We need to change the way we manage Covid 19

In Agriculture, Blog, Business & Jobs, Disability, Education, Families, Health, Jobs, Older People, Posts by Topic, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

The problem with lockdowns is that we don’t know what bits work and don’t work. Each and every one of these measures are having a direct impact on the mental health of every person in this country. We could potentially have further lockdowns for Valentine’s Day and our 4th lockdown over the June Bank Holiday Weekend.  The only way to …

New Climate Bill is anti-Irish

In Agriculture, Blog, Environment by Denis Naughten

The new Climate Bill presently going through Dáil Eireann is anti-Irish, and this approach is being further locked into these new laws through the present EU re-negotiation of our 2030 climate targets. Don’t get me wrong, climate change must be addressed and I believe we do need a new climate law to make that happen in Ireland, both urban & rural. As …

€12m paid out to local GLAS farmers – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Over 3,300 farmers across Roscommon and East Galway are to receive €12m in advance payments under the Green Low-Carbon Agri Environment Scheme (GLAS) this week. This will be a “vital financial boost during what has been a difficult year for the whole community” local TD Denis Naughten has said. “The payment, at a rate of 85% of the full annual …

Government website says 40% of marts don’t have decent broadband – Naughten

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

According to the Government’s own website 40% of marts across the country have a poor broadband service which requires upgrading, says Denis Naughten TD.   “Solely based on a review of the Government broadband website www.Broadband.gov.ie 68 marts across the country can be identified and 19 of these marts are included under the National Broadband Plan to have their service upgraded,” stated Denis …

The new Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020

In Agriculture, Blog, News by Denis Naughten

I welcome the fact that within 7 days of the passage of the Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020 by Dáil Éireann, it has now come into force: https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/press/pressreleases/2020/october/title,151085,en.html However, it is now imperative that the staff & resources are put into the forest licencing system so that applicants and those who have raised concerns get decisions in a timely manner. …

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 …