State banking force needed to provide local service – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Families, Infrastructure, Local Issues, News, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

AIB’s reversal of the decision to remove cash services from Castlerea and Ballinasloe branches, as well as 68 other locations across the country is welcome, but the fact remains that such banking services are under threat right across our towns unless an alternative approach is taken, says local TD Denis Naughten “It must be noted that the planned withdrawal of …

€30m post office package welcome but Government still silent on long term sustainability – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Families, Infrastructure, Local Issues, News, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

The allocation of €30m in once off-funding over three years to the post office network is welcome but ignores the need for a long-term sustainability strategy that is key for postmasters/mistresses to decide if they will continue to keep the doors open, says Denis Naughten TD. “As the architect behind the strategic plan to save An Post and its network …

Pensioner receives €3,262 hike in electricity bill due to estimations – Naughten

In Energy, Families, Local Issues, News, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

A pensioner living on her own has received a shocking electricity bill which has gone from €123 to €3,385 because her supplier has failed to read her meter for the past 24 months, Denis Naughten told the Dáil this afternoon. “To add to her shock, she is being charged all of these arrears at the current electricity rate compounding the …

Planning to be submitted next month for new Sacred Heart Hospital – Naughten

In Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, Older People by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has been informed that the HSE is to submit planning permission for the new long stay facility at the Sacred Heart Hospital next month. In a response to Deputy Naughten the HSE stated that planning notices are now being issued with formal planning permission to be sought from Roscommon County Council next month. “In Government, I …

Naughten seeks update on Sacred Heart Hospital as HIQA expresses concerns

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

Local TD Denis Naughten has sought an update in the Dáil on the construction of a new long-stay facility on the campus of the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town following concerns in an internal Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA) Report that 40 HSE run nursing homes, including the Sacred Heart Hospital, were failing to comply with new minimum …

Just 1 in 90 vacant homes available to rent in the middle of housing emergency – Naughten

In East Galway, East-Roscommon, Families, Infrastructure, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, North-Roscommon, Older People, Posts by Topic, South Roscommon, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has told the Dáil that there is a fundamental flaw in our housing policy when there are 90,000 empty homes across the country in the middle of a housing crisis yet there are just 1,043 available to rent according to daft.ie. Using his constituency of Roscommon Galway as an example he pointed out: “County Roscommon has 4,090 vacant …

Housing grant limits must be reviewed due to rising construction costs – Naughten

In Disability, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Rising construction costs and the failure to increase grant limits under housing adaptation schemes will result in many people being excluded from accessing grant funding to enable them to stay in their own home, Denis Naughten TD has stated. The Government this week announced an 8.3% national increase in allocations under the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People …

Ban on mandatory retirement key to address pension deficit

In Blog, Older People by Denis Naughten

As Cathoirleach of the Oireachtas Social Protection Committee I would argue that there is a viable alternative to increasing the retirement age for the State pension.   It has been very positive to see that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection report on pensions has created debate not just around the retirement age, but broader issues related to pensions …

Social Protection Committee recommends State Pension age should remain at 66 – Naughten

In News, Older People by Denis Naughten

The Joint Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands has today,  published its report in response to the final report published by the Commission on Pensions, says Committee Cathaoirleach, Denis Naughten. The Committee’s report is also published in response to a request from Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys who previously asked the Committee to consider …

45,000 empty premises in West & North West enough to meet over a year’s housing need – Naughten

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

The Dáil heard from Denis Naughten TD this week that 44,905 residential and commercial properties are currently empty in the five Connacht counties and the three border counties of Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan with many of those being vacant family homes close to schools and services, including having 1,000mbps broadband outside the door. Denis Naughten told the Taoiseach that the …