Pandemic inquiry must not ignore mental health and long COVID – Naughten

In Disability, Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD is calling for a thorough evaluation of Ireland’s COVID-19 response, with a strong emphasis on the mental health crisis and the impact of long COVID “as the country prepares for potential future pandemics, these issues must be addressed to ensure a more resilient health system”.   The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased pressure on mental health services, …

Tánaiste to seek new legal advice on Lough Funshinagh – Naughten

In Agriculture, Environment, Families, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

A crisis intensified by climate change   Denis Naughten TD has obtained the agreement of the Tánaiste, Micheal Martin TD, to seek new legal advice from the Attorney General as a result of two new pieces of evidence that significantly change the facts of the Lough Funshinagh case considered by the courts in 2021. Deputy Naughten made the request following …

Time to End Means Testing for Family Carers!

In Blog, Disability, Families, Health, Local Issues, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

The Dáil Regional Group of TDs from across the Country are seeking cross-party support for their motion to end the means testing of family carers. This motion aims to replace the current Carers Allowance system with a non-means tested scheme based solely on care needs, recognising the invaluable contribution of over 500,000 family carers across Ireland. Family Carers, who represent …

Decision by An Post to hand over post office services disappointing – Naughten

In Families, Infrastructure, Jobs, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Local TD and former Communications Minister Denis Naughten has expressed his disappointment at the potential closure of the post office on The Square in Roscommon Town, following the decision by An Post to tender the services to a contractor. “While this will come as a blow to the dedicated staff in the post office, there is also the risk that …

Taoiseach backs proposal to address vacancies in children’s disability services – Naughten

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

Proposals from Denis Naughten TD that would see innovative recruitment of therapists to work evenings and weekends in children’s disability services has received the support of the Taoiseach. The Dáil heard this week from Denis Naughten TD that the HSE must introduce flexible working contracts to attract therapists to the almost 800 vacancies that currently exist across children’s disability services. …

6,432 waiting for home support care: Dáil to debate home care crisis – Naughten

In Families, News, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

The Dáil will this week debate the urgent need to address the crisis in home care support with almost 6,500 people on a waiting list to access support, including some individuals who are currently stuck in hospital beds claims Denis Naughten TD. On Wednesday morning the Regional Group of TDs will move a Dáil motion highlighting the critical state of …

Frontline workers must receive long Covid supports – Naughten

In Disability, Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten has called on Government to ensure all frontline workers who contracted Covid through their employment, and who were subsequently forced out of work due to long Covid symptoms, are able to avail of supports until they are fit to return to work. “At present, 120 frontline healthcare workers with long Covid are availing of a special leave …

Decade long transport lockdown for people with a disability – Naughten

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

Local TD Denis Naughten will tell the Dáil next week that people with a disability have effectively been coping with a decade long lockdown because of the failure to put transport supports in place to allow them to access work and other community activities. “Ten years ago the Government suspended the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant for new applicants …

Naughten welcomes grant of €50,000 for empty homes

In Families, Infrastructure, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement that families can now apply for a grant of €50,000 to refurbish a home that has been vacant for two years, with an additional top-up grant available if the property is derelict. The details of the revised grant scheme will be published by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien TD after this week’s Cabinet …