Survival of local Post Offices

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Earlier this week I attended a meeting, in Ballinasloe, of the National Post Office Users Association. Their objective is to campaign on behalf of those who use the post office, for the retention of local services. I outlined to the committee that I fully support this objective and pointed out that in many instances the local post office is now …

Who is fooling who, on the medical card issue?

In Blog by Denis Naughten

On 17th June Government announced the reinstatement of discretionary medical cards over  On that day, the public was told, according to the Department of Health, that the Health Service Executive will be able to undertake an “expeditious reinstatement” of the cards within a matter of weeks without changing the law. On 25th June at a meeting between the HSE and TDs we …

Broadband in Monksland, Co. Roscommon

In Blog by Denis Naughten

  Earlier today I received a briefing from Eircom regarding the roll out of its next generation broadband high speed network (efibre) to the Monksland area of South Roscommon Eircom pointed out that  “there are a number of exchanges serving the telecommunication street-side cabinets in the Athlone area.    A key dependency in the Monksland locality is that most of the …

Submission to on proposed pricing structure for domestic water

In Blog by Denis Naughten

  Unmetered Tariff I believe that the structure of any unmetered tariff, should 1) reflect in so far is feasible, the water consumption of households of similar make up that are on a metered charge and 2) provide an option of having a meter installed, if the household believes that the unmetered tariff unfairly reflects actual water usage Transition Period …

Cause of bank collapse and responsibility for property bubble

In Blog by Denis Naughten

  I had a very interesting conversation with my colleague Peter Mathews TD earlier this week regarding one of the core causes of our banking bubble. It was all in the context of the various banks coming before the Dail Finance committee this week. Peter pointed out that we had reckless bankers who broke one of the fundamental rules of …

Meeting Millie’s Trust

In Blog by Denis Naughten

  Today I met with an inspirational couple – Joanne & Dan Thompson – who are in Ireland to raise awareness around the paediatric first aid courses offered by their charity Millie’s Trust. Joanne & Dan’s beautiful baby daughter Millie passed away tragically in October 2012 aged just 9 months following a choking incident that occurred while she was in …

Carbon tax on turf cutting

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Over the last number of day I have been contacted by numerous turf cutters who sell spreads of turf and are confused regarding their liability to levy the carbon tax. When this issue came up originally I raised it directly with the Revenue Commissioners who stated categorically that it is only sod turf that is dried turf, which is sold …

My decision on the law to liquidate Anglo Irish Bank

In Blog, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

  For anyone who was not tied to a whip, and wanted to act in the best interest of the Country, last night’s decision was a difficult one. Who was right or who was wrong, the honest answer is we don’t know, and won’t know until the Government has played its full hand over the next 6 months.   All …

Vaccine damage compensation fund update January 2013

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Vote 39 – Health Service Executive (Revised) Thursday, 17 May 2012 Select Sub-Committee on Health Debate   Full debate accessible at : http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/ Debates%20Authoring/DebatesWebPack.nsf/ committeetakes/HE12012051700003?opendocument Extracts from debate: ……Deputy Denis Naughten: ……. Subhead F2 has been an ongoing saga for ten years. Ten years ago last April, the Department agreed to look at the feasibility of introducing a no fault …

Speech by Denis Naughten TD on the directions by the Minister for Health to the HSE board on local A&E departments in June/July 2011

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

  Dáil Éireann 29th January 2013 Check against delivery While the Minister for Health was trying to justify to the people of Roscommon why their A&E was to be closed, he was pushing through proposals to upgrade 2 other, local A&E departments, in Wexford & Kilkenny. The argument is being made that the issues in Roscommon were different, that it …