We need to change the way we manage Covid 19

In Agriculture, Blog, Business & Jobs, Disability, Education, Families, Health, Jobs, Older People, Posts by Topic, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

The problem with lockdowns is that we don’t know what bits work and don’t work. Each and every one of these measures are having a direct impact on the mental health of every person in this country. We could potentially have further lockdowns for Valentine’s Day and our 4th lockdown over the June Bank Holiday Weekend.  The only way to …

150 job boost for Athlone shows potential for local business to trade online – Naughten

In Jobs, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the further expansion of the DPD parcel centre with the creation of 150 additional jobs. Along with the retention of the An Post mail centre this means Athlone is becoming a vital distribution hub in the country. “This major expansion also highlights the huge potential there is for local business to start trading online …

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 …

Roscommon gets its first 3 broadband hotspots – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, East-Roscommon, Infrastructure, Jobs, News, North-Roscommon, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has confirmed that the first three broadband connection points in Creeve, Gortaganny and Tulsk have now gone live, providing high speed broadband hotspots in those communities.   At the end of last month, the high-speed broadband connections at Creeve Community Centre, Gortaganny Resource Centre and Tulsk Digi Hub went live and these connection points are now available to …

Rural Ballinasloe & South Roscommon to have 500mbps broadband by Easter – Naughten

In East Galway, Infrastructure, Jobs, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

National Broadband Ireland expects to have fibre optic broadband available to rural homes in Ballinasloe and South Roscommon by Easter next says local TD, and architect of the National Broadband Plan, Denis Naughten. The sub-contractors for National Broadband Ireland have completed the mapping work for the areas around the town of Ballinasloe such as Taughmaconnell, Ballydangan, Creagh, Moore, Clonfad, Kilconnell, …

Naughten urges business to add click & collect service to keep festive shopping local

In Business & Jobs, Families, Jobs, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD, Chair of the Dáil Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development, and the Islands is encouraging local businesses to consider introducing a click and collect system using the Trading Online Voucher Scheme as the festive shopping season looms. “As Minister for Communications one of my main priorities was to ensure businesses availed of the Trading Online …

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 …

Business must apply for €4k+ grant

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Jobs, News by Denis Naughten

The Restart Grant Plus is set to close to many local businesses soon. The grant provides direct grant aid to businesses with up to 250 employees to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures. The minimum grant is €4,000 and the maximum grant is €25,000. Top-ups are available for eligible pubs, bars and nightclubs that …

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 …