Government must release all data behind lockdown decision – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Families, Health, News, Older People, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has called on the Taoiseach to publish the data used to make the decisions on the lifting of the Level 5 lockdown from next week. “This information is not only vital so people understand how these decisions were made but, more importantly, to see how this virus can be controlled in communities and homes so we don’t …

Stay and Spend initiative has €99.6m underspend– Naughten

In Business & Jobs, News, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Savings should underwrite gift voucher guarantee The Minister for Finance has admitted that the Government’s Stay & Spend scheme will see just over €400,000 being refunded to hospitality sector customers well short of the Department for Finance projected uptake at €100m at this stage, says Denis Naughten. Speaking in the Dáil this morning Denis Naughten called for the underspend of …

Stay & Spend savings should underwrite gift voucher guarantee – Naughten

In Jobs, News, Tourism by Denis Naughten

In Dáil Éireann tomorrow (Thursday) Denis Naughten TD will seek to have the Government’s Stay & Spend scheme restructured to ensure gift vouchers issued in the tourism and hospitality sector can either be redeemed or refunded in 2021. “Government has set aside €140m for the Stay & Spend Scheme to issue tax refunds for the period October to December 2020, …

Covid evidence in the clouds, as Government consider Level 3.51 for December – Naughten

In Families, Health, Jobs, Local Issues, News, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Current 5 level lockdown model must be replaced   Denis Naughten TD has called on the Taoiseach to access the large amounts of data on Covid-19 infections that the HSE is storing in the cloud in advance of making decisions on how the lockdown is to be lifted. “Government is looking at some type of easing of restrictions that would …

€6m for local projects to help replace Bord na Mona jobs – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, East Galway, East-Roscommon, Energy, Environment, Families, Jobs, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, South Roscommon, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of just over €6m for 11 local projects across County Roscommon and East Galway and adjoining towns which, along with a further €9.4m in region-wide projects, will help to support local job creation. The funding under the Just Transition Fund is to help support local job creation as a result of the …

Government must guarantee gift vouchers from tourism & hospitality sector – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Culture, Jobs, News, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD is calling on Government to restructure the Stay & Spend scheme to ensure gift vouchers issued in the run up to Christmas can either be redeemed or refunded in 2021. “When we see iconic attractions such as Dublin Zoo under threat of closure, this will make many people wary of purchasing gift vouchers for hotels, restaurants or …

Naughten seeks tax incentive for peat sites

In Business & Jobs, East Galway, East-Roscommon, Families, Jobs, Mid-Roscommon, News, South Roscommon, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD will push for changes to the Finance Bill this week, seeking the introduction of enhanced tax incentives for those who invest in business and job creation at the Bord na Mona workshops and the sites of the power stations at Lough Ree & West Offaly. In his recent report, Mr Kieran Mulvey, the Just Transition Commissioner has highlighted the need …

We should scrap current Covid level restriction model – Naughten

In Families, Health, Jobs, News, Older People, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has called for the scrapping of the current 5 level ‘living with Covid-19’ model and it’s replacement with an Irish specific model that opens up as much of society as possible while ensuring the next wave of infection does not lead to a further lockdown. “Too many of the restrictions introduced here are based on advice from …

Greenway moves closer as Shannon bridge gets go ahead – Naughten

In East Galway, Infrastructure, Jobs, Local Issues, South Roscommon, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €8.1m to construct the new greenway cycle bridge over the River Shannon and progress the route design from Athlone Castle to Spanish Arch in Galway City. “This investment is a significant boost to deliver this vital tourism project from Athlone through Ballinasloe and on to Galway City, which will be a …

ESB let more water into Callows as waters rose at Meelick – Naughten

In Agriculture, East Galway, East-Roscommon, Environment, Families, Infrastructure, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, North-Roscommon, Older People, South Roscommon, Tourism by Denis Naughten

We need action on Shannon flooding now, not new laws in a decade   The ESB opened sluice gates in Athlone last July to allow more water into the Shannon Callows as flood waters rose at Meelick Weir. This exposes the fact that there is little co-ordination between the ESB and Waterways Ireland on the management of water levels on …