National Competitiveness Council Report supports Regional TDs’ plan to get people out of cities – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Environment, Families, Infrastructure, Jobs, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed the publication of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Report 2020, which dovetails in its recommendation with those put forward by the Regional Group of Independent TDs in their Pre-Budget Submission. “The core objective behind our Pre-Budget Plan is to get families, workers and students out of our cities, where housing and services are in huge …

Budget proposals to get people out of our cities – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Disability, Education, Energy, Environment, Families, Health, Infrastructure, Jobs, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Budget 2021 should be about getting families, workers and students out of our cities, where housing and services are in huge demand, and instead supporting people to bring life back into remote rural communities, says Denis Naughten TD.   As part of the Budget process the Regional Independent TDs have put forward a set of proposals including:  The introduction of …

New suckler cow scheme must pay €200 – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Disability, Education, Energy, Environment, Families, Health, Infrastructure, Jobs, News, Older People, Posts by Topic, Young People by Denis Naughten

Sheep welfare payment should be doubled Budget 2021 must deliver for suckler farmers by introducing a new Suckler Cow Environmental Scheme paying €200 for the first 20 cows as well as doubling the payment to farmers under the Sheep Welfare Scheme, according to Denis Naughten TD.   “The agriculture proposals which as Regional Independent TDs we have put forward in …

“Kerrygold” brand needed for Irish suckler beef

In Agriculture, Blog by Denis Naughten

“Kerrygold” brand needed for Irish suckler beef The current discussion, heated at times, about the proposed PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status for Irish beef is fundamental to the future viability of suckler farming in Ireland. Firstly, what we are talking about is having a premium brand for Irish Beef that is endosed by the EU, similar to the current Kerrygold brand …

Approval given to fast track reform of forestry appeals system – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Environment, Families, Jobs, Local Issues, News, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has confirmed that the Dáil Business Committee this morning approved the fast tracking of the Agriculture Appeals (Amendment) Bill 2020 to deal with the horrendous backlog in appeals of forestry applications.   “On average 24 forestry appeal applications are submitted each month, with just seven being decided upon. This means it is taking over two years to decide on appeal applications, which is …

“Kerrygold” brand for Irish beef must support farmers not processors – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Addressing the new Minister for Agriculture in Dáil Éireann last night (Tuesday), Denis Naughten TD said the application for PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status for Irish beef will be the “final nail in the coffin of the Suckler industry” if it proceeds as currently drafted. PGI status is effectively a Kerrygold type branding for Irish Suckler beef which will be …

Meat plant problem was brought to the attention of authorities months ago

In Agriculture, Blog, Health, Jobs, News, Video by Denis Naughten

Just three months ago, I was criticised for highlighting Covid-19 problems within the meat industry. https://denisnaughten.ie/2020/05/13/fundamental-flaws-in-covid-protections-in-meat-industry-must-be-addressed-naughten/ Those in authority were more interested in tacking the man than addressing the fundamental problems that were occurring right across the meat processing sector. The risk posed within the sector arose due to the close quarters within which people work & live, the atmosphere for survival and transmission of the virus …

Meat plants given advance notice of Covid inspections say HSE

In Agriculture, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has been informed by the HSE that the Health & Safety Authority gave meat plants 24 hours’ notice of planned inspections of the implementation of Covid-19 measures to curb infection.   “What will really annoy many small businesses is the fact that in terms of Covid-19 inspections, the Health & Safety Authority just landed in on them unannounced, in some instances with …

Culling our cattle is good for climate maths but not our planet – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, News by Denis Naughten

The current system of calculating climate emissions discriminates against a food exporter such as Ireland and is also harmful for our environment, Denis Naughten told Dáil Éireann last week. During a debate on climate change and agriculture Denis Naughten pointed out: “Even though 90% of our beef is exported, Ireland is penalised for being the most carbon efficient beef exporter …

Health authorities now playing with words on meat plant tracing

In Agriculture, Blog, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Neither the HSE nor the Minister for Health are prepared to provide the actual numbers of people contact traced and tested as a result of being in proximity of meat plant employees who tested positive for Covid-19.   Even in today’s reply from the Health Minister he has not been prepared to provide that simple answer, and we must ask why? …