After 50 hours of talks on the formation of a new government with both Fine Gael & Fianna Fail, it is clear that a new Government – if formed – will be a ‘watershed government’.

In Blog by Denis Naughten

This new government will either involve both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, which will bring an end to civil war politics, or it will see the establishment of a minority government which, because of its numbers, will be the very first consensus government. Either format will change the political landscape in Ireland for the better and will bring about a …

New Government must do business in a different way

In Blog by Denis Naughten

It was clear from today’s round table meeting on a partnership approach to Government, that there is an acknowledgement by all present that the Dáil must find new ways of doing business, if a Government is to be able to operate in this changed political landscape. It is my view that today’s meeting was valuable and allowed independent TD’s and …

Political Partnership Agreement is the only way to secure a stable Government

In Blog by Denis Naughten

The General Election last month gave NO political party a mandate to govern and instead the electorate has decided that we all need to work together in the interests of our country. However while many of those I have spoken with, both within political parties and outside, are determined to make up a Government I’m of the belief that there …

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Athlone Boundary Review

In Blog by Denis Naughten

325 years ago this summer the Orangemen, led by Dutch general Godart de Ginkel, marched from Mullingarto take the Connacht town of Athlone and after a 10 day bombardment they eventually took Athlone Castle. Now we have another set of ‘invaders’ marching from Mullingar. This time they want to take over the economic heart of County Roscommon and we have to …

Help for flood victims

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Now, at long last, the floods seem to have peaked and hopefully we will see them drop dramatically before we have more rain.

Why has Roscommon Hospital helipad disappeared?

In Blog by Denis Naughten

I’m sure I was not the only one that was surprised to see plans for developments at Roscommon Hospital published in the paper without any provision for a helipad or, as it is officially known, a Pre-Determined Landing-Zone (PDLZ).     It’s now over 4 years since the closure of the A&E in Roscommon, and while the investment and planned …

Eircode & County boundaries

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Half Roscommon Senior Team will be playing outside the County in 2016, if Eircode has its way!
As many as half of the Roscommon County Senior Football Team are living in another county, based on the new Eircode postcode system.

Rosalie Unit

In Blog by Denis Naughten

This evening, there is a public meeting in Castlerea, regarding the closure of the Rosalie, long stay unit which was to be developed into a Alzheimers/dementia unit for older people in  the West Roscommon/North Galway area . What is really frustrating, is the fact that neither the families nor the public are being told what exactly is happening. On the 22nd of April …