Reform of child benefit can deliver for future generations

In Blog by Denis Naughten

n the Dail yesterday I raised the urgent need to reform the way we pay child benefit in this Country.

Since children returned to school in September the Department of Social Protection has recommenced its policy of issuing 600,000 letters to parents to see if their child is in school or in the country; replicating a process that is already carried out by the National Education Welfare Board on behalf of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs.

Our health services, where to from here?

In Blog by Denis Naughten

But let’s get two things clear:

1. HIQA did NOT say that Roscommon A&E had to be closed but instead said that at the time it could not remain open in its current guise where every patient, regardless of complexity, was presented at the door.

Covidien & Local Jobs

In Blog, East-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Before the Dáil broke up for the summer & following speculation locally, I raised the issue of the merger of the companies Medtronic & Covidien with Minister Richard Bruton.

Survival of local Post Offices

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Earlier this week I attended a meeting, in Ballinasloe, of the National Post Office Users Association. Their objective is to campaign on behalf of those who use the post office, for the retention of local services. I outlined to the committee that I fully support this objective and pointed out that in many instances the local post office is now …

Who is fooling who, on the medical card issue?

In Blog by Denis Naughten

On 17th June Government announced the reinstatement of discretionary medical cards over  On that day, the public was told, according to the Department of Health, that the Health Service Executive will be able to undertake an “expeditious reinstatement” of the cards within a matter of weeks without changing the law. On 25th June at a meeting between the HSE and TDs we …

Broadband in Monksland, Co. Roscommon

In Blog by Denis Naughten

  Earlier today I received a briefing from Eircom regarding the roll out of its next generation broadband high speed network (efibre) to the Monksland area of South Roscommon Eircom pointed out that  “there are a number of exchanges serving the telecommunication street-side cabinets in the Athlone area.    A key dependency in the Monksland locality is that most of the …

Submission to on proposed pricing structure for domestic water

In Blog by Denis Naughten

  Unmetered Tariff I believe that the structure of any unmetered tariff, should 1) reflect in so far is feasible, the water consumption of households of similar make up that are on a metered charge and 2) provide an option of having a meter installed, if the household believes that the unmetered tariff unfairly reflects actual water usage Transition Period …

Cause of bank collapse and responsibility for property bubble

In Blog by Denis Naughten

  I had a very interesting conversation with my colleague Peter Mathews TD earlier this week regarding one of the core causes of our banking bubble. It was all in the context of the various banks coming before the Dail Finance committee this week. Peter pointed out that we had reckless bankers who broke one of the fundamental rules of …

Meeting Millie’s Trust

In Blog by Denis Naughten

  Today I met with an inspirational couple – Joanne & Dan Thompson – who are in Ireland to raise awareness around the paediatric first aid courses offered by their charity Millie’s Trust. Joanne & Dan’s beautiful baby daughter Millie passed away tragically in October 2012 aged just 9 months following a choking incident that occurred while she was in …

Carbon tax on turf cutting

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Over the last number of day I have been contacted by numerous turf cutters who sell spreads of turf and are confused regarding their liability to levy the carbon tax. When this issue came up originally I raised it directly with the Revenue Commissioners who stated categorically that it is only sod turf that is dried turf, which is sold …