Naughten welcomes plan to recruit Parkinson’s nurse

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed confirmation from the HSE that plans to recruit a Parkinson’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Galway University Hospital are now at an advanced stage. Deputy Naughten was informed this week that the job specification for the full-time post is now being finalised. The Parkinson’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner post helps patients to manage their illness through making …

Local children traveling 4,500km/week to access education

In Blog, Education by Denis Naughten

11 local children are facing a 4,500km/week journey to access an autism specific second level class in either Glenamaddy or Longford Town because there is no capacity in the Athlone schools to cater for the students. I raised this issue in the Dáil this week and have received a commitment from Minister Madigan that local places will be secured for …

20,000 on respiratory waiting lists as Government focuses on “air quality” – Naughten

In Environment, Health, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

  Over 20,000 people are currently awaiting respiratory outpatient appointments with over a quarter of those already waiting more than 18 months at a time when “air quality” are the buzz words being used by Government, Denis Naughten has highlighted. Figures provided to Denis Naughten by the HSE show that 20,632 adults and children are currently on waiting lists for …

More autism school places needed in South Roscommon & Athlone – Naughten

In Disability, East Galway, Education, Local Issues, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten is seeking to quiz the Education Minister this week on the lack of places in Athlone and South Roscommon for pupils with autism. “The lack of places is now forcing pupils from South Roscommon to travel up to 100km each day to avail of an education with two south Roscommon children facing a daily journey to …

Carbon taxes are penalising families not driving climate change

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Energy, Environment, Families, Health, Jobs by Denis Naughten

The carbon tax is supposed to be an environmental tax to drive behavioural change when it comes to the use of fossil fuels. In such circumstances the most effective tax is the one that brings in little revenue because it is doing what it should do, namely, driving behavioural change. Today, a carbon tax has no impact on behaviour because …

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 …

Builders to tell Housing Minister to refurbish vacant homes – Naughten

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

Time to remove “demand test” from Government’s refurbishment scheme   The construction industry will tell Government it must do far more to bring vacant property back into use when it meets with Minister Darragh O’Brien later today to discuss the current housing emergency, says Denis Naughten TD. “This is the very point that I have been making for some years,” …

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 …