Recruitment freeze to hit Roscommon Hospital services

In Health by Denis Naughten

  Announced with great fanfare less than 2 weeks ago, the expanded endoscopy service at Roscommon County Hospital has now been hit by a new staff recruitment ban announced by the HSE claims local TD, Denis Naughten.   “Even though we are told that the Roscommon/Galway hospital group is outside the remit of the HSE, it seems when it comes …

NPWS must clean up act on Shannon flooding or face court–Naughten

In Agriculture, Infrastructure, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Dáil report seeks practical action on Shannon flooding A Dáil Committee has today called on the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) to facilitate the immediate cleaning of silt from the River Shannon or face possible action from the European Commission. The Dáil Environment Committee called for action from the NPWS pointing out that the state agency and ultimately the …

Students should apply now for college grant – Naughten

In Young People by Denis Naughten

Local TD, Denis Naughten has urged students who plan to start a 3rd college course or PLC course this autumn, not to wait until they receive an offer to apply for a student grant. Denis Naughten explained: “While the closing date for new applicants to apply for the coming college year is the 31st of August, the sooner the application …

Naughten welcomes expansion of Roscommon’s Endoscopy Service

In Health by Denis Naughten

Local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed the announced expansion of the Endoscopy Service at Roscommon County Hospital, stating that it was a “long overdue development”. “Over the years I had pressed numerous Ministers’ for Health on the need to invest in the endoscopy service at Roscommon County Hospital, and this was one of the commitments which I received from Minister …

Realignment of army brigade structure ignores Athlone’s strategic location – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has expressed disappointment following the announcement by the Defence Minister of his plan to dismantle the 4th Western Brigade and downgrade the status of Custume Barracks, Athlone, which will result in up to 200 personnel and their families being forced to relocate. The announcement also confirms that there will be 971 personnel to be based at …

Naughten again raises MBNA jobs with Minister

In Business & Jobs by Denis Naughten

Local TD, Denis Naughten questioned Minister Richard Bruton in the Dáil this week seeking an update on the discussions regarding the Bank of America’s MBNA credit card division in Carrick on Shannon. In response the Minister stated that the IDA “is in regular contact with Bank of America management in Carrick-on-Shannon and Dublin and at corporate level to monitor developments …

Increasing Sports Grant would access €145m hidden fund– Naughten

In Young People by Denis Naughten

According to figures supplied by Denis Naughten TD, sports clubs are planning to top up grants under the Sports Capital Programme by a massive €145m, which in the current economic climate has potential to deliver a huge job boost to local communities. Naughten explained: “What is really surprising about the figures released from the Sports Minister, is the level of …

Education Minister to look at new category for rural schools – Naughten

In Families by Denis Naughten

Local TD, Denis Naughten has been informed by the Minister for Education that he intends to introduce a new category for small rural schools, namely “isolated school status” in order to support local schools where children would be forced to travel long distances. The Minister informed Denis Naughten during a recent debate in the Dáil on small rural schools, where …