Local hospitals under threat as Government considers closures – Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has expressed surprised at the frank admission by Health Minister James Reilly and HSE Chief Cathal McGee that long stay hospitals for older people will not only see numbers reduced but could in fact be closed to balance the health budget. Such long stay hospitals locally include: St. Patricks Hospital, Carrick on Shannon; Aras Naomh Caoileann, …

Latest opening date for health centre autumn 2012 – Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has expressed his disappointment at delays in the opening of the new primary care centre in Monksland. It has been confirmed that the target opening date of 1st January 2012 will now be missed. “Work has commenced on the development of the new health centre and the latest information I have been provided with by the HSE …

Merger of community health services remains a threat – Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has raised concerns over the merging of community health services in Roscommon and Galway following confirmation from the HSE that it is in discussions with unions over plans to recruit a senior management post on a joint basis between both counties. This would see control of Roscommon’s community health services budget – for services such as public …

Information meeting on new septic tank proposals

In Environment, News by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has arranged a public information meeting entitled ” the truth about septic tank inspections” to explain exactly what the new septic tank proposals are about and what they mean for homeowners.     The Meeting will take place on Tuesday 27th March in the Hodson Bay Hotel at 9pm and all are welcome to attend. Denis …

Decision to establish Lifeboat on Lough Ree welcomed

In South Roscommon, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the decision by the RNLI to establish a lifeboat service on Lough Ree stating that it will make this valuable amenity a much safer place for all users. “I would like to acknowledge the work of the local branch of the IWAI, local sub-aqua clubs, the organising committee and those who supported the public …

Millions squandered on paper payslips while disabled do without – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has described the disclosure by Government Departments that they continue to waste millions of euro issuing staff with payslips while cutting frontlines services as “shameful”. “While Departments may try to dismiss these costs as being minimal, when considered as a proportion of the overall cost of the pay bill it clearly shows an ethos of not rooting …

€4.6m owed to local Farmers

In Agriculture, Local Issues, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has described the fact that Roscommon and Leitrim farmers are awaiting over €4.6m in outstanding grant payments from the Department of Agriculture as “unacceptable”. “At present there are 2049 applications for Single Farm and Disadvantaged Area Payments from Leitrim and Roscommon farmers which remain unpaid and this is putting significant financial pressure on many farm families …

Naughten warns parents to check for toxic chemicals face paints

In Families by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has urged parents to check for toxic ingredients in face paints before using them on children this Halloween. “While we will all be warned of the risks of allowing children to go near fireworks, many parents are unaware that they may be painting toxic chemicals such as lead on to their children’s faces before they go …

Naughten raises lack of Ballinamore Hospital progress in Dail

In Health by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has raised the issue of the ongoing delays regarding the development of Ballinamore Community Hospital in the Dail on foot of representations from the local community. “While the €6m project was included in the 2011 HSE capital plan, it failed to progress during the year and must now await the Government decision on its review of all …