€500 fine for visiting grave , but you can travel to Belmullet for a prescription

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

Under regulations introduced by Government the 5km travel restriction has been abolished except for exercise but you can’t visit a graveyard even if it’s next door to your home. But this new law is a complete contradiction to what is presently set out under Level 5 on the Governments website. Because  of these contradictions it is now legal to go …

Dental clinic to relocate to primary care centre – Naughten

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

The dental clinic which operates from Roscommon Hospital is to move to a permanent new location in Roscommon Primary Care Centre, local TD Denis Naughten has confirmed. “I had been contacted by parents concerned that the service had been transferred temporarily out of the hospital as a result of Covid-19, which had meant some patients being treated in Galway,” stated …

Budget 2021 is a missed opportunity to create a new sustainable Irish economy – Naughten

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

Budget 2021 speech While Budget 2021 is looking to the combined challenges of Brexit, Covid and housing it fails to bring about structural change to our economy to make it more sustainable for all sectors of our economy, according to Denis Naughten TD. “While Budget 2021 talks about reforming motor tax and VRT and further sets out increases of carbon …

Naughten confirms additional bed capacity for Portiuncula Hospital

In East Galway, Health, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has received confirmation that additional bed capacity is to be provided at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, after he raised the issue directly with the Minister for Health. “I raised the issue of the very serious overcrowding at Portiuncula Hospital both with Minister Donnelly and with his predecessor Minister Harris,” stated Denis Naughten. It has now been confirmed to …

Ballinasloe Swimming Pool

In Blog, East Galway, Families, Health, Infrastructure, South Roscommon, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

This is an issue that I’m working very closely on with local Councillors Tim Broderick & Evelyn Parsons who are determined, as am I, to ensure that our local pool in Ballinasloe remains open to the public, subject of course to public health guidance.   I know that the local Councillors have been engaging directly with Galway County Council on this …

Taoiseach must get therapists to treat children

In Blog, Disability, Families, Health by Denis Naughten

This is the third week in a row that I’ve raised the scandal of Speech Therapists, OT’s, Physio’s etc continuing to do contact tracing calls instead of working with children. See my full contribution here and the Taoiseach’s response: And here is my solution to the current problem: Defence forces should return to contract tracing & allow therapists to return …

Air ambulance completes over 420 missions to date in 2020

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

The air ambulance service based out of Custume Barracks in Athlone performed over 420 missions from January until the end of August this year, local TD Denis Naughten has been informed. Figures provided him by the HSE outlined the number of requests received by the air ambulance: January – 31, February – 49, March – 44, April – 55, May …

Defence forces should return to contract tracing & allow therapists to return to pre-Covid roles – Naughten

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

Defence forces staff should be transferred to contact tracing duties immediately to allow speech therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to return to providing essential frontline services for children across the Country, Denis Naughten TD told the Dáil this week. He pointed out that three-quarters of speech and language therapists in counties Roscommon and Galway are currently involved in contact tracing, …

Portiuncula CAT Scan broken for 144 hours but won’t be replaced until 2022 – Naughten

In East Galway, Health, News, South Roscommon, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

The Saolta Hospital Group has admitted that the CT Scanner (CAT Scan) at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, has been out of action for 144 hours this month (September) and despite this being the 10th time it has broken down over the last 18 months it won’t be replaced until 2022, Denis Naughten TD has confirmed. “The admission that this scanner will …

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 …