Social Housing Fund to benefit local people

In Disability, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Roscommon and Galway Councils shouldn’t hesitate to access a national fund of €14 million to improve the homes of people with disabilities and those of older people in our communities, according to local Minister Denis Naughten. The fund is being made available for improvements such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, and wet rooms in local social housing. The Government …

Cigarettes account for more than half of litter in Roscommon

In Environment, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Cigarette butts account for more than half the litter on our streets nationally and here in Roscommon, according to Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten who has published the 2017 National Litter Pollution Report. The report by his Department’s Litter Monitoring Body reveals the extent, causes and composition of litter across the country. “In Roscommon just under 30% of areas …

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Local Facebook users join Child Rescue Alert Scheme

In Families, News, Young People by Denis Naughten

Facebook users in our local communities are to receive alerts when there are fears a child has been abducted under a new agreement with Gardaí, according to local Minister Denis Naughten. Child Rescue Alerts, which are normally issued by Gardaí to radio, television, and placed on motorway electronic signs, will now also be posted on Facebook feeds. Minister Naughten says …

Naughten welcomes funding for Roscommon-Galway projects to support children and families

In Families, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten is pleased to confirm that over €95,000 has been allocated by Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone to projects in Roscommon and Galway that will support young people and their families in local communities. “€65,834 has been allocated to two projects in Roscommon. The Roscommon County Childcare Committee will receive €17,150 and the Western Region Drug and Alcohol …

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Minister Naughten delighted with positivity of ‘Reimagining St. Brigid’s’ event

In Business & Jobs, Campaigns, East Galway, Education, Environment, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten recently held a discussion-based workshop in Ballinasloe as the second phase of his project ‘Reimagining St. Brigid’s’. The event brought together representatives of State agencies as well as businesses and community representatives from throughout the area. Speaking about the positivity and energy of the event, Minister Naughten said: “This project has been about stimulating debate about …

Parents shouldn’t have been forced to wait years for answers – Naughten

In East Galway, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Minister Denis Naughten has reiterated his belief that parents deserved answers at the time of serious incidents involving their babies at Portiuncula Hospital rather than waiting years for inquiries to be completed. This follows a Dáil debate last week on the publication of the External Independent Clinical Review of Maternity Services at Portiuncula University Hospital. “My thoughts remain with the …

Libraries set for a Government backed overhaul – Minister Naughten

In Education, Families, Local Issues, News, Older People, Young People by Denis Naughten

Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that fees for overdue library books are to be scrapped, longer library opening hours are on the way and a universal library membership register will be set up under new plans approved by Cabinet to encourage more people to use their local libraries. These measures are part of a new Government strategy and investment worth …

Naughten welcomes start of design work on AIT and GMIT new buildings

In Education, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Strong focus on STEM, including ICT, Engineering and Life Sciences, will drive regional growth Minister Denis Naughten is very pleased to welcome the appointment of design teams to Athlone Institute of Technology and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology for the construction of new STEM facilities. The design teams of architects and engineers will now bring the projects through the initial design …

Young people with disabilities in Roscommon to benefit from €634k funding

In Disability, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten is pleased to confirm that significant funding has been allocated by the Government to support young people with disabilities in Roscommon. Under the Government’s Ability Programme, €633,919 has been allocated to Roscommon Leader Partnership for services preparing young people with disabilities for the job market. Mentoring, further education and training are part of the services designed …