50% jump in number of long term children in asylum system

In Blog, Young People by Denis Naughten

While the number of people in the Direct Provision asylum system has gone down over the last 11 months, the number of children spending more than 5 years in the system has increased by a whopping 50% to 165 children. This Minister for Justice has just provided these figures to me in the Dáil reply below. The Direct Provision system …

Minister knows nothing when it comes to Long Covid

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

The Minister for Health has confirmed in a Dáil reply to me this evening that he has no idea how many people have Long-Covid symptoms or the incidence rate of Long-Covid in the population. In fact the Department does not even have an agreed definition of what Long-Covid is, yet it is clear that there are many people across the …

Reopening of in person activities

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Families, Health, Jobs by Denis Naughten

I have had quite a number of people on to me regarding the reopening of in person activities be it dance, yoga, pilates or other classes.   I’ve taken this up with Minister Stephen Donnelly TD and I’m attaching the reply that I have received from him.     Let’s hope that we have some progress next week! Denis   …

We are facing the climate equivalent of Lehman Brothers

In Agriculture, Blog, Environment, Young People by Denis Naughten

The front page of today’s Irish Farmers Journal exposes the nonsense of trying to calculate biogenic methane at national rather than international level. As Climate Minister, I pointed out to my EU and Government colleagues, that if we end up reducing dairy and beef production in Ireland, it will be replaced by agricultural production in South America. Beef production in …

Has the Department of Agriculture thrown in the towel on climate?

In Agriculture, Blog, Environment by Denis Naughten

We are exporting €8bn in beef and dairy products every year but we are investing only €2m or 0.025% in addressing agricultural methane, which leads to the question: has the Department of Agriculture thrown in the towel already?   While many of us on the constructive side of the climate debate have tried to argue for a practical approach to …

Climate Law is anti-democratic, anti-Irish, anti-climate and anti-poor – Naughten

In Blog, Environment by Denis Naughten

Speech by Denis Naughten TD on the Climate Action Bill 2021 Check against delivery This Bill, as presently drafted is Anti-democratic Anti-Irish Anti-Climate Anti-poor Don’t get me wrong, climate change must be addressed, and I believe we do need a new climate law to make it happen in Ireland, both urban & rural. As Ireland’s first Climate Minister, I did not …

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 …