Electricity bills to jump by an unjustifiable €54 from Thursday – Naughten

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

Cost of subsidy jumps by 140% but less renewable electricity generated   Denis Naughten has described the fact that electricity bills will jump by €54 a year from Thursday to subsidise renewable electricity as “completely unjustifiable”. He has highlighted that despite the jump in cost there will be 44,000 less homes supplied with green energy. Under a decision taken during …

Post Offices must be the Government’s off-line gateway

In Blog, Families, Infrastructure, Jobs, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

While Government policy is to offer Government services online particularly now as a result of Covid 19, there will always be a segment of the population that are not comfortable or proficient accessing online tools or services. Due to its nationwide network and existing strong relationship with offline citizens, the Government took a decision in 2017 to develop the post …

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 …

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 …

Local colleges to receive over 1,800 laptops to assist students with online and blended learning – Naughten

In Families, News, Young People by Denis Naughten

Third level and further education colleges across Roscommon and Galway have secured €1.64m, from a €15m national fund, to provide over 1,800 laptops to assist with online learning. The local institutions that will benefit from the Government fund are: Athlone IT, Galway Roscommon Education & Training Board, Galway Mayo IT and NUI Galway. As a result of this funding the …

Private school buses could spur next Covid-19 clusters as operators left without guidance – Naughten

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

Many private school bus operators are being left without any guidance on the Covid measures they need to put in place to provide a service in just two weeks’ time, according to Denis Naughten TD. “While private contractors operate approximately 90% of school transport services, a substantial number of students who avail of services outside the formal school transport system …

Families should check eligibility for Back to School allowances

In Blog, Families, Video by Denis Naughten

Families who are on social welfare including the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, who have not received a letter from the Department of Social Protection regarding their eligibility for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, to check if they can avail of the scheme. The scheme provides a one-off payment to eligible families to assist with the costs of school …

Childcare workers need a living wage

In Blog, Families, Jobs by Denis Naughten

Watch what I said here:  https://youtu.be/2hIebLI7oKw Speaking in the Dáil last night I pointed out that we must develop a childcare model which will ensure childcare staff are paid a living wage without pushing up fees for parents. The Programme for Government states “we will progress to a living wage over the lifetime of the Government”. So let’s start with …