Are you included on the new broadband map?

In Blog 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. If people, particularly in towns and villages, are not getting at least 30Mbps consistently then they need to make sure that they are amber on the …

Activities for families during Covid 19

In Blog, Families by Denis Naughten

  Earlier today, I was on the Joe Finnegan Show on Shannonside/Northern Sound.   In preparation for the programme I was asked if I had any suggestions on safe activities for families indoors/outdoors.   So here are my 3 suggestions:   Watch my neighbours Sandra & AJ do a live Facebook Kids Fun Fitness session every morning at 9am https://www.facebook.com/rinkaireland/ …

Student accommodation providers MUST refund those forced to leave college due to Covid-19

In Blog, Young People by Denis Naughten

In recent weeks I have been contacted by several students raising concerns that places like UL Campus Living in Limerick and several private providers of student accommodation in Galway will not refund rent for accommodation they have been forced to leave due to Covid-19.   There are numerous reasons given for refusing to provide refunds but the fact is this …

Need help or wish to offer help duing Covid 19 Crisis?

In Blog, Disability, Families, Older People, Uncategorized, Young People by Denis Naughten

As part of the Government response to the COVID-19 crisis, Roscommon & Galway County Councils have established a COVID-19 Community Call Forum. The forum works with State agencies and community and voluntary groups to provide supports or services to any vulnerable person who needs them. The forum brings together different organisations to provide important services like: collection and delivery of essential items like …

We have a golden opportunity to reinvent economy – let’s not blow it

In Blog by Denis Naughten

The reports last week of the impact of Covid 19 on our economy and society in general does not make for easy reading. But I believe that it is more important to look at the glass half full rather than keep staring at an empty glass.   While I fully agree that the primary focus at present must be on …

Covid 19 information for employers, employees and self employed

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

I have been inundated with queries about different aspects of the financial supports available for people as a result of Covid 19. The Department of Employment & Social Protection has now produced a very good document, attached, dealing with many of these questions. I would encourage people with queries to go to page 21 where they have listed the most …

We need a Covid Recovery Plan

In Blog by Denis Naughten

  While I fully agree that the primary focus at present must be on the health emergency and saving lives, it is also important that we put a plan in place for the recovery of our economy and our society. Hope has a powerful role during times of great uncertainty. We need to see a plan that gives hope to …

Why the Dáil needs to sit and fight for those over 66

In Blog by Denis Naughten

A few short weeks ago during the General Election, Government was telling us that older people would have to work longer in order to get their pension from the State.   Yet, in contradiction to that, it is now denying the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment to people over the age of 66 who are working either part-time or full-time.    This …

Free Webinar: Working Remotely From Home Wednesday 12 noon

In Blog, Business & Jobs by Denis Naughten

COVID-19 – Respond by Working Remotely From Home     Grow Remote and the Ballinasloe Pulse Club are hosting an information webinar open to all on Remote Working   TOMORROW Wednesday 25th March @ 12pm.   They will be covering topics like:   Set-up for working remotely from home o Starting out o Managing teams o Communication o Health & …

Eir postpone decision on charging for email service.

In Blog by Denis Naughten

I’ve just received confirmation from the CEO of  Eir Ms Carolan Lennon that the company is postponing for 3 months its decision to charge for it email service as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. This is a welcome decision, especially for its older customers. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/consumer/so-you-still-have-an-eircom-net-email-here-is-what-you-need-to-do-1.4165439