Dáil takes historic move to directly question three Ministers on scale of Covid infection in meat industry – Naughten

In Agriculture, Health, Jobs, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has confirmed the Dáil Business Committee has taken the unprecedented step of holding three Cabinet Ministers accountable in a single Dáil session on the scale of Covid-19 infection in the meat processing industry.   Denis Naughten secured the support of the members of the Dáil Business Committee to hold a specific debate on how several meat processors across the country …

Dáil to question Agriculture Minister on scale of Covid infection in meat industry – Naughten

In Agriculture, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has secured a Dáil debate next Thursday with the Minister for Agriculture on the scale of Covid-19 infection within the meat processing industry. Denis Naughten secured the support of the members of the Dáil Business Committee to bring in the Minister for Agriculture to explain how several meat processors across the country have seen a large proportion …

Naughten tells Dáil “contact tracing is so poor that employers informing staff”

In Agriculture, Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten TD has told Dáil Éireann this afternoon that there is so little confidence in the contact tracing system that employers are being provided with Covid test results in order to inform employees.   “Those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform …

Fundamental flaws in Covid protections in meat industry must be addressed – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Failure to do so could have catastrophic implications for health and our economy   Denis Naughten TD is calling on the HSE to immediately convene its multi-agency group on the meat industry to address flaws in the Covid protection measures and to make recommendations to the National Public Health Emergency Team.   “Ahead of the start of re-opening the economy …

HSE establishes national team to look at meat plant infection following request by Naughten

In Agriculture, Health, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed confirmation by the HSE that it has established a multi-agency group to look at the current Covid-19 outbreaks in the meat processing industry, following his request at a meeting with HSE management last Wednesday.   “While work is ongoing across the country to address specific clusters of Covid-19 infection associated with meat plants and asylum …

Naughten highlights need for better communication on meat plant infection

In Agriculture, Health, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten TD has this afternoon (Wednesday) met with senior HSE management regarding the urgent need for a co-ordinated national approach to Covid-19 infections in meat processing facilities across the country.   “We have seen the impact of the delay in reacting to Covid infections in nursing homes and unless the HSE acts swiftly we could have a similar …

Stocking rules must be eased – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten TD has called for the current rules on stocking rates for the ANC and BEAM schemes to be eased due to the Covid-19 restrictions impacting on farmers and marts. “The effective shut down of marts means this is now causing problems for farmers who are close to stocking rate limits,” explained Denis Naughten. “Many farmers who availed …

Agriculture Minister must directly intervene in knackery strike – Naughten  

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has called on the Minister for Agriculture to directly intervene in the current strike by knackeries. “Having fallen animals on water-logged land, with a deluge of rain promised, is a recipe for disaster that can only be averted by the direct intervention of the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, ” said Denis Naughten “Calving and lambing season is …

Flood assistance schemes must be immediately activated – Naughten

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

Denis Naughten TD has called on the Government to immediately activate financial assistance schemes for farmers, families and businesses impacted upon by the serious flooding within the Shannon basin. “While work is ongoing at present to protect as many homes and businesses as possible, in the case of the farming community they were forced to take stock off land last …

Naughten seeks a ‘Kerrygold’ brand for beef

In Agriculture, News, Video by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has called for the establishment of a distinctive brand for Irish grass fed suckler beef – similar to Kerrygold – that could attract premium prices on key overseas markets. “Our Irish suckler beef is being sold as minced meat rather than maximising the price for  premium cuts like fillet steak,” stated Denis Naughten. “And in reality, the situation is …