Local autism places update

In East Galway, Education, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic, South Roscommon, Young People by Denis Naughten

Last night in Dáil Éireann I raised the failure by the Department of Education to provide secondary school places for 11 local children, and the broader issue of specific classes at primary school level. Watch what I said here:   I had previously raised this specific issue in the Dáil 4 weeks ago with the Minister: https://youtu.be/6FUExmazgO4 Dáil Éireann debate …

Construction starts on new 50 bed ward block at Portiuncula – Naughten

In East Galway, Health, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, Posts by Topic, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Construction of the new 50 bed ward block at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, will commence this week, local TD Denis Naughten has confirmed. “It has taken 4.5 years since I secured a commitment in Government through Project Ireland 2040 for this project, which was delivered upon by then Minister for Health Simon Harris in October 2019,” stated Denis Naughten. “While there is …

Naughten welcomes progress on appointment of Parkinson’s nurse

In Health, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed progress on the appointment of Parkinson’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Galway University Hospital. Deputy Naughten confirmed of Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist was advertised this week by the HSE and applications will close on 20th June. “This is welcome progress in the recruitment of this important position,” stated Denis Naughten. ENDS.

Disappointment at lack of student helpline support

In Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic, Young People by Denis Naughten

The refusal of the HSE to consider establishing a mental health helpline for students sitting State exams has been criticised by Denis Naughten TD and Galway County Councillor Dr. Evelyn Parsons. “The West Regional Health Forum had recommended to the HSE that the National Office of Mental Health and Wellbeing establish a mental health helpline for those sitting State exams …

€30m post office package welcome but Government still silent on long term sustainability – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Families, Infrastructure, Local Issues, News, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

The allocation of €30m in once off-funding over three years to the post office network is welcome but ignores the need for a long-term sustainability strategy that is key for postmasters/mistresses to decide if they will continue to keep the doors open, says Denis Naughten TD. “As the architect behind the strategic plan to save An Post and its network …

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

I recently received a query regarding the HSE suopport for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. On foot of that I tabled the following question to the Minister for Health To ask the Minister for Health the reason that the HSE will not approve surgical interventions for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome under the European Union Cross-Border Directive or the treatment abroad scheme; the treatments …

As oil hits $120/barrel we need to look again at how we construct carbon taxes which are failing both families and our environment

In Blog, Energy, Environment, Families by Denis Naughten

     A carbon tax is supposed to be an environmentally-focused tax to drive behavioural change in the use of fossil fuels. In such circumstances, the most effective tax is the one that brings in little revenue because it is doing what it should, which is to drive behavioural change. The focus of an environmentally focused tax should never be on revenue but rather on motivating …

Ericsson jobs boost confirms midlands as Silicon Heartlands – Naughten

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

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement by Ericsson that it is to recruit 250 people at its Research and Development Centre in Athlone to support the ongoing development of its global 5G mobile technology programme. “This is a significant endorsement of Athlone as an integral part of Ericsson’s global research and development footprint from a company which has …

Naughten welcomes plan to recruit Parkinson’s nurse

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed confirmation from the HSE that plans to recruit a Parkinson’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Galway University Hospital are now at an advanced stage. Deputy Naughten was informed this week that the job specification for the full-time post is now being finalised. The Parkinson’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner post helps patients to manage their illness through making …

Local children traveling 4,500km/week to access education

In Blog, Education by Denis Naughten

11 local children are facing a 4,500km/week journey to access an autism specific second level class in either Glenamaddy or Longford Town because there is no capacity in the Athlone schools to cater for the students. I raised this issue in the Dáil this week and have received a commitment from Minister Madigan that local places will be secured for …