Letter to the Director of the Prison Service regarding the cost of footballs.

In Blog by Denis Naughten

  Dear Mr. Donnellan,   In recent days there has been much discussion regarding the amount spent by the prison service on providing footballs to inmates. While I appreciate that measures such as adding netting under the razor wire may represents a security issue, I would like to draw your attention to a product which may be a more suitable …

Changes to Farm Assist scheme

In Agriculture, Blog by Denis Naughten

Reply from Minister Joan Burton:   Page 1 & Page 2   My preceding question: Dear Minister Burton, I am writing to you requesting an immediate review of plans to change the means assessment for the Farm Assist scheme which, as proposed, will have a detrimental impact on small holders who rely on this payment to remain in farming and …

A National Budget for Children with Life Limiting Conditions

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

  Dear Minister Reilly, As you are aware, at any one time there are roughly 1,400 children in Ireland with life limiting conditions. Their families often face an uphill struggle to try to get the home supports required to ensure that their child can, firstly return home from hospital and secondly remain in the home for as long as possible.   …

Education Committee must confront SUSI crisis

In Blog, Education, Young People by Denis Naughten

  Dear Deputy Tuffy, I am writing to request that you, in your capacity as Chairperson of the Committee on Education and Social Protection, call an emergency meeting of the Committee to address the current delays faced by students applying to the new Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) system. As I am sure you will agree, over the past number …

Early Childhood Care and Education Graduation

In Blog, Education by Denis Naughten

  This week I was delighted to speak at the graduation of the Early Childhood Care and Education course of St. Josephs College, Summerhill, Athlone. Here is what was said:   Firstly, I would like to thank Principal Liam Nally and Course Co-ordinator  Bernie Murray for inviting me to address graduates this afternoon. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate each and …

Letter to Minister James Reilly

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

  Dear Minister Reilly,   Further to your parliamentary reply of the 3rd of October (below), I am writing to you to request that the current vaccines on the board of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service be filled as a matter of urgency. As a frequent blood donor myself I am as aware of the demand for blood and blood …

End of Emergency Services in Nenagh is all too familiar

In Blog by Denis Naughten

From today, emergency calls to the Ambulance Service which traditionally went to Nenagh General Hospital will be diverted to Limerick as the HSE has shut down their 12hr A&E service and replace it with an injury unit. Having already lost their 24 hour A&E in April 2009, this decision by the HSE is the final blow to emergency care in …

FIS delays are failing working families.

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Yesterday I did an interview with RTE on the unacceptable backlog in processing Family Income Supplement (FIS) payments within the Department of Social Protection, which you can view here. The FIS is a weekly payment which aims to supplement the income of low paid working parents; however families in low income employment are currently facing a wait of a staggering …

Elaine’s story is one of many; let’s try to make it the last

In Blog by Denis Naughten

The heart wrenching story last week of 19 year old Elaine Curley and her death on route to Galway hospital brought home to many people the stark reality of the ambulance service which, in the case of the people of Roscommon, replaced our A&E. The protocol for the ambulance service is to get patients with major trauma, road traffic accident …

Meeting with NAMA

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Recently, I commented on Twitter regarding my frustration with delays by NAMA in dealing with proposals which had the potential to create jobs locally. Within 24 hours, I had a phone call from Mr. Martin Whelan, Relationship Manager with NAMA, looking to set up a meeting with Mr. Brendan McDonagh Chief Executive of NAMA. Last week I had the opportunity …