Retrofitting homes would reduce demand on hospitals – Naughten

In Disability, Energy, Health, News, Posts by Topic, Science by Denis Naughten

Prioritising the retrofitting of homes for those with chronic medical conditions would reduce demand on health services and hospital beds, helping to ease pressure particularly during the winter months as we are currently witnessing in our emergency departments across the country, claims Denis Naughten TD.   New research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, commissioned by the Government, …

Dáil support sought for frontline workers with long COVID – Naughten

In Disability, Families, Health, Jobs, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD will seek Dáil support on Wednesday to designate long COVID as an occupational illness for frontline workers who contracted the virus due to their employment.   Deputy Naughten has tabled an amendment to the Social Welfare Bill which could result in long COVID being listed as an occupational illness, allowing frontline workers to avail of long-term income assistance until they are …

More autism school places needed in South Roscommon & Athlone – Naughten

In Disability, East Galway, Education, Local Issues, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten is seeking to quiz the Education Minister this week on the lack of places in Athlone and South Roscommon for pupils with autism. “The lack of places is now forcing pupils from South Roscommon to travel up to 100km each day to avail of an education with two south Roscommon children facing a daily journey to …

Housing grant limits must be reviewed due to rising construction costs – Naughten

In Disability, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Rising construction costs and the failure to increase grant limits under housing adaptation schemes will result in many people being excluded from accessing grant funding to enable them to stay in their own home, Denis Naughten TD has stated. The Government this week announced an 8.3% national increase in allocations under the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People …

Children being abandoned on waiting lists in Roscommon & Galway

In Blog, Disability, Families, Health, Posts by Topic, Young People by Denis Naughten

Last week I raised the appalling waiting list for local children in the Dáil. This is what I said: There are 436 children awaiting physiotherapy appointments in County Galway, some of whom have been waiting 176 weeks for such appointments. There are 95 children awaiting these appointments in County Roscommon. On speech and language waiting lists, 971 children were awaiting …

People with a disability coping with a 9 year lockdown – Naughten

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

Local TD Denis Naughten has told the Dáil that people with a disability have effectively been coping with a 9-year lockdown because of the failure by successive Governments to put transport supports in place to allow them to access work and other community activities. “Nine years ago in 2013 the Government suspended the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant for …

Dáil to debate access to transport for people with a disability – Naughten

In Disability, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has confirmed that, along with his colleagues in the Regional Group, he will move a Dáil motion this week calling on the Government to provide funding to establish a comprehensive set of transport supports for people with a disability as a matter of priority. “Nine years ago, in 2013, the Government suspended the Mobility Allowance and Motorised …

People with a disability effectively marooned due to lack of mobility supports – Naughten

In Disability, Families, Infrastructure, Jobs, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has said the blanket resignation of the appeals board for primary medical certificates for disabled drivers and passengers effectively means the vast majority of people with a disability are now marooned in their own homes. At the end of last year, the members of the Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal tendered their resignation to the Minister …

Council to provide disabled parking at Castlerea Post Office – Naughten

In Disability, Infrastructure, Local Issues, News, Older People, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

  Local TD Denis Naughten has received written confirmation from Roscommon County Council that it is to provide a disabled parking bay for people accessing the post office on Barrack Street in Castlerea. Denis Naughten has been in contact with the County Council area office after he was contacted by a number of local people using the post office who …

Carers cannot be forgotten in Budget – Naughten

In Disability, Health, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Cathaoirleach of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection Denis Naughten TD has said it is “imperative that family carers are not forgotten when it comes to reforms required to our Social Welfare system as part of Budget 2022”. “This Budget must not be about giving a little bit to everybody, but it must be about structural reforms to our …