Update on new open prison in Castlerea

In Families, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

QUESTION NO:  151 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Mr. Shatter) by Deputy Denis Naughten for WRITTEN on Thursday, 23rd May, 2013. *  To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if prisoners to be accommodated in Harristown house, Castlerea, County Roscommon, are to be allowed to leave the grounds of Castlerea Prison to access the …

School attendance payment would tackle truancy – Naughten

In Families, News by Denis Naughten

Reform of the child benefit system which would see it become a school attendance payment would help to tackle the issue of truancy, Denis Naughten TD has claimed. “This is an issue which has attracted media coverage again in recent days and is something that continues to be a serious problem,” stated Denis Naughten. “The replacement of child benefit with …

Naughten raises progress on undocumented Irish with Tánaiste

In East Galway, Families by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten raised the issue of the undocumented Irish in the United Sates with the Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore this week following comments on the issue by President Obama and US Senators.   He pointed out to the Tánaiste that a twin track approach needs to be taken by US authorities to secure their external …

Urgent action needed to address spiralling cost of Health Insurance – Naughten

In Families, Health by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten TD, Member of the Oireachtas Committee on Health has called for urgent action to address the spiraling cost of health insurance which is now leading to a situation where some consumers are paying more of their premium towards the health care costs of others than themselves.   As a result of recent changes to the structure of the risk …

Septic tank grant welcome, but cowboys must be stopped – Naughten

In Agriculture, Families by Denis Naughten

  Local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for the Environment that he has approved a grant of up to €4,000 towards the cost of upgrading septic tanks throughout the country. The grant will be paid at a rate of 80% (up to a max. of €4,000) for households with an income of up to €50,000 …

Only one in 6 local college grant applications approved

In Education, Families by Denis Naughten

  Local TD Denis Naughten has described as “disgraceful” the situation where only 16% of local college applications made through the new centralised SUSI online processing system for student grants have been approved.   In Roscommon 202 out of 1153 (17.5%) of applications have been approved. In Galway the figure is 685 out of 4334 applications (16%) and in Leitrim …

Abolition of Farm Assist fails to recognise weather impact on agriculture – Naughten

In Agriculture, Families by Denis Naughten

  “Budget 2013 has removed the safety net of the farm assist scheme, which was designed to acknowledge the volatility of farming, by effectively abolishing the scheme in all but name,” claims Denis Naughten TD.   There are 377 Leitrim farmers in receipt of Farm assist, with 433 in County. Roscommon and a further 1137 farm families relying on the …

350k for local sports groups welcome, but disappointing that worthy projects left out – Naughten

In Families, Infrastructure, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

Local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €348,000 to 10 local sporting organisations but stated that many other sports applications are left without funding, due to a failure to maximise the use of the grant scheme. “48 Roscommon clubs submitted applications under the Sports Capital Grant Scheme, with plans to invest over €5m in sport and recreation facilities …

Proposal seeks to curb cost of private health insurance – Naughten

In Families, Health by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten TD, will this evening (Tuesday) seek to force the hand of the Minister for Health to introduce a lifetime community rating measure on health insurance policies which will help to reduce the cost facing many families at present. Naughten’s amendment would force the Health Minister to act upon legislation introduced in 2001 to facilitate the introduction lifetime …