BT Young Scientist exhibition

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Yesterday, I visited the BT Young Scientist exhibition in Dublin. It was great to experience the buzz around the RDS. There were some 40 projects from local pupils, all extremely interesting. I had the opportunity to speak directly with those involved in 17 of these projects. (Others were either tied up with judges or had popped away from their stand …

Update on upgrade of Roscommon water supplies

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Attached is the latest (revised again!) dates from Irish Water on upgrading of water schemes in County Roscommon. Roscommon RWSS Project Status December 2014 On the boil water issue Irish Water now expect that the boil water notices to be lifted on all schemes by the end of March 2015 except for South Roscommon which is now facing a further …

Reform of child benefit can deliver for future generations

In Blog by Denis Naughten

n the Dail yesterday I raised the urgent need to reform the way we pay child benefit in this Country.

Since children returned to school in September the Department of Social Protection has recommenced its policy of issuing 600,000 letters to parents to see if their child is in school or in the country; replicating a process that is already carried out by the National Education Welfare Board on behalf of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs.

Our health services, where to from here?

In Blog by Denis Naughten

But let’s get two things clear:

1. HIQA did NOT say that Roscommon A&E had to be closed but instead said that at the time it could not remain open in its current guise where every patient, regardless of complexity, was presented at the door.

Covidien & Local Jobs

In Blog, East-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Before the Dáil broke up for the summer & following speculation locally, I raised the issue of the merger of the companies Medtronic & Covidien with Minister Richard Bruton.

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 …