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 …

Failure to back date fair deal could be open to court challenge – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Families, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has raised the prospect of court challenge to the reform of the Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme due to the failure to recognise farm transfers in advance of an older person entering long term care.   “Under the new law older people who transferred the family farm and entitlements to a successor prior to entering a …

Up to 50,000 homes locked up due to Fair Deal “treble tax” – Naughten

In Families, Infrastructure, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

    Government rejects call to stop penalising property rental   Up to 50,000 family homes could be locked out of the housing market before Government brings forward amending legislation to address an anomaly in the Fair Deal Nursing Home Scheme, according to Denis Naughten. Under the current scheme an older person is charged three separate times if they decide …

ESB wasting €176 million with demolition of Lanesboro & Shannonbridge plants – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, East Galway, East-Roscommon, Families, Jobs, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has described the ESB’s decision to demolish the Lough Ree and West Offaly power plants as “wasting an opportunity for local jobs as well as €176m of charges paid by electricity customers”. “This decision by the ESB was made in the best interests of the company and not based on what is in the best interests of the …

Key questions remain unanswered as Climate Bill rushed through the Dáil

In Agriculture, Environment, Families, Jobs, News by Denis Naughten

We get answers to legitimate questions asked here in Dáil Eireann on the impact of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill before we consider Report Stage in the Dáil tomorrow.   On the financial impacts alone, we are still without basic answers.   On 19th May I asked the Taoiseach to ensure that we have sight of the …

Naughten confirms €1.25m to fix non-public roads throughout Roscommon & Galway

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

Local TDand Cathaoirleach of the Dáil Rural Development Committee, Denis Naughten, has confirmed an allocation of €1.25m to repair approximately 180 small but important private/non-public roads throughout County Roscommon & Galway. The funding has been allocated by the Government under the Local Improvement Scheme. “Roscommon is set to receive €375,000 and Galway has been allocated €877,00 under this scheme, which …

Regional Independents to seek Dail approval for carbon budgets and separate targets for agriculture – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Energy, Environment, Families, Health, Infrastructure, News, Young People by Denis Naughten

The Regional Independent TDs will table changes to the Climate Bill that will require Dáil approval of all carbon budgets as well as a separate emission target for agriculture to ensure it does not become the scapegoat for failures in other Government Departments. “We do not want to undermine the overall objective behind the Climate Bill, but we believe the …