Minister claims more tickets will issue as buses sourced – Naughten

In Education, Environment, Families, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has received a Dáil reply from Minister Norma Foley TD indicating that Bus Eireann will issue more tickets to school children “as extra buses and drivers are sourced”. “I have received an unprecedented level of complaints from parents in relation to school transport and, as a result, I sought clarification from the Education Minister on what …

Families buying generators: ban threat to cut electricity off to homes – Naughten

In Energy, Environment, Families, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD is calling on the Government to give a categoric commitment that electricity supplies will not be turned off to homes across the country following reports of older people forking out €1,800 to purchase backup diesel generators. “The Government and the regulator, the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities, have caused panic across the country particularly among older …

Clear pathway urgently needed to achieve 51% reduction in emissions – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Energy, Environment, Families, Infrastructure, Jobs, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

It is imperative we now have a clear roadmap on how we can practically achieve the 51% national emissions reduction target for 2030 across each sector, says Denis Naughten TD. “Across each of the sectors we are now seeking monumental change over the next 89 months, a rate of change that has not been achieved anywhere on our planet. This …

Naughten to seek progress report on changes to Lough Funshinagh laws

In Environment, Families, Infrastructure, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten will this week question the Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien TD in the Dáil on the steps which are being taken to review the laws which impact on the flood relief works at Lough Funshinagh.   “Last month Minister Patrick O’Donovan told me that he has passed on the correspondence from Roscommon County Council to Minister …

Taoiseach to be asked to intervene on Lough Funshinagh – Naughten

In Environment, Families, Mid-Roscommon, News, Posts by Topic, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten will ask the Taoiseach in the Dáil this Wednesday to directly intervene in the current humanitarian crisis faced by eight families in Ballagh & Lisphelim area of South Roscommon.   Deputy Naughten along with 6 other TDs from across the country have tabled a Dáil motion seeking the establishment of cross-departmental and cross-agency task force to address emergency climate …

As oil hits $120/barrel we need to look again at how we construct carbon taxes which are failing both families and our environment

In Blog, Energy, Environment, Families by Denis Naughten

     A carbon tax is supposed to be an environmentally-focused tax to drive behavioural change in the use of fossil fuels. In such circumstances, the most effective tax is the one that brings in little revenue because it is doing what it should, which is to drive behavioural change. The focus of an environmentally focused tax should never be on revenue but rather on motivating …

20,000 on respiratory waiting lists as Government focuses on “air quality” – Naughten

In Environment, Health, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

  Over 20,000 people are currently awaiting respiratory outpatient appointments with over a quarter of those already waiting more than 18 months at a time when “air quality” are the buzz words being used by Government, Denis Naughten has highlighted. Figures provided to Denis Naughten by the HSE show that 20,632 adults and children are currently on waiting lists for …

Carbon taxes are penalising families not driving climate change

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Energy, Environment, Families, Health, Jobs by Denis Naughten

The carbon tax is supposed to be an environmental tax to drive behavioural change when it comes to the use of fossil fuels. In such circumstances the most effective tax is the one that brings in little revenue because it is doing what it should do, namely, driving behavioural change. Today, a carbon tax has no impact on behaviour because …

Government has to stop families being charged for data centre electricity

In Blog, Energy, Environment, Families, Infrastructure by Denis Naughten

  Our electricity prices are among the most expensive in Europe, with Irish families paying, on average, €180 extra for electricity annually. This is partly as a result of Irish families being forced to subsidise the cost of electricity, grid connections and backup supplies for existing and already planned speculative data centres. The Government decided in 2018 to stop the …

Ireland could provide electricity to 64m EU homes if offshore opportunity developed – Naughten

In Energy, Environment, Families, Infrastructure, News by Denis Naughten

Ireland has the potential to produce enough renewable electricity to power 64.4m homes across the EU if the Government developed the offshore energy sector in a strategic manner, Denis Naughten told the Dáil today. “The present approach of Government is to develop these opportunities in a piecemeal manner, which is positive for ports such as Ros a Mhíl with a …