Air Ambulance Service completes over 100 missions – Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

  local TD, Denis Naughten has been informed that the air ambulance service based out of Custume Barracks in Athlone has performed over 100 missions since the service since its establishment last June.   “The frequency of call outs clearly highlights the importance of this service to communities throughout the midlands & west; it again highlights the need for the …

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 …

Changes to Farm Assist scheme

In Agriculture, Blog by Denis Naughten

Reply from Minister Joan Burton:   Page 1 & Page 2   My preceding question: Dear Minister Burton, I am writing to you requesting an immediate review of plans to change the means assessment for the Farm Assist scheme which, as proposed, will have a detrimental impact on small holders who rely on this payment to remain in farming and …

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 …

School Attendance Payment FAQs

In Campaigns, Child Benefit Reform, Education, Families, Young People by Denis Naughten

Linking Child Benefit to School Attendance FAQs School attendance up to the age of 16 years is a statutory requirement under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.  Consequently, all recipients of child benefit are legally required to attend school up to this age.     A number for frequently asked questions regarding my proposals to link child benefit with a  school …

Over 10,000 home help hours taken in West – Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

HSE West has removed 10,625 home help hours from 1,858 older people & people with a disability throughout the West of Ireland in the last month, local TD, Denis Naughten has disclosed. In figures released to Deputy Naughten it is clear that the HSE West region has made up half the home help cuts for the whole country over the …

Grant delays are forcing students out of college – Naughten

In Education, Young People by Denis Naughten

“Each week students are packing their bags and leaving college due to the on-going delays in processing 3rd level grants” claimed Denis Naughten TD following a meeting with the Union of Students in Ireland. Denis Naughten continued; “I understand that in one particular college five first year students dropped out last week because they had failed to obtain a decision …

A National Budget for Children with Life Limiting Conditions

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

  Dear Minister Reilly, As you are aware, at any one time there are roughly 1,400 children in Ireland with life limiting conditions. Their families often face an uphill struggle to try to get the home supports required to ensure that their child can, firstly return home from hospital and secondly remain in the home for as long as possible.   …