€4m in additional LEADER funding will assist new projects

In Agriculture, Blog, Business & Jobs by Denis Naughten

Yesterday, I questioned Minister of State, Joe O’Brien on a constant issue being raised by the Members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Rural & Community Affairs, & the Islands, and that is transitional funding for LEADER Companies across the country   The Minister confirmed the imminent announcement of an additional €4m LEADER funding on top of €40m already committed …

Pets are much more that property- the law on theft should reflect this!

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Pets are much more than property, they are very much part of a family in homes across our country: sometimes the only friend to someone who is isolated; the guide for someone who is blind or has other sensory issues. This needs to be clearly reflected in much stronger legislation especially with increased opportunity for criminals on the run into …

Key Mother & Baby Home Report will be publish, but not yet says Minister

In Blog, Disability, Education, Families, Health by Denis Naughten

The Minister for Children has committed to publication of the 6th interim report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, but not until the final report is published sometime over the coming weeks.   This was disclosed in a parliamentary reply that I received earlier this evening which I have included below.   It is disappointing that …

We need to change the way we manage Covid 19

In Agriculture, Blog, Business & Jobs, Disability, Education, Families, Health, Jobs, Older People, Posts by Topic, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

The problem with lockdowns is that we don’t know what bits work and don’t work. Each and every one of these measures are having a direct impact on the mental health of every person in this country. We could potentially have further lockdowns for Valentine’s Day and our 4th lockdown over the June Bank Holiday Weekend.  The only way to …

New Climate Bill is anti-Irish

In Agriculture, Blog, Environment by Denis Naughten

The new Climate Bill presently going through Dáil Eireann is anti-Irish, and this approach is being further locked into these new laws through the present EU re-negotiation of our 2030 climate targets. Don’t get me wrong, climate change must be addressed and I believe we do need a new climate law to make that happen in Ireland, both urban & rural. As …

Calling all pubs, restaurants, visitor centres, attractions, accommodation providers -Only 2 days to register for Fáilte Ireland’s Covid-19 support fund

In Blog, Business & Jobs by Denis Naughten

Calling all pubs, restaurants, visitor centres, attractions, accommodation providers – Only 2 days to register for Fáilte Ireland’s Covid-19 support fund.   If you have incurred costs adapting your business in line with the Government’s sector-specific Guidelines for Re-opening, you may be eligible to receive between €500 and €15,000.   Have you registered yet?   The €26m COVID-19 Adaptation Fund …

Mother & Baby clarity welcome but we still don’t know what records we are talking about

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

The clarity that came from the Government last night in relation to mother and baby home records and personal data and its accessibility under GDPR is very welcome.   It is important to point out right up until last year the plan was to “completely seal [the records] for a period of at least 75 years following which access to them would be subject …

€500 fine for visiting grave , but you can travel to Belmullet for a prescription

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

Under regulations introduced by Government the 5km travel restriction has been abolished except for exercise but you can’t visit a graveyard even if it’s next door to your home. But this new law is a complete contradiction to what is presently set out under Level 5 on the Governments website. Because  of these contradictions it is now legal to go …

An alternative model for Carbon Taxes

In Blog by Denis Naughten

I opposed the increase in the rate of carbon tax earlier this week because I vehemently disagree with the current carbon tax structure as it fails to differentiate between those who can avoid paying this tax and those who do not have any choice but to pay it. This is what I said in Dáil Éireann: https://youtu.be/MG1sdsKdZas   While Budget 2021 …

Unfair that Leaving Cert students will get no support for November exam

In Blog, Families, Young People by Denis Naughten

After having their Leaving Cert exam deferred and then abandoned. After all the confusion with calculated grades and 6,000 student results upgraded due to coding errors. Even though students have not been in school since last March; the 2,820 students who opted to sit their Leaving Cert exam in November will get NO support from the Department of Education. Are …