Why Ireland won’t benefit from US natural gas deal

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Energy by Denis Naughten

Last Friday, the European Council accepted an offer from the US for deliveries of natural gas to reduce our dependence on Russian gas and to help address energy costs. Because natural gas is a key element of electricity generation in Ireland, it has to the potential to reduce costs here. But as we have no way of storing the gas, …

Update on autism education provision locally

In Blog, Education, Families by Denis Naughten

There is currently a very serious shortage of autism school places for local children.   I’ve worked in the past with a number of local primary and post-primary schools to establish specialist classes to meet the needs of local students, rather than forcing them to travel long distances to avail of an education.   The ASD issue has been highlighted …

Knockcroghery by-pass and redesignation of N61 to Roscommon Town

In Blog, Infrastructure, Jobs, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, South Roscommon, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Attached is a copy of the reply that I received from Transport Infrastructure Ireland after raising the issue of the Knockcroghery by-pass and redesignation of N61 to Roscommon Town with the Minister for Transport.     From: Oireachtas <Oireachtas@tii.ie> Sent: 22 March 2022 10:40 To: Denis Naughten <Denis.Naughten@oireachtas.ie> Subject: [POSSIBLE SPAM] Parliamentary Question Ref. No. 12439/22 –- Knockcroghery by-pass and …

Children being abandoned on waiting lists in Roscommon & Galway

In Blog, Disability, Families, Health, Posts by Topic, Young People by Denis Naughten

Last week I raised the appalling waiting list for local children in the Dáil. This is what I said: There are 436 children awaiting physiotherapy appointments in County Galway, some of whom have been waiting 176 weeks for such appointments. There are 95 children awaiting these appointments in County Roscommon. On speech and language waiting lists, 971 children were awaiting …

Ban on mandatory retirement key to address pension deficit

In Blog, Older People by Denis Naughten

As Cathoirleach of the Oireachtas Social Protection Committee I would argue that there is a viable alternative to increasing the retirement age for the State pension.   It has been very positive to see that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection report on pensions has created debate not just around the retirement age, but broader issues related to pensions …

Government has to stop families being charged for data centre electricity

In Blog, Energy, Environment, Families, Infrastructure by Denis Naughten

  Our electricity prices are among the most expensive in Europe, with Irish families paying, on average, €180 extra for electricity annually. This is partly as a result of Irish families being forced to subsidise the cost of electricity, grid connections and backup supplies for existing and already planned speculative data centres. The Government decided in 2018 to stop the …

Long Covid: The UK evidence

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

An UK colleague just passed on a copy of a research paper produced by the UK Parliament on long Covid. The paper indicates that Long Covid is a complex condition, presenting several symptoms and affecting multiple organs and systems.   There is uncertainty about the prevalence of Long Covid symptoms in adults and children following infection. The Office for National …

Credit Union Update

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

I recently attended a meeting of local Credit Unions to explore ways that they could help support local economic growth. I firmly believe that the Credit Union movement has a key roll to play when it comes to providing community banking across many parts of Ireland, now that the main banks have left. The basic independent banking infrastructure already exists …

The future of the Science Gallery

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Last Tuesday, I raised the issue of the future of the Science Gallery with An Taoiseach in Dáil Éireann pointing out that its closure would undermine our strategy as a country to position itself as a world leader in science & technology. In response, An Taoiseach Micheal Martin TD pointed out that the Government has offered to fund the facility “for several …