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 …

Submission to the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee.

In Blog, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

  I have made the following submission for consideration by the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee.   (I)That the administrative area of County Roscommon remain intact, and include the second biggest town in County Roscommon; Monksland. There has been some concern that the County Roscommon town of Monksland, which adjoins the town of Athlone, would be subsumed into County Westmeath. …

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 …