Patrick O’Donovan

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Patrick O Donovan said : “the majority of the quayside defences will be just two feet or less with appropriate railings on top” External link

eecho Monday, August 8, 2022 11:53:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We still have to produce food in this country and we have to produce food in a way that’s carbon efficient,” External link

dailycaller Tuesday, July 26, 2022 11:33:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It is an amenity that has to be accessible to people in an unimpeded away. It is not an area for an encampment,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, July 24, 2022 6:25:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Encampments should not be tolerated on amenities or publicly owned Greenways like this. There are other places for people to be facilitated for that. The people of County Limerick don’t want this sort of thing in their area and they expect the council to deal with it and I am glad the council have dealt with it,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, July 24, 2022 6:25:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “It is not a housing estate. It is not a temporary dwelling accommodation. It is an amenity for the people of the county and the people who visit the county. The people of surrounding areas wanted it dealt with and the council responded,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, July 24, 2022 6:25:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "We in OPW who care for many of the component elements of these applications, will work alongside you and the Department throughout, to bring our expertise to the nomination process and the future management of what we hope will be additional World Heritage Properties in the years to come" External link

RTERadio Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I am delighted to be here today in Kilkenny Castle to launch this new exhibition which showcases the ‘networking’ skills of our predecessors who created cultural, trade and commercial links between Kilkenny and mainland Europe in a time way before modern technology, mobile phones and the Internet. It shows the importance of these networks which are the backbone of society and still are as important today as they were back in the 15th century. It is fascinating to learn about these individual characters and how their involvement developed and improved Kilkenny’s financial and cultural status” External link

kilkennypeople Tuesday, July 19, 2022 11:47:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I know of nowhere in the democratic world, certainly where a leader of a democratic nation is assassinated, and there is no national commemoration to him,” “It happens in all democratic countries across the world. And in my view, it should happen here” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, July 3, 2022 5:24:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Skellig Michael is one of Ireland’s most iconic heritage sites and plays an important role in the local tourism economy, which we are proud to support through this and other OPW sites in the county,” “We thank our local partners for their continued assistance in managing unforeseen incidents like these or adverse weather events in what is a challenging natural environment. "Together with them, we look forward to the reopening of Skellig Michael at the start of July so that visitors can enjoy safe access to the island again this summer in addition to the other beautiful attractions in South Kerry,” External link

independent-ie-regional Monday, June 27, 2022 3:30:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Skellig Michael is one of Ireland’s most iconic heritage sites and plays an important role in the local tourism economy, which we are proud to support through this and other OPW sites in the county,” “We thank our local partners for their continued assistance in managing unforeseen incidents like these or adverse weather events in what is a challenging natural environment. "Together with them, we look forward to the reopening of Skellig Michael at the start of July so that visitors can enjoy safe access to the island again this summer in addition to the other beautiful attractions in South Kerry,” External link

independent-ie-regional Saturday, June 25, 2022 11:25:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is 25 years this month welcoming visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Newgrange and Knowth though Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre, and we remember most importantly, Professor George Eogan’s work, which he began 60 years ago this week with excavations at Knowth that revealed the largest passage tomb site in Western Europe,” “As custodians of Ireland’s most iconic and recognisable heritage sites, the Office of Public Works is proud to build and maintain that connection between the past, present and future, and I want to thank all those in the community, in academia and in our partner organisations who support us in deepening and strengthening that bond. This publication was funded by the National Monuments Service, the Heritage Council and Meath County Council” External link

independent-ie-regional Thursday, June 23, 2022 1:34:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The appointment of consultants today by Cavan County Council, working closely with the Office of Public Works, means that this Government – in just four years – has increased to ninety, the number of flood relief schemes being delivered across the country. For the local community in Cavan, it means that 54 homes and 56 non-residential properties at risk of flooding in the town will be protected when this flood relief scheme is completed. The scheme design will be developed by the consultants in consultation with the community, who will have the opportunity to engage with the proposals through extensive public consultation throughout the process” External link

anglocelt Thursday, May 26, 2022 4:52:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan saying : “either we are for the new hospital or we are not” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, May 18, 2022 11:14:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “But it is really important that our response to flooding is robustly designed and incorporates the views of the community it is designed to protect. I encourage all stakeholders to share their experience of, and knowledge on, flood events and to actively input into the development of the flood relief scheme for Bantry from the very start,” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, May 15, 2022 3:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concluded : “Assessment of the application is ongoing and the council will be advised of the outcome when completed,” External link

eecho Friday, April 29, 2022 9:35:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The deputy gets a lot of speaking time in this Chamber. He is no stranger to taking a lot of credit for some of the stuff the Government is doing in County Limerick. During some of the times he uses that speaking time here, he might put in the odd plug for the positive stuff we are doing as well, because it is not all negative,” External link

limerickleader Friday, April 15, 2022 5:54:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “In response to Deputy O'Donoghue, I do not need to be reminded of my job. I am well capable of being reminded of that by the people of County Limerick. Having been returned by them three times now, I must be doing something right,” External link

limerickleader Friday, April 15, 2022 5:54:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I have no doubt Annes Grove will become a vibrant destination for visitors and will provide significant support to the economic and cultural development in the North Cork region,” External link

independent-ie-regional Friday, April 8, 2022 7:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is on track to lodge a planning application in 2022 for the conservation of the main house, ancillary buildings in the farmyard, for car and bus parking and staff facilities,” “All of these works will contribute to creating a world-class visitor experience at Annes Grove to rival the very best existing sites throughout Ireland,” External link

independent-ie-regional Friday, April 8, 2022 7:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is on track to lodge a planning application in 2022 for the conservation of the main house, ancillary buildings in the farmyard, car and bus parking and staff facilities,” External link

eecho Thursday, April 7, 2022 8:38:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Throughout 2016–2019, good progress was made on repairing/rebuilding estate walls, roads, paths and car parking facilities. Windows and plasterwork were restored to the front of the house and new roofs installed on some of the 18th century farmyard buildings. Many overgrown areas were cut back and replanting works commenced,” External link

independent-ie-regional Wednesday, April 6, 2022 1:33:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It is envisaged that Annes Grove Gardens will become a strong destination for visitors, particularly international visitors with an interest in gardens,” “The scale of ambition for Annes Grove is substantial and is subject to available funding and resources. The OPW plans to open the site on a phased basis, beginning with an initial offering where visitors can access the extensive garden and riverside walks and enjoy an on-sire catering offering,” External link

independent-ie-regional Wednesday, April 6, 2022 1:33:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Minister Coveney ) : “There are a number of different tactics that have been taken by the West and more will be announced tonight. The Minister for Foreign Affairs I spoke to him last night there is a meeting of the European Council of Foreign Ministers and I expect further sanctions to be announced tonight when the foreign ministers meet,” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, February 27, 2022 4:12:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Paul Smithwick will be missed, a charismatic, courteous and mannerly man with a wonderful ability to connect with people, a great affinity for Irish heritage and a love of music,” External link

irishtimes Saturday, February 26, 2022 2:04:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The starting gun has been fired on the development of the Shannon Estuary” “The Estuary is critical in terms of its strategic importance, not only regionally but nationally as well. The Shannon Estuary as I see it is not fulfilling its full potential in terms of its overall capacity to the country. It’s the deepest natural estuary in the country. It has roadway connectivity and broadband connectivity,​ good harbours, it has the airport connection. There is a big asset base which is State owned,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, February 24, 2022 12:09:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “The Minister of Foreign Affairs is concerned, he’s not happy about this, particularly with the heightened situation,” External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, January 24, 2022 12:44:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan outlined : "First, the commitment of the OPW and Mayo County Council is well documented. " External link

con-telegraph Sunday, January 23, 2022 2:17:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "The Holocaust represents an event at the limits, a core event in which a shared European memory is rooted that we in Ireland are part of. But it is only through our own personal engagement with the past that we can understand its legacy and continued relevance to our present and future. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:51:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Watching the light creep into the 5,000-year-old passage tomb in real time is a moving event that has the power to fill us both with wonder at the ancient architects’ ingenuity and with hope for the future,” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, December 21, 2021 1:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Watching the light creep into the 5,000-year-old passage tomb in real time is a moving event that has the power to fill us both with wonder at the ancient architects’ ingenuity and with hope for the future,” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, December 21, 2021 10:52:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Watching the light creep into the 5,000-year-old passage tomb in real time is a moving event that has the power to fill us both with wonder at the ancient architects’ ingenuity and with hope for the future,” External link

irishtimes Monday, December 20, 2021 1:53:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Watching the light creep into the 5,000-year-old passage tomb in real time is a moving event that has the power to fill us both with wonder at the ancient architects’ ingenuity and with hope for the future,” External link

irishtimes Monday, December 20, 2021 11:16:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Watching the light creep into the 5,000-year-old passage tomb in real time is a moving event that has the power to fill us both with wonder at the ancient architects’ ingenuity and with hope for the future,” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:34:00 PM EAT

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



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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Denis Naughten said ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : “But sadly that proposal was not accepted,” “I’ve been speaking privately to Minister Patrick O’Donovan of the OPW and he believes that’s what’s needed, but we need all the officials, including the Dept of Agriculture, because farmers can’t be ignored” External link

westmeathindependent Sunday, July 17, 2022 3:36:00 PM EAT

John Kiely outlined ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : ”Today again getting the likes of Patrick O’Donovan and Adam (English) in and getting Oisin (O’Reilly) back on the field and game time into lads who might not have got a lot of game time last year - that’s really important from their perspective in terms of development and confidence. We got to try and build their confidence levels and it is only outside on the pitch that you will do that. Young Rory Duff in midfield has been out of the inter-county scene now for a couple of years and coming back in after a good campaign with Mungret. It’s important from a confidence perspective to get a bit of game time. It drives them on for the subsequent weeks in training,” External link

limerickleader Monday, January 17, 2022 12:32:00 PM EAT

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

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Patrick O Donovan said : “the majority of the quayside defences will be just two feet or less with appropriate railings on top” External link

eecho Monday, August 8, 2022 11:53:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “We still have to produce food in this country and we have to produce food in a way that’s carbon efficient,” External link

dailycaller Tuesday, July 26, 2022 11:33:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It is an amenity that has to be accessible to people in an unimpeded away. It is not an area for an encampment,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, July 24, 2022 6:25:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Encampments should not be tolerated on amenities or publicly owned Greenways like this. There are other places for people to be facilitated for that. The people of County Limerick don’t want this sort of thing in their area and they expect the council to deal with it and I am glad the council have dealt with it,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, July 24, 2022 6:25:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan added : “It is not a housing estate. It is not a temporary dwelling accommodation. It is an amenity for the people of the county and the people who visit the county. The people of surrounding areas wanted it dealt with and the council responded,” External link

limerickleader Sunday, July 24, 2022 6:25:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "We in OPW who care for many of the component elements of these applications, will work alongside you and the Department throughout, to bring our expertise to the nomination process and the future management of what we hope will be additional World Heritage Properties in the years to come" External link

RTERadio Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:03:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I am delighted to be here today in Kilkenny Castle to launch this new exhibition which showcases the ‘networking’ skills of our predecessors who created cultural, trade and commercial links between Kilkenny and mainland Europe in a time way before modern technology, mobile phones and the Internet. It shows the importance of these networks which are the backbone of society and still are as important today as they were back in the 15th century. It is fascinating to learn about these individual characters and how their involvement developed and improved Kilkenny’s financial and cultural status” External link

kilkennypeople Tuesday, July 19, 2022 11:47:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I know of nowhere in the democratic world, certainly where a leader of a democratic nation is assassinated, and there is no national commemoration to him,” “It happens in all democratic countries across the world. And in my view, it should happen here” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, July 3, 2022 5:24:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Skellig Michael is one of Ireland’s most iconic heritage sites and plays an important role in the local tourism economy, which we are proud to support through this and other OPW sites in the county,” “We thank our local partners for their continued assistance in managing unforeseen incidents like these or adverse weather events in what is a challenging natural environment. "Together with them, we look forward to the reopening of Skellig Michael at the start of July so that visitors can enjoy safe access to the island again this summer in addition to the other beautiful attractions in South Kerry,” External link

independent-ie-regional Monday, June 27, 2022 3:30:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Skellig Michael is one of Ireland’s most iconic heritage sites and plays an important role in the local tourism economy, which we are proud to support through this and other OPW sites in the county,” “We thank our local partners for their continued assistance in managing unforeseen incidents like these or adverse weather events in what is a challenging natural environment. "Together with them, we look forward to the reopening of Skellig Michael at the start of July so that visitors can enjoy safe access to the island again this summer in addition to the other beautiful attractions in South Kerry,” External link

independent-ie-regional Saturday, June 25, 2022 11:25:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is 25 years this month welcoming visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Newgrange and Knowth though Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre, and we remember most importantly, Professor George Eogan’s work, which he began 60 years ago this week with excavations at Knowth that revealed the largest passage tomb site in Western Europe,” “As custodians of Ireland’s most iconic and recognisable heritage sites, the Office of Public Works is proud to build and maintain that connection between the past, present and future, and I want to thank all those in the community, in academia and in our partner organisations who support us in deepening and strengthening that bond. This publication was funded by the National Monuments Service, the Heritage Council and Meath County Council” External link

independent-ie-regional Thursday, June 23, 2022 1:34:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The appointment of consultants today by Cavan County Council, working closely with the Office of Public Works, means that this Government – in just four years – has increased to ninety, the number of flood relief schemes being delivered across the country. For the local community in Cavan, it means that 54 homes and 56 non-residential properties at risk of flooding in the town will be protected when this flood relief scheme is completed. The scheme design will be developed by the consultants in consultation with the community, who will have the opportunity to engage with the proposals through extensive public consultation throughout the process” External link

anglocelt Thursday, May 26, 2022 4:52:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan saying : “either we are for the new hospital or we are not” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, May 18, 2022 11:14:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “But it is really important that our response to flooding is robustly designed and incorporates the views of the community it is designed to protect. I encourage all stakeholders to share their experience of, and knowledge on, flood events and to actively input into the development of the flood relief scheme for Bantry from the very start,” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, May 15, 2022 3:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan concluded : “Assessment of the application is ongoing and the council will be advised of the outcome when completed,” External link

eecho Friday, April 29, 2022 9:35:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The deputy gets a lot of speaking time in this Chamber. He is no stranger to taking a lot of credit for some of the stuff the Government is doing in County Limerick. During some of the times he uses that speaking time here, he might put in the odd plug for the positive stuff we are doing as well, because it is not all negative,” External link

limerickleader Friday, April 15, 2022 5:54:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “In response to Deputy O'Donoghue, I do not need to be reminded of my job. I am well capable of being reminded of that by the people of County Limerick. Having been returned by them three times now, I must be doing something right,” External link

limerickleader Friday, April 15, 2022 5:54:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “I have no doubt Annes Grove will become a vibrant destination for visitors and will provide significant support to the economic and cultural development in the North Cork region,” External link

independent-ie-regional Friday, April 8, 2022 7:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is on track to lodge a planning application in 2022 for the conservation of the main house, ancillary buildings in the farmyard, for car and bus parking and staff facilities,” “All of these works will contribute to creating a world-class visitor experience at Annes Grove to rival the very best existing sites throughout Ireland,” External link

independent-ie-regional Friday, April 8, 2022 7:41:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The OPW is on track to lodge a planning application in 2022 for the conservation of the main house, ancillary buildings in the farmyard, car and bus parking and staff facilities,” External link

eecho Thursday, April 7, 2022 8:38:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Throughout 2016–2019, good progress was made on repairing/rebuilding estate walls, roads, paths and car parking facilities. Windows and plasterwork were restored to the front of the house and new roofs installed on some of the 18th century farmyard buildings. Many overgrown areas were cut back and replanting works commenced,” External link

independent-ie-regional Wednesday, April 6, 2022 1:33:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “It is envisaged that Annes Grove Gardens will become a strong destination for visitors, particularly international visitors with an interest in gardens,” “The scale of ambition for Annes Grove is substantial and is subject to available funding and resources. The OPW plans to open the site on a phased basis, beginning with an initial offering where visitors can access the extensive garden and riverside walks and enjoy an on-sire catering offering,” External link

independent-ie-regional Wednesday, April 6, 2022 1:33:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said ( about Minister Coveney ) : “There are a number of different tactics that have been taken by the West and more will be announced tonight. The Minister for Foreign Affairs I spoke to him last night there is a meeting of the European Council of Foreign Ministers and I expect further sanctions to be announced tonight when the foreign ministers meet,” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, February 27, 2022 4:12:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Paul Smithwick will be missed, a charismatic, courteous and mannerly man with a wonderful ability to connect with people, a great affinity for Irish heritage and a love of music,” External link

irishtimes Saturday, February 26, 2022 2:04:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “The starting gun has been fired on the development of the Shannon Estuary” “The Estuary is critical in terms of its strategic importance, not only regionally but nationally as well. The Shannon Estuary as I see it is not fulfilling its full potential in terms of its overall capacity to the country. It’s the deepest natural estuary in the country. It has roadway connectivity and broadband connectivity,​ good harbours, it has the airport connection. There is a big asset base which is State owned,” External link

limerickleader Thursday, February 24, 2022 12:09:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan told : “The Minister of Foreign Affairs is concerned, he’s not happy about this, particularly with the heightened situation,” External link

belfasttelegraph Monday, January 24, 2022 12:44:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan outlined : "First, the commitment of the OPW and Mayo County Council is well documented. " External link

con-telegraph Sunday, January 23, 2022 2:17:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : "The Holocaust represents an event at the limits, a core event in which a shared European memory is rooted that we in Ireland are part of. But it is only through our own personal engagement with the past that we can understand its legacy and continued relevance to our present and future. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:51:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Watching the light creep into the 5,000-year-old passage tomb in real time is a moving event that has the power to fill us both with wonder at the ancient architects’ ingenuity and with hope for the future,” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, December 21, 2021 1:29:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Watching the light creep into the 5,000-year-old passage tomb in real time is a moving event that has the power to fill us both with wonder at the ancient architects’ ingenuity and with hope for the future,” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, December 21, 2021 10:52:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Watching the light creep into the 5,000-year-old passage tomb in real time is a moving event that has the power to fill us both with wonder at the ancient architects’ ingenuity and with hope for the future,” External link

irishtimes Monday, December 20, 2021 1:53:00 PM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Watching the light creep into the 5,000-year-old passage tomb in real time is a moving event that has the power to fill us both with wonder at the ancient architects’ ingenuity and with hope for the future,” External link

irishtimes Monday, December 20, 2021 11:16:00 AM EAT

Patrick O Donovan said : “Watching the light creep into the 5,000-year-old passage tomb in real time is a moving event that has the power to fill us both with wonder at the ancient architects’ ingenuity and with hope for the future,” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:34:00 PM EAT

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



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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Denis Naughten said ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : “But sadly that proposal was not accepted,” “I’ve been speaking privately to Minister Patrick O’Donovan of the OPW and he believes that’s what’s needed, but we need all the officials, including the Dept of Agriculture, because farmers can’t be ignored” External link

westmeathindependent Sunday, July 17, 2022 3:36:00 PM EAT

John Kiely outlined ( about Patrick O Donovan ) : ”Today again getting the likes of Patrick O’Donovan and Adam (English) in and getting Oisin (O’Reilly) back on the field and game time into lads who might not have got a lot of game time last year - that’s really important from their perspective in terms of development and confidence. We got to try and build their confidence levels and it is only outside on the pitch that you will do that. Young Rory Duff in midfield has been out of the inter-county scene now for a couple of years and coming back in after a good campaign with Mungret. It’s important from a confidence perspective to get a bit of game time. It drives them on for the subsequent weeks in training,” External link

limerickleader Monday, January 17, 2022 12:32:00 PM EAT

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