Solar Panels – Supports & Planning

In Blog by Denis Naughten

I have had a number of people contact me with regard to the planning status of solar panels on roofs and the financial supports that are available to install them on buildings. Here is some information which should be useful.   Grants On the grants and other supports available, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland have a very good webpage …

Submission to Minister Bruton on job retention & job creation in the Midlands & West

In Blog, Jobs by Denis Naughten

Attached is a copy of the submission which I presented to Minister Richard Bruton TD last week outlining proposals which I believe could assist in facilitating the ‘Just Transition’ from peat production to long term sustainable jobs across the Midlands. This is very much a working document and I believe that this document should be the starting point for a …

SME supports

In Blog, Business & Jobs by Denis Naughten

Earlier this year with the support of opposition parties, I secured a legal commitment from Government to outline how we can support our local businesses which are the backbone of employment across this country. That lead to the publication of the Government report on supports for local business https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Publications/Publication-files/Overview-of-Government-Supports-for-Indigenous-Business.pdf This report lists 35 government agencies as well as 31 councils, …

Please make sure your passport is not lost or out of date

In Blog by Denis Naughten

It’s taking up to 6 weeks to replace a lost or damaged passport!   The Passport Service is currently in its peak season for passport demand with the vast majority of applications being received between February and August each year.   At present, renewal applications received through the Online Passport Renewal Service are being processed within the target turnaround time …

€300k fund for sustainable communities

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Is your community interested in developing community solutions to reduce, reuse & recycle waste? On Friday 21st June applications were opened to the community and voluntary sector to focus on creating Sustainable Communities through the Circular Economy and Sustainable Consumption and Waste. Apply for support under a new #sustainablecommunities grant scheme. Find out more here https://www.communityfoundation.ie/insights/news/100000-in-grants-to-encourage-sustainable-communities?fbclid=IwAR1l12biq2J1UPQB769aVkER9dhZP3D9kTOM0f2UhFR8LGzfKKIvczWpNKw

Why did Labour kick broadband ownership decision beyond 2016 election?

In Blog, Infrastructure by Denis Naughten

I’ve been amazed at some of the commentary this week by former Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD. Brenda has taken a new found interest in the ownership model on broadband infrastructure but yet has failed to explain why he and then Communications Minister Alex White, decided not to make a decision on the ownership model for …

Broadband will be more important than electricity

In Blog, Infrastructure by Denis Naughten

There is nobody in Ireland who believes that any home, regardless of location, should be without electricity. That belief is what drove the politicians of the last century to deliver on rural electrification. If that decision was determined purely on a cost benefit analysis then today we would have homes in Ireland without this basic human requirement. But could we …

€1.5m handout to disappearing children

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Each year 900 children disappear from our primary schools; the Department of Education does not know where they have gone. But the Department of Social Protection continues to hand out €1.5m a year in child benefit payments to their parents. It’s good to talk, so why don’t our schools, Tusla and Social Welfare talk to each other? It’s time not …

We must press the pause button on issuing licences for oil exploration

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Over the last year I’ve had the opportunity to change Irish Government policy and to review other aspects of policy. As a result I’ve changed my mind on the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Amendment) (Climate Emergency Measures) Bill 2018 and I believe that Ireland should not issue new oil exploration licences in our territorial waters.   My view has …