Why did Labour kick broadband ownership decision beyond 2016 election?

In Blog, Infrastructure by Denis Naughten

I’ve been amazed at some of the commentary this week by former Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD. Brenda has taken a new found interest in the ownership model on broadband infrastructure but yet has failed to explain why he and then Communications Minister Alex White, decided not to make a decision on the ownership model for …

Broadband will be more important than electricity

In Blog, Infrastructure by Denis Naughten

There is nobody in Ireland who believes that any home, regardless of location, should be without electricity. That belief is what drove the politicians of the last century to deliver on rural electrification. If that decision was determined purely on a cost benefit analysis then today we would have homes in Ireland without this basic human requirement. But could we …

€1.5m handout to disappearing children

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Each year 900 children disappear from our primary schools; the Department of Education does not know where they have gone. But the Department of Social Protection continues to hand out €1.5m a year in child benefit payments to their parents. It’s good to talk, so why don’t our schools, Tusla and Social Welfare talk to each other? It’s time not …

Issuing licences for oil exploration

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Over the last year I’ve had the opportunity to change Irish Government policy and to review other aspects of policy. As a result I’ve changed my mind on the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Amendment) (Climate Emergency Measures) Bill 2018 and I believe that Ireland should not issue new oil exploration licences in our territorial waters.   My view has …

Cash grants for schools, playgrounds and community wellbeing

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

I’m encouraging local community groups to work with both Roscommon & Galway County Council’s on proposals for grants that support projects in rural areas. CLÁR programme has just been launched and it provides funding for small scale projects in rural areas that have suffered significant levels of population decline. The kind of projects being funded under the 2019 CLÁR programme …

Check your broadband colour code!

In Blog, Infrastructure by Denis Naughten

Check your broadband colour code! Through the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the Government is committed to ensuring that every household and business in Ireland has access to high quality, high speed broadband of at least 30Mbps.   This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment by the telecommunications sector and a State Intervention in those areas where the …

Alternative expansion location for Dublin employers

In Blog, Business & Jobs by Denis Naughten

With 2,500 jobs announced in Dublin this week, which will put pressure on housing & office accommodation, other employers looking to expand should look to Irelands Heartlands, which is becoming a more attractive place to live & work. And where employment costs are cheaper. This is something that I’m now taking up directly with the IDA. Dublin employers can cut …

Community Energy Grants for Sports Clubs

In Blog, Families, Young People by Denis Naughten

As Minister for Energy, I worked closely with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to help focus energy supports for sporting clubs. These supports can complement other investment by Government and local communities. Click on the link to find out more EnergySupportsClubsFinal SEAI Community Grants: https://www.seai.ie/grants/community-grants/