Public should now think outside the box & explore hidden gems in their county with hashtag #HiddenYourCounty

In Blog, Tourism by Denis Naughten

  Now that the Country has opened up on a County basis I would encourage people to ‘think outside the box’ a bit and not congregate around the most popular destinations and instead explore some of the hidden gems in their county. I would actively encourage communities to promote their local amenities by using the hashtag #Hidden followed by their county such …

Tourism & Recreation opportunities on our cut away bogs

In Blog, Business & Jobs, East Galway, East-Roscommon, Environment, Families, Jobs, South Roscommon, Tourism by Denis Naughten

I recently had the opportunity to question An Taoiseach with regard to the development of new employment & tourism opportunities on our local cut away bogs. Below is an outline of two of the many opportunities. Watch my full engagement with the Taoiseach at the end of this post. National Wetland Park in the North Midlands   As you will be aware …

General Tips for Working From Home

In Blog, Jobs by Denis Naughten

The Citizens Information have summarised general tips to help you look after your health and well-being while working from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic. Try to: Stick to your normal routine as much as possible, starting your day as you normally would: shower, getting dressed and eating breakfast. Keep times for lunch, dinner as close to normal as you can. …

Are you included on the new broadband map?

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

Now that National Broadband Ireland is starting to plan for the rollout of broadband in County Roscommon & East Galway it is important that people check their colour code on the National Broadband Map at www.broadband.gov.ie If people, particularly in towns and villages, are not getting at least 30Mbps consistently then they need to make sure that they are amber …

After 50 days of infection we get action on meat plants

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

50 days after the first Covid 19 infections were diagnosed within meat plants – and after four weeks of persistently raising this issue with authorities along with a handful of other TDs – we eventually get movement from the HSE, the Health and Safety Authority & the Department of Agriculture.   50 days after the initial infections in plants, the …

Why is nobody enforcing the Covid laws in meat plants?

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Simon Harris told Dáil Éireann earlier that the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) carried out 190 inspections of premises on Monday & Tuesday of this week. And the HSA told the Dáil Covid Committee on Tuesday that it had carried out no inspection of meat plants: https://www.farmersjournal.ie/no-inspections-carried-out-in-meat-plants-hsa-546965   And while I have received reports of Health & Safety Authority inspectors …

Restart grant for small businesses opening next Friday

In Blog, Business & Jobs by Denis Naughten

Details have been announced today of a Restart Grant for small businesses.   This will be available to businesses employing 1-50 people and with a turnover under €5m. The grant will be the equivalent to the rates bill paid by the business in 2019 and will amount to between €2,000 and €50,000. It is intended as a grant towards the …

Has your organisation seen a drop in funding due to COVID-19?

In Blog, News by Denis Naughten

You may be eligible to avail of funding through a €40 support package for Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises The purpose of this funding is to help alleviate funding challenges faced by organisations most in need A large number of these organisations are providing critical services to vulnerable individuals and groups in society arising from the COVID-19 …

Postponement of the Leaving Cert

In Blog, Young People by Denis Naughten

Leaving Certificate students who do not accept their calculated grades can appeal them. We were told at a briefing with the Department of Education that they will also have the chance to sit one or all of the exams in November & get a revised higher grade or hold their existing grade. While this will be too late to get …