Families should check eligibility for Back to School allowances

In Blog, Families, Video by Denis Naughten

Families who are on social welfare including the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, who have not received a letter from the Department of Social Protection regarding their eligibility for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, to check if they can avail of the scheme. The scheme provides a one-off payment to eligible families to assist with the costs of school …

Meat plant problem was brought to the attention of authorities months ago

In Agriculture, Blog, Health, Jobs, News, Video by Denis Naughten

Just three months ago, I was criticised for highlighting Covid-19 problems within the meat industry. https://denisnaughten.ie/2020/05/13/fundamental-flaws-in-covid-protections-in-meat-industry-must-be-addressed-naughten/ Those in authority were more interested in tacking the man than addressing the fundamental problems that were occurring right across the meat processing sector. The risk posed within the sector arose due to the close quarters within which people work & live, the atmosphere for survival and transmission of the virus …

Naughten seeks a ‘Kerrygold’ brand for beef

In Agriculture, News, Video by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has called for the establishment of a distinctive brand for Irish grass fed suckler beef – similar to Kerrygold – that could attract premium prices on key overseas markets. “Our Irish suckler beef is being sold as minced meat rather than maximising the price for  premium cuts like fillet steak,” stated Denis Naughten. “And in reality, the situation is …

Naughten secures 25% cut to hospital injury units charges

In Health, Mid-Roscommon, News, Video by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has just received confirmation that the charge for people attending hospital injury units across the country is to be cut from €100 to €75 in the coming days on foot of a proposal the Roscommon Galway TD put forward last month. Denis Naughten proposed in the Dáil that in order to better utilise injury units in hospitals which …

€470,000 Boyle funding to link town with Lough Key – Naughten

In East-Roscommon, Jobs, Local Issues, News, North-Roscommon, South Roscommon, Tourism, Video by Denis Naughten

Local towns in Hidden Heartlands secure €2m   Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €470,000 to link King House, the Pleasure Grounds, Boyle Abbey and the Lough Key cycleway with a new walkway. The investment will not only improve the existing walkway along the Boyle River but also see an upgrade of the Pleasure Grounds in Boyle …

New back up air ambulance service for Roscommon Town – Naughten

In Health, Local Issues, News, Video by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has confirmed that a new back-up air ambulance service is to be based beside Roscommon University Hospital from next week. The service, which is to act as a back-up service to the Air Corps to facilitate training of its staff, will see Irish Community Rapid Response base an air ambulance helicopter beside Roscommon University Hospital for 4 …

Naughten tells Dáil, pause must be pressed on planned demolition of Shannonbridge & Lanesboro power stations

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

Before any decision is made on the future of the power plants themselves we must fully evaluate the possibility & potential of operating our current peat powered plants with 100% biomass. If the plants were supplied by 100% local biomass crops which facilitated a move away from beef production; it would reduce agricultural emissions by 600k tonnes of carbon each …

VAT exemption for food supplements

In Health, News, Video by Denis Naughten

The Finance Minister has stated that he must introduce a VAT rate for food supplements because they are not foods: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/question/2019-11-05/132/#pq_132 At the Finance Committee, I’ve questioned that argument

Roscommon Garda Divisional HQ

In Families, Infrastructure, Jobs, Mid-Roscommon, News, Video by Denis Naughten

Prior to the decision made by the Garda Commissioner to downgrade Roscommon Garda Divisional Headquatters I contacted the Minister for Justice and also raised the issue at the Justice Committee with the Commissioner. I’ve now received a reply from Minister Flanagan: GardaDivisionReply And here is what I said previously to the Commissioner:

Strokestown tourism investment will create 350 jobs over 5 years – Naughten

In East-Roscommon, News, Tourism, Video by Denis Naughten

The investment of €5m in upgrading the visitor attractions at Strokestown Park House will create up to 350 new jobs in the region over the next 5 years, states local TD Denis Naughten. The announcement this morning (Wednesday) of a major upgrade of facilities at Strokestown Park House will see visitor numbers increase by 50,000 over a five-year period which will act …