One in 5 local children in supersized classes – Naughten

In Education, Families, News, Young People by Denis Naughten

The fact that some children are still in classes of 30 pupils or more means many of them are being  subjected to huge educational disadvantage which has negative, long-term consequences, claims local TD Denis Naughten. Questioning the Minister for Education in the Dáil, Denis Naughten pointed out: “If you spread the marmalade too thin on a slice of toast, you …

Plans to address broadband bottlenecks mothballed since project started – Naughten

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

The Mobile Phone & Broadband Taskforce, established to address key bottlenecks in the delivery of vital broadband infrastructure across the country, has failed to meet since the contract with National Broadband Ireland (NBI) was signed in November 2019. This, in part, has contributed to the significant delays in the project delivery, claims Denis Naughten TD. “Based on current estimates from …

3100 rural homes in Ballinasloe & South Roscommon can now order broadband – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Disability, East Galway, Education, Families, Health, Infrastructure, Jobs, News, Older People, South Roscommon, Young People by Denis Naughten

National Broadband Ireland is currently completing construction of its fibre optic broadband network in the rural areas surrounding the town of Ballinasloe in both counties Galway and Roscommon with companies now taking pre-orders for connections, says local TD, and architect of the National Broadband Plan, Denis Naughten. There are approximately 3100 premises in the Ballinasloe area such as Ballydangan, Creagh, …

Passengers marooned by Bus Éireann withdrawal say local Independents

In Disability, East Galway, Education, Families, Health, Local Issues, Older People, South Roscommon, Young People by Denis Naughten

Cllr. Evelyn Parsons, Cllr Tim Broderick, and Denis Naughten TD have condemned the decision to withdraw the Bus Éireann service between Galway, Ballinasloe & Athlone which has left those with a free travel pass without any service. The local representatives went on to point out the lack of any information whatsoever at the local bus stops informing people that the …

Joint Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands publishes its Pre-Budget Submission

In Business & Jobs, Disability, Education, Families, Jobs, News, Older People, Young People by Denis Naughten

  The Joint Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands has today published its Pre-Budget submission to the Minster for Social Protection. The cross-party Committee’s submission to the Minister contains 76 recommendations for Budget 2022 including: A rise in all social welfare payment rates – equivalent to the cost of living increases. An increase in the rate …

We need timeline for reopening day services as HSE confirms vaccination completed – Naughten

In Disability, Education, Families, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten has called for a definitive date for the full reopening of all-day services following confirmation from the HSE that all older people and adults with underlying health conditions have been fully vaccinated “It is unacceptable that State funded day services for people with a disability and older people remain closed, or only available for part of the …

Day services must be reopened for older people and disabled – Naughten

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

It is unacceptable that State funded day services for people with a disability and older people remain closed, or only available for part of the week, despite the fact that both users and staff are fully vaccinated, Denis Naughten told the Dáil last week. He pointed out: “Schools reopened last February and  public transport services will be increased to 75pc …

New school for St. Teresa’s moves a step closer – Naughten

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

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed confirmation that a 4 acre site has now been secured from the HSE for a new building for St. Teresa’s Special School in  Ballinasloe. “This is a very positive development in the ongoing saga of securing a site, but the news will be apprehensively received by the pupils, parents and staff of St. Teresa’s, …

Naughten told site for St. Teresa’s Special School at “very advanced stage”

In Disability, East Galway, Education, Families, Local Issues, South Roscommon, Young People by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has received confirmation from the Minister for Education that negotiations on the purchase of a site for St. Teresa’s Special School, Ballinasloe, are now at a “very advanced stage”. “This news will be apprehensively received by the pupils, parents and staff of St. Teresa’s, as previous discussions with a landowner on the purchase of a site …

More State focus on courts than addressing needs of victims – Naughten

In Disability, Education, Families, Health, News, Young People by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has said that the Prime Time exposé has again highlighted an institutional determination to defend court cases rather than address the concerns of victims of a failed policy or misdiagnosis and support vulnerable children who are reliant on State services. “The focus of the State’s approach is to defend the existing Departments’ policy approach at all costs instead …