Monksland Broadband Update

In Blog, Local Issues by Denis Naughten

Last week I received the following update from Eircom regarding the roll out of high speed broadband to the Monksland area- There are several cabinets in this area, and not all work is completed which is not helping with the confusion. The snapshot below of Google Earth also includes the locations of our cabinets (green roadside cabinets which we use …

Williamstown Water Update

In Blog by Denis Naughten

I’ve been informed by Irish Water that they have now decided to proceed with a temporary upgrade of the water supply, which will allow the boil water notice to be lifted. Irish Water have ordered a new treatment system which will be delivered in July/August, which will allow the boil water notice to be lifted in approximately 12 weeks from …

BT Young Scientist exhibition

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Yesterday, I visited the BT Young Scientist exhibition in Dublin. It was great to experience the buzz around the RDS. There were some 40 projects from local pupils, all extremely interesting. I had the opportunity to speak directly with those involved in 17 of these projects. (Others were either tied up with judges or had popped away from their stand …

Update on upgrade of Roscommon water supplies

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Attached is the latest (revised again!) dates from Irish Water on upgrading of water schemes in County Roscommon. Roscommon RWSS Project Status December 2014 On the boil water issue Irish Water now expect that the boil water notices to be lifted on all schemes by the end of March 2015 except for South Roscommon which is now facing a further …

Reform of child benefit can deliver for future generations

In Blog by Denis Naughten

n the Dail yesterday I raised the urgent need to reform the way we pay child benefit in this Country.

Since children returned to school in September the Department of Social Protection has recommenced its policy of issuing 600,000 letters to parents to see if their child is in school or in the country; replicating a process that is already carried out by the National Education Welfare Board on behalf of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs.

Our health services, where to from here?

In Blog by Denis Naughten

But let’s get two things clear:

1. HIQA did NOT say that Roscommon A&E had to be closed but instead said that at the time it could not remain open in its current guise where every patient, regardless of complexity, was presented at the door.

Covidien & Local Jobs

In Blog, East-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Before the Dáil broke up for the summer & following speculation locally, I raised the issue of the merger of the companies Medtronic & Covidien with Minister Richard Bruton.

Survival of local Post Offices

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Earlier this week I attended a meeting, in Ballinasloe, of the National Post Office Users Association. Their objective is to campaign on behalf of those who use the post office, for the retention of local services. I outlined to the committee that I fully support this objective and pointed out that in many instances the local post office is now …

Who is fooling who, on the medical card issue?

In Blog by Denis Naughten

On 17th June Government announced the reinstatement of discretionary medical cards over  On that day, the public was told, according to the Department of Health, that the Health Service Executive will be able to undertake an “expeditious reinstatement” of the cards within a matter of weeks without changing the law. On 25th June at a meeting between the HSE and TDs we …

Broadband in Monksland, Co. Roscommon

In Blog by Denis Naughten

  Earlier today I received a briefing from Eircom regarding the roll out of its next generation broadband high speed network (efibre) to the Monksland area of South Roscommon Eircom pointed out that  “there are a number of exchanges serving the telecommunication street-side cabinets in the Athlone area.    A key dependency in the Monksland locality is that most of the …