Pandemic inquiry must not ignore mental health and long COVID – Naughten

In Disability, Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD is calling for a thorough evaluation of Ireland’s COVID-19 response, with a strong emphasis on the mental health crisis and the impact of long COVID “as the country prepares for potential future pandemics, these issues must be addressed to ensure a more resilient health system”.   The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased pressure on mental health services, …

Tánaiste to seek new legal advice on Lough Funshinagh – Naughten

In Agriculture, Environment, Families, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

A crisis intensified by climate change   Denis Naughten TD has obtained the agreement of the Tánaiste, Micheal Martin TD, to seek new legal advice from the Attorney General as a result of two new pieces of evidence that significantly change the facts of the Lough Funshinagh case considered by the courts in 2021. Deputy Naughten made the request following …

Concern as Long COVID Numbers Not Falling – Naughten

In Health, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Over 61,000 people have suffered from symptoms for more than 2 years New health research launched today has revealed the incidence of long COVID symptoms has remained stubbornly constant over the last 18 months, with 6% of adults currently reporting suffering from post-pandemic symptoms. The data is based on a series of polls, commissioned by Denis Naughten TD and conducted …

Time to End Means Testing for Family Carers!

In Blog, Disability, Families, Health, Local Issues, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

The Dáil Regional Group of TDs from across the Country are seeking cross-party support for their motion to end the means testing of family carers. This motion aims to replace the current Carers Allowance system with a non-means tested scheme based solely on care needs, recognising the invaluable contribution of over 500,000 family carers across Ireland. Family Carers, who represent …

What is the Patent Court Referendum about?

In Blog by Denis Naughten

The Unified Patent Court is like a big courtroom for all of Europe where inventors can protect their new inventions. Right now, if someone creates something new, and wants to keep it safe from being copied, they have to go through a lot of steps in different countries, which can be both expensive and complicated. This new court would make …

Health workers set to lose special leave for long COVID, says Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has urged the Government to reconsider its decision to terminate the special leave entitlement for frontline health workers who contracted COVID-19 early in the pandemic and have since been unable to return to work due to long COVID symptoms. Deputy Naughten has received confirmation from the Health Minister that these workers will be required to return to work …

Disappointment as Finance Minister rules out VAT cut for food businesses – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Urgent Call to Action: Save Our Small Businesses Now!   In a shocking revelation on the floor of the Dáil this week, the Minister for Finance has dismissed the plight of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across the nation, says local TD Denis Naughten.   Despite heartfelt pleas from struggling businesses across the region, the Minister in the Dail this week …

Denis Naughten pays tribute to late John Bruton

In Blog by Denis Naughten

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the former Taoiseach, John Bruton, earlier today. John was a politician who proudly wore his principles on his sleeve, never hesitating to stand by them, even when it was not politically expedient. He passionately believed that politics should be a tool for delivering social justice to every individual within this …

Saturday appointments addressing cardiology waiting list – Naughten

In Health, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has praised the Saolta Hospital Group for measures it has taken to address cardiology outpatient waiting times in Galway University Hospital. “Measures implemented under the HSE’s Waiting List Action Plan have seen additional temporary staff and overtime allocated for scheduled care so that valuable public hospital resources can be used at weekends to treat more elective …

Cut VAT and PRSI rates for struggling SMEs by Easter – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has called for reductions for VAT and PRSI rates for food businesses in the hospitality sector to be introduced before Easter to offer a lifeline for businesses. “I have been contacted by a number of local retailers and restaurants who are really struggling to keep their doors open at present and, sadly, some have already taken …