Education Minister could look to own Dept. for child benefit savings – Naughten

In Child Benefit Reform by Denis Naughten

School attendance payment could create €50m fund for pre-school extension Abolishing child benefit for school age children and replacing it with a school attendance payment would lead to savings of up to €50m which could be used to fund a targeted extra pre-school year for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, claims Denis Naughten TD. “The Education Minister has the tools at …

Health Committee seek submissions in advance of public hearings on abortion

In Health by Denis Naughten

2nd May 2013 Local TD & Member of the Oireachtas Health Committee Denis Naughten has stated that the committee are seeking written submissions in advance of dealing with Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013.   The Committee has agreed to hold three days of public hearings on the 17th, 20th and 21st May and in advance of the public …

People who cut turf will not pay carbon tax – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Wednesday 1st May 2013 Local TD Denis Naughten has confirmed that the Revenue Commissioners have categorically stated to him that hoppers of peat or spreads of turf are not liable to the new carbon tax which came into effect on 1st May.   “Over the last week I have been inundated with questions on this very issue and the Revenue …

Vital US immigration meeting takes place today – Naughten

In News by Denis Naughten

Monday 22nd April 2013 A vital meeting between Congressman Paul Ryan, former Republican vice-presidential candidate, and the Chicago Irish lobby for US Immigration Reform is to take place later today (Monday).   “This meeting is vital because without achieving significant support from the Republican Party in the US Congress this reform plan, which could allow up to 50,000 undocumented Irish …

Naughten welcomes historic move to address undocumented Irish in US

In Young People by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed the publication of a bipartisan plan by US Senators to provide a 13-year pathway to citizenship for the undocumented Irish in the United States.   Any person who was resident in the United States before 31st December 2011 and who has remained there since that date will be eligible to apply for a six year …

Documentary highlights need national sick children fund that would SAVE money

In Health by Denis Naughten

Monday 25th March 2013 Government spend per child could be slashed while providing better service   Denis Naughten TD, Member of the Dáil Health Committee, has reiterated his call for the establishment of a national fund for children with a life limiting condition, following the airing of a documentary on RTÉ1 “No Time to Die” which looks at paediatric palliative …

2015 reference year will destroy farming – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Plans to use 2015 as the new single farm payment reference year have been described as “a disaster for active farmers locally” by local TD Denis Naughten.   “If such a proposal is included in the final reform of CAP then farmers with substantial single farm payments under the current system in the South and East of the country will …

Ireland becoming safe haven for convicted sex offenders – Naughten

In News by Denis Naughten

  The Department of Justice’s on-going failure to close a gaping hole in the law is allowing Ireland to become a safe haven for convicted sex offenders, claims Denis Naughten TD. In 2009 former Justice Minister, Dermot Ahern, stated that the failure to close off the notification period loophole for the registration of sex offenders would lead to Ireland becoming …