Local biomass key to survival of power stations – Naughten

In Agriculture, Blog, East-Roscommon, Jobs, Mid-Roscommon, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

  Earlier this week in Dáil Éireann I raised with Minister Richard Bruton the need to develop a domestic biomass industry for the midlands in order to support the two power stations in Shannonbridge & Lanesboro as well as job numbers in our area. Disappointingly we see the result of the failure to make such a move with yesterday’s ESB …

Credit Unions should not be treated as banks

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Families by Denis Naughten

Today at the Finance Committee when I failed to move my amendment (see below) to the Finance Bill seeking a freeze on the introduction of an increased Central Bank levy on credit unions, I pointed out to the Minister for Finance that the Central Bank must recognise that credit unions are not for profit, community based and volunteer led organisations. …

Update on Cuisle Holiday Resort closure

In Blog, Health, Jobs, Mid-Roscommon, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Today in Dáil Eireann with my fellow TDs, we refuted some of the ‘claims’ made by the Irish Wheelchair Association. Prior to the debate all the Oireachtas members from County Roscommon had a meeting with Minister Finian McGrath TD. We outlined our concerns and the unanimous request that the Irish Wheelchair Association postpone any decision for 12 months. Minister McGrath …

Carbon tax vote in Dáil Éireann

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Last night in Dáil Éireann I voted against the increase in the carbon tax because it fails to differentiate between those who who can avoid the tax and those who have no choice but to pay it. Carbon taxes are about driving change to a more sustainable country which is less  dependent on imported fossil fuels; it is not supposed …

Update on Bord na Mona situation

In Blog, Jobs by Denis Naughten

Update on Bord na Mona situation Today, along with other local TDs I had a meeting with the Bord na Mona group of unions where I outlined the work that I have been doing on the issue of job protection for staff over the last number of weeks. I’m attaching what I outlined to the unions below. On foot of …

Unanimous support for Naughten beef reforms

In Agriculture, Blog by Denis Naughten

https://youtu.be/sN7Bv1z3D7I REFORMS TO GIVE MORE PRICE CONTROL TO BEEF FARMERS Today, I secured the unanimous support of every TD in Dáil Eireann to bring forward 4 measures which have the potential to fundamentally shift power away from meat processors & supermarkets to beef farmers. This won’t happen overnight, but if such steps were taken 5 years ago, then we would …

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, …