Information on Services and Supports for Rural Dwellers

In Blog, East Galway by Denis Naughten

click on link for information booklet: GRD Rural Resources PDF   Over the last period of time Galway Rural Development (GRD)has written a series of very helpful information booklets.   While focused primarily on County Galway the information is relevant to all rural dwellers. For the contact details of the agencies in County Roscommon please contact me on 090 6627557 …

Live Performance Support Scheme 2021 is now open for applications

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Live Performance Support Scheme 2021 is open for applications. This new scheme builds on the very successful outcomes of the previous pilot scheme which recently provided thousands of days of employment to hundreds of musicians, actors, crew and technicians when no other opportunities were available. This enhanced scheme will provide significant job opportunities, with thousands of musicians, performers, crew and …

Why are family carers forgotten as back office staff are vaccinated?

In Blog, Families, Health, Older People, Young People by Denis Naughten

We need straight answers from the doctors advising Government on vaccine roll out!   Last December, before any vaccination priority list was published, I made contact with An Taoiseach asking that family carers be included on the vaccine prioritisation list.   The reasons I asked for family carers to be included as a priority was:   Firstly, they are the …

Families to be left without proper broadband as they fail to report problems

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Hundreds of families could be left without proper broadband because they have failed to check their broadband colour code. Again, over the last number of days I’ve come across families who are struggling with their broadband, but will be bypassed by the National Broadband Plan, because they have failed to report their broadband problems to the Department of Communications. Despite …

Today we stand with the people of Belarus

In Blog by Denis Naughten

      I was recently asked to ‘adopt’ a political prisoner in Belarus. His name is Aliaksei Sanchuk. Aliaksei was detained on November 4 in Minsk together with at least 10 other musicians. When detained, Aliaksei was beaten and forced to unlock the screen of his smartphone. He is charged under Article 342 of the Belarusian Criminal Code for …

Dáil debate on change in law “to act as real deterrent against theft of pets”

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Earlier this evening a debate took place in Dail Éireann on the possibility of introducing stronger laws to act as a real deterrent against the theft. Here is what was said:   Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne) …….There is an amendment on the …

Hospital acquired Covid infection must be tackled

In Blog by Denis Naughten

https://youtu.be/ipbYDkGXYGk Following my questioning of the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in the Dáil last Thursday on the issue of picking up Covid infection in our hospitals, we have had the disclosure that in at least one hospital  up to 5% of staff were unknowingly Covid positive; and we now have the admission that 40 people a day have picked up Covid …

Processing of Primary Medical Certs will have to await easing of Covid restrictions

In Blog, Disability by Denis Naughten

Over the last number of months, I have been pursuing the issue of the suspension of Primary Medical Certificates and I was relieved to be told by the Minister for Finance on 16th November that the HSE had been directed to recommence processing of these applications. See here: See the full discussion here: https://youtu.be/w4hos1FpGjI   However, the following day after …

Responses with regard to Lough Funshinagh

In Blog, Families, Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Over the last number of days I have received a number of Dáil replies along with a reply from the GSI. I’m also attaching a copy of a statement which I have issued following my engagement with the Ministers concerned and raising issues with regard to Minister Ryan’s reply. I have also spoken directly with the Chairman of the OPW …

Dáil replies on Lough Funshinagh flooding

In Agriculture, Blog, Families, Mid-Roscommon, Older People by Denis Naughten

Attached are Dáil replies that I received this week on the flooding at Lough Funshinagh. As you can see some of the replies disappointingly are still outstanding. I have also submitted written queries on last weeks Dáil replies to the Heritage Division and the Geological Survey. I understand that a follow up meeting to this weeks Ministerial meeting is now …