36,000 teachers still to be vetted – Naughten

In Families by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has described the fact that eight years after the introduction of Garda vetting for teachers that 4 out of 10 teachers have yet to get a Garda clearance certificate as “totally unacceptable”. “Parents bringing their children to school this morning understood that all teachers were Garda vetted in light of the fact that such vetting was introduced …

Cloonakilla NS will have to await budget announcement – Naughten

In Families, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Responding to a question from Denis Naughten TD, the Education Minister stated that progress on the Cloonakilla NS project will be dependent on additional funds becoming available on Budget Day. The Minister stated: “Whilst, it is not possible to progress all projects within the Department’s building programme to construction concurrently due to competing demands on my Department’s capital budget, the …

Government accepts Bill to close 21-year-old incest loophole

In Families by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed the Government’s decision to accept his legislation to close off a 21-year-old legal loophole which allows women a far more lenient sentence than men when convicted of incest. The new law, the Criminal Law (Incest) (Amendment) Bill 2012, addresses the loophole by ensuring equality of treatment in sentencing in incest cases. The Bill proposes to …

21-year-old legal loophole on incest must be closed immediately

In Families by Denis Naughten

Amendment sought as a result of Roscommon sentencing Denis Naughten will move a new law in the Dáil this Friday to close off a loophole created 21 years ago which allows women a far more lenient sentence than men for the offence of incest. Under the current law a man faces up to life imprisonment if convicted of incest yet a woman …

€9.6bn worth of education emigrating annually – Naughten

In Families by Denis Naughten

The State has spent €9.6bn on educating the 89,000 people who emigrated from Ireland in the last year, a trend that is set to continue unless action is taken, claims Denis Naughten TD. Speaking in the Dáil this evening (Thursday) on the Social Welfare Bill, Denis Naughten said that while emigration has always been the safety valve for successive Governments …

Government accepts Bill to give information on paedophiles to parents – Naughten

In Families, Young People by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed the Government’s decision to accept his legislation to allow information on sex offenders to be made available to the parents of children and vulnerable adults who may be at risk. He also welcomed confirmation that the legislation, which is to be introduced by Denis Naughten in the Dáil this week, is to be incorporated into …

Child Benefit letters could cover Croke Park pitch 2.5 times

In Families, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Tuesday 3rd September 2013 Time to streamline process and save €100m Now that schools have returned, the Department of Social Protection will recommence its policy of issuing 600,000 letters to parents to see if their child is in school or in the country; replicating a process that is already carried out by the National Education Welfare Board on behalf of …

Naughten welcomes childcare grants

In Families by Denis Naughten

  Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of over €65,500 in capital grant funding to a number of childcare facilities in County Roscommon.