If we can establish a National team to manage Covid in meat plants, why not hospitals? asks Denis Naughten

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

Leaders’ Questions Dáil Éireann debate – Thursday, 21 Jan 2021 Deputy Denis Naughten This morning, many people’s hearts sank on hearing level 5 restrictions are going to continue for at least another month. Infection figures remain stubbornly high. Throughout this pandemic, hospitals have consistently been to the fore regarding new outbreak figures. Not only are hospitals reservoirs for infection of …

Children were treated as little more than human pincushions

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Speech by Denis Naughten TD to Dáil Éireann on the  Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes   Sweeping problems under the carpet. First, I acknowledge the role my former colleague, Katherine Zappone, played in supporting the commission throughout her term of office, which was not easy at times. Most important was her engagement, in a …

Lough Funshinagh update

In Blog, Mid-Roscommon, News by Denis Naughten

Since the publication of the Roscommon County Council commissioned report on Lough Funshinagh last September I have been consistently pressing the need for action in Dáil Éireann. Here is what I have said: Here are the responses that I have received in Dáil replies from various Ministers this month: Funshinagh PQ replies Here are the previous replies referenced above: Funshinagh …

Report on the Pandemic Unemployment Scheme

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Families, Jobs, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

The Joint Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development, and the Islands, has this evening published its report on the operation of the Pandemic Unemployment Scheme, in advance of the introduction of the Social Protection Bill 2020 in the Houses of the Oireachtas tomorrow. The Committee recently completed its consideration of the Pandemic Unemployment Scheme, and undertook a detailed …

VAT exemption for visitors threatens local jobs

In Blog, East Galway, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

The introduction of a €75 threshold for non-EU visitors to Ireland in order to avail of the VAT exemption, has the potential to threaten jobs at Dubarry in Ballinasloe which employs 50 people. This is because many of the retailers who Dubarry rely on, use this VAT free exemption to promote significant sales of Dubarry products with US visitors. See …

€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 …