1,500 people will have to wait until next year to access disabled driver scheme – Naughten

In Disability, News by Denis Naughten

TD to seek Dáil approval to start processing Primary Medical Certs now, not January   Approximately 1,500 people who are entitled to access the disabled driver scheme which was suspended last June will now have to wait until January before the scheme recommences. However, Denis Naughten has expressed concern that because staff are also involved with managing Covid-19 “the waiting …

Disabled driver scheme re-instated – Naughten

In Disability, News by Denis Naughten

Naughten secures commitment that existing rules will continue to apply Denis Naughten TD has been informed by the Minister for Finance that the HSE has been directed to recommence the processing of Primary Medical Certificates for disabled drivers and passengers following the withdrawal of the scheme earlier this year. Over the last number of months Deputy Naughten, Chair of the …

Key Mother & Baby Home Report will be publish, but not yet says Minister

In Blog, Disability, Education, Families, Health by Denis Naughten

The Minister for Children has committed to publication of the 6th interim report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, but not until the final report is published sometime over the coming weeks.   This was disclosed in a parliamentary reply that I received earlier this evening which I have included below.   It is disappointing that …

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 …

Budget 2021 is a missed opportunity to create a new sustainable Irish economy – Naughten

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

Budget 2021 speech While Budget 2021 is looking to the combined challenges of Brexit, Covid and housing it fails to bring about structural change to our economy to make it more sustainable for all sectors of our economy, according to Denis Naughten TD. “While Budget 2021 talks about reforming motor tax and VRT and further sets out increases of carbon …

Taoiseach must get therapists to treat children

In Blog, Disability, Families, Health by Denis Naughten

This is the third week in a row that I’ve raised the scandal of Speech Therapists, OT’s, Physio’s etc continuing to do contact tracing calls instead of working with children. See my full contribution here and the Taoiseach’s response: And here is my solution to the current problem: Defence forces should return to contract tracing & allow therapists to return …

People with a disability marooned as 3rd mobility scheme ‘suspended’ – Naughten

In Disability, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has been informed by the Minister for Finance that the issuing of Primary Medical Certificates for disabled drivers and passengers has been suspended following a court decision last June. I’ve had the opportunity to raise this with the Tanaiste in the Dáil and here is what he said: https://youtu.be/LdKc8sCrSBE   “When a disabled person eventually secures a Primary …

€70,000 in Covid support funding for local groups – Naughten

In Disability, East Galway, East-Roscommon, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, Older People, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Chairperson of the Dáil Committee on Community & Rural Affairs, Denis Naughten TD, has confirmed the allocation of €70,000 to support three local voluntary organisations to cope with the impact of Covid-19. The three services are: Elphin Social Services which is to receive €25,303; Ballinasloe Social Services which is to receive €25,374 to support its work with older people, especially …

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 …