Naughten calls for €15k Regional Home Regeneration Grant

In Families, Infrastructure, News by Denis Naughten

  First-time buyers who purchase an existing property in a town or village with a significant residential vacancy rate should be eligible to receive a grant of €15,000, Denis Naughten has told the Dáil.   Speaking on a motion regarding affordable housing he proposed that “the grant be available to off-set against their mortgage deposit requirement”.   “Conservatively, there are …

Naughten secures Dáil debate on school re-opening

In Education, Families, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has secured a Dáil debate on the re-opening of schools in September. “We must do everything possible to ensure that schools can fully re-open in September and parents need clarity on this issue,” stated Denis Naughten, who this afternoon secured the support of the Business Committee to schedule time for a Dáil debate on the issue next Wednesday …

Rethink needed on “supervised playgrounds”

In Blog, Families, Young People by Denis Naughten

Today I have asked the Government to reconisder its advice on the opening of “supervised playgrounds”. As parents we all know that supervised playgrounds simply do not exist except perhaps in attractions where an entrance fee is paid, which is beyond the reach of many people at present and which also cannot be attended on a regular basis.   We …

Bereavement Support line

In Blog, Families, Health, Older People by Denis Naughten

Today the Irish Hospice Foundation has launched a Bereavement Support line. The freephone number is available from 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday. The number is 1800 80 70 77   Many people have experienced and will experience the death of someone they love during the COVID-19 pandemic. It may have been a COVID-related death or a death from other …

Tourism & Recreation opportunities on our cut away bogs

In Blog, Business & Jobs, East Galway, East-Roscommon, Environment, Families, Jobs, South Roscommon, Tourism by Denis Naughten

I recently had the opportunity to question An Taoiseach with regard to the development of new employment & tourism opportunities on our local cut away bogs. Below is an outline of two of the many opportunities. Watch my full engagement with the Taoiseach at the end of this post. National Wetland Park in the North Midlands   As you will be aware …

Huge opportunities to develop our towns & rural areas as funding schemes open for applications – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Environment, Families, Health, Infrastructure, Jobs, Local Issues, News, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten is calling on local communities to look at innovative ways to bring people into their community as well as enhancing amenities for local people. This follows the opening this week of five different funds which can support local employment.   Earlier this morning Minister Michael Ring sought applications under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme which provides communities with …

Funding available for meals on wheels, cancer transport, school safety & recreation areas – Naughten

In Families, Health, Infrastructure, Local Issues, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Applications are being sought from local groups under the Clár programme to support community initiatives such as meals on wheels, transport for cancer patients, improved pedestrian safety especially around schools and the development or enhancement of community recreation areas, says Denis Naughten TD. The request for applications was announced by Minister Michael Ring and applications for 90% funding must be …

Naughten tells Dáil “contact tracing is so poor that employers informing staff”

In Agriculture, Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten TD has told Dáil Éireann this afternoon that there is so little confidence in the contact tracing system that employers are being provided with Covid test results in order to inform employees.   “Those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform …

UL remains only university accommodation that has not refunded students

In Families, News, Young People by Denis Naughten

Universities and private accommodation providers MUST refund those forced to leave college due to Covid-19   The Minister for Education has confirmed that the University of Limerick remains the only University in the country that has refused to refund students who were forced to leave their accommodation due to Covid-19, says Denis Naughten TD. “In recent weeks I have been …