We are facing the climate equivalent of Lehman Brothers

In Agriculture, Blog, Environment, Young People by Denis Naughten

The front page of today’s Irish Farmers Journal exposes the nonsense of trying to calculate biogenic methane at national rather than international level. As Climate Minister, I pointed out to my EU and Government colleagues, that if we end up reducing dairy and beef production in Ireland, it will be replaced by agricultural production in South America. Beef production in …

Has the Department of Agriculture thrown in the towel on climate?

In Agriculture, Blog, Environment by Denis Naughten

We are exporting €8bn in beef and dairy products every year but we are investing only €2m or 0.025% in addressing agricultural methane, which leads to the question: has the Department of Agriculture thrown in the towel already?   While many of us on the constructive side of the climate debate have tried to argue for a practical approach to …

Climate Law is anti-democratic, anti-Irish, anti-climate and anti-poor – Naughten

In Blog, Environment by Denis Naughten

Speech by Denis Naughten TD on the Climate Action Bill 2021 Check against delivery This Bill, as presently drafted is Anti-democratic Anti-Irish Anti-Climate Anti-poor Don’t get me wrong, climate change must be addressed, and I believe we do need a new climate law to make it happen in Ireland, both urban & rural. As Ireland’s first Climate Minister, I did not …

Information on Services and Supports for Rural Dwellers

In Blog, East Galway by Denis Naughten

click on link for information booklet: GRD Rural Resources PDF   Over the last period of time Galway Rural Development (GRD)has written a series of very helpful information booklets.   While focused primarily on County Galway the information is relevant to all rural dwellers. For the contact details of the agencies in County Roscommon please contact me on 090 6627557 …

Live Performance Support Scheme 2021 is now open for applications

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Live Performance Support Scheme 2021 is open for applications. This new scheme builds on the very successful outcomes of the previous pilot scheme which recently provided thousands of days of employment to hundreds of musicians, actors, crew and technicians when no other opportunities were available. This enhanced scheme will provide significant job opportunities, with thousands of musicians, performers, crew and …

Why are family carers forgotten as back office staff are vaccinated?

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

We need straight answers from the doctors advising Government on vaccine roll out!   Last December, before any vaccination priority list was published, I made contact with An Taoiseach asking that family carers be included on the vaccine prioritisation list.   The reasons I asked for family carers to be included as a priority was:   Firstly, they are the …

Families to be left without proper broadband as they fail to report problems

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Hundreds of families could be left without proper broadband because they have failed to check their broadband colour code. Again, over the last number of days I’ve come across families who are struggling with their broadband, but will be bypassed by the National Broadband Plan, because they have failed to report their broadband problems to the Department of Communications. Despite …

Today we stand with the people of Belarus

In Blog by Denis Naughten

      I was recently asked to ‘adopt’ a political prisoner in Belarus. His name is Aliaksei Sanchuk. Aliaksei was detained on November 4 in Minsk together with at least 10 other musicians. When detained, Aliaksei was beaten and forced to unlock the screen of his smartphone. He is charged under Article 342 of the Belarusian Criminal Code for …

Dáil debate on change in law “to act as real deterrent against theft of pets”

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Earlier this evening a debate took place in Dail Éireann on the possibility of introducing stronger laws to act as a real deterrent against the theft. Here is what was said:   Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne) …….There is an amendment on the …