Science at the Forefront of Policy: A Reflection on the decision by EU Innovation Ministers

In Blog, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

As someone who has advocated for the greater use of science in decision making, it was really positive to see the decision taken by Ministers across the EU last week at the Council of the European Union meeting with regard to the integration of research and innovation into the policymaking process. This decision, in my view, marks a significant stride …

Urgent action needed to address flooding risks at Lough Funshinagh and Shannon Callows – Naughten

In Local Issues, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has highlighted the critical situation facing the communities around Lough Funshinagh and the Shannon Callows due to the ongoing delays in implementing long promised flood mitigation measures. Speaking in the Dáil last Thursday, Denis Naughten pointed out that with Lough Funshinagh’s water level now 330mm higher than in 2020, the threat of flooding looms larger than …

The Role of a TD’s Science Charter in the Age of AI

In Blog, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

As we stand at the forefront of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution, the challenges of regulating such a transformative technology bring into sharp focus the broader need for an ethical framework in science and technology legislation. This is where the development of an ethical charter for Members of Parliament (MPs), currently being drafted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union Working Group on …

Artificial Intelligence & Assisted Driving – Research insights to steer our journey ahead

In Blog, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

Oireachtas Seminar for Science Week 2023  #BelieveInScience This week, I was delighted to join Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland, in introducing the virtual seminar ‘Artificial Intelligence & Assisted Driving – Research Insights to Steer Our Journey Ahead’. This event was organised by The Library & Research Service, in partnership with SFI. The theme for …

Ireland’s Entry into CERN has the Potential to Change the Culture of Research – Naughten.

In News, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

“Ireland’s forthcoming membership of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, will not only provide new opportunities for Irish researchers but also challenge the underlying ethos of research,” says Denis Naughten TD. Minister Simon Harris is set today to propose a government investment of €2 million annually into CERN’s research initiatives. Denis Naughten pointed out that “this funding predominantly supports …

24 dentists left medical card scheme across Roscommon & Galway – Naughten

In East Galway, East-Roscommon, Health, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, North-Roscommon, Posts by Topic, South Roscommon, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

A total of 24 dentists have withdrawn from the medical card scheme across Roscommon and Galway over the last five years leaving many patients unable to access dental treatment, Denis Naughten TD has revealed. “In this time just over half of the dentists providing a service to County Roscommon patients have left the scheme, while 40% of dentists have left …

Young Parliamentarians Conference Viet Nam

In Blog, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

Today I’m addressing the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s annual Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The theme of the Conference is “The role of youth in accelerating the achievement of the SDGs through digital transformation and innovation”.   I will be speaking on measures that can be taken by Members of Parliament to improve policies in the promotion of …

New research shows over 5% of adults actively living with symptoms of long COVID

In Health, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

HSE figures show long COVID patients wait 15 weeks for a clinical appointment   New polling data released today has found that more than one in every twenty adults in Ireland are actively living with self-reported symptoms of long COVID. The data is based on a survey commissioned by Independent TD Denis Naughten and conducted by leading polling company Ireland …

Long COVID has potential to place significant burden on our healthcare services

In Blog, Health, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

I asked my colleagues in the Oireachtas Library & Research Service to update a previous research paper that I received on long COVID to get an updated understanding of the definition, incidence, and healthcare issues surrounding long COVID. The sad reality is that the symptoms of long COVID can not only last for months but even years and can include …