Business must apply for €4k+ grant

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Jobs, News by Denis Naughten

The Restart Grant Plus is set to close to many local businesses soon. The grant provides direct grant aid to businesses with up to 250 employees to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures. The minimum grant is €4,000 and the maximum grant is €25,000. Top-ups are available for eligible pubs, bars and nightclubs that …

Post Offices must be the Government’s off-line gateway

In Blog, Families, Infrastructure, Jobs, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

While Government policy is to offer Government services online particularly now as a result of Covid 19, there will always be a segment of the population that are not comfortable or proficient accessing online tools or services. Due to its nationwide network and existing strong relationship with offline citizens, the Government took a decision in 2017 to develop the post …

Nurses & front line staff are mentally & physically exhausted

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

On the RTE News at One today, Phil Ni Sheaghdha of the INMO said that staff are “mentally & physically exhausted” due to a lack of adequate time off from dealing with Covid 19 during the summer when there is less pressure on our health service. This comment was made 11 weeks after I specifically asked An Taoiseach to provide …

“Kerrygold” brand needed for Irish suckler beef

In Agriculture, Blog by Denis Naughten

“Kerrygold” brand needed for Irish suckler beef The current discussion, heated at times, about the proposed PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status for Irish beef is fundamental to the future viability of suckler farming in Ireland. Firstly, what we are talking about is having a premium brand for Irish Beef that is endosed by the EU, similar to the current Kerrygold brand …

Free Start your own business course

In Blog, Business & Jobs, East-Roscommon, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, North-Roscommon, South Roscommon, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

STRICTLY FOR COUNTY ROSCOMMON CLIENTS    DELIVERED REMOTELY VIA ZOOM: PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE GOOD WI-FI CONNECTION & BROADBAND SPEED FOR THIS TRAINING. A LAPTOP WITH A SPEAKER AND A CAMERA IS REQUIRED. This six week (one evening per week) Start Your Own Business course is suitable for anyone thinking of starting a business or who has recently done so. Dates: Wednesdays: September 9th, …

Families should check eligibility for Back to School allowances

In Blog, Families, Video by Denis Naughten

Families who are on social welfare including the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, who have not received a letter from the Department of Social Protection regarding their eligibility for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, to check if they can avail of the scheme. The scheme provides a one-off payment to eligible families to assist with the costs of school …

Meat plant problem was brought to the attention of authorities months ago

In Agriculture, Blog, Health, Jobs, News, Video by Denis Naughten

Just three months ago, I was criticised for highlighting Covid-19 problems within the meat industry. https://denisnaughten.ie/2020/05/13/fundamental-flaws-in-covid-protections-in-meat-industry-must-be-addressed-naughten/ Those in authority were more interested in tacking the man than addressing the fundamental problems that were occurring right across the meat processing sector. The risk posed within the sector arose due to the close quarters within which people work & live, the atmosphere for survival and transmission of the virus …

Childcare workers need a living wage

In Blog, Families, Jobs by Denis Naughten

Watch what I said here:  https://youtu.be/2hIebLI7oKw Speaking in the Dáil last night I pointed out that we must develop a childcare model which will ensure childcare staff are paid a living wage without pushing up fees for parents. The Programme for Government states “we will progress to a living wage over the lifetime of the Government”. So let’s start with …

Phase 4 deferred as Government ignores advice of Regional TDs

In Blog, Business & Jobs by Denis Naughten

I’m deeply disappointed that Government has deferred phase 4 of the lifting of the Coronavirus lockdown, which is in no small way due to the fact that it has ignored constructive advice provided to it by the Regional group of TDs.   Last March we highlighted the issue of house parties and we were assured by Government that we had …