preventative action is taken so we can avoid major damage in the weeks and months ahead” External link

agriland Tuesday, November 3, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Maria Byrne saying ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : “Congratulations Eileen and Patrick on your new arrival great news!” External link

limerickleader Thursday, May 14, 2020 5:43:00 PM EAT

Jack Chambers said ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : "A Government in which one minister, Patrick O'Donovan, last week suggested RTÉ should broadcast death notices in its remit as a public service station," "If that is the Government's policy for saving the national broadcaster, I fear there is no hope at all" External link

independent-ie Monday, November 18, 2019 6:08:00 AM EAT