Sugar tax, good or bad?

In News by Denis Naughten

In response to my Dáil question on the Government’s plans to introduce a sugar tax the Minister for Health stated: “The introduction of a sugar tax is one of a number of issues which is being considered by the Special Action Group on Obesity. I established this Group earlier in the year to identify a number of issues to help …

Local business could save €11m with gas extension

In Business & Jobs, Infrastructure, News by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed a report by the Western Development Commission on the extension of the natural gas infrastructure, which would save businesses in Leitrim and Roscommon close to €11m/year. On top of this local households could connect to the gas network and see their annual energy bill reduced by €485. The Western Development Commission (WDC) report makes …

Jobs Committee seeks report on MBNA

In Business & Jobs by Denis Naughten

The Dail Committee on jobs, Social Protection and Education has sought a report from Minister Richard Bruton in relation to concerns surrounding Bank of America’s MBNA operation in Carrick-on-Shannon. The Committee took the decision to seek a report from the Minister by 27th September as a result of a request from local TD Denis Naughten. “In light of Minister Bruton’s …

Report imminent on local septic tanks – Naughten

In News by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has been informed by the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, that he expects to have a report from the EPA concerning solutions for septic tanks in areas of poor ground conditions “in the near future”. This report will be of direct interest to those wishing to build a home in rural areas, some of which …

Alkermes will bring new potential to Monksland drug company – Naughten

In News by Denis Naughten

End of era as Elan hands over to Alkermes Local TD Denis Naughten has the change in ownership of Elan as the “end of an era” and has extended best wishes to Alkermes, the new owners of the site in Monksland. Speaking following the formal change of ownership Denis Naughten said: “This is the end of an era both for …

Bad maths leaves 1,100 older people waiting for nursing home bed – Naughten

In Health, Older People by Denis Naughten

Failure by the HSE and the Department of Health to properly project the demand for nursing home places has lead to a situation where the 1,700 additional places announced last June were taken up within 14 days. The situation has been highlighted by Denis Naughten TD who pointed out: “This gross miscalculation has now resulted in 1,100 older people, many …

Funding for Roscommon pool welcome – Naughten

In Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Investment is boost for local tourism Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €367,000 for Roscommon swimming pool pointing out that “it will improve accessibility to the pool for people with a disability”. “The funding will be of benefit to people with mobility difficulties, the elderly and local organisations such as the Brothers of Charity and the Resource …

Funding for Athlone pool welcome – Naughten

In Families, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Investment is boost for local tourism Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of funding for the swimming pool at Athlone Regional Sports stating that “it will improve accessibility to the pool for people with a disability”. “The funding will be of benefit to people with mobility difficulties, the elderly and local organisations such as the St. Hilda’s Services,” …

Roscommon should be promoted as Heritage County – Naughten

In Tourism by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has said heritage tourism is an overlooked element of the tourism industry in this country which if developed could offer serious potential for the industry locally. Deputy Naughten, who was speaking at the opening of Rinn Duinn Heritage Day in Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon, said: “Rinn Duinn as one of the best preserved Norman walled towns in …

One additional paramedic not good enough – Naughten

In Health, Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

The disclosure by the HSE that only one additional advanced paramedic has been appointed to the ambulance service following the closure of the A&E department at Roscommon County Hospital has been described as totally unacceptable by Denis Naughten TD. “At the time of the closure of Roscommon County Hospital both the HSE and Department of Health gave clear commitments to …