Minister admits grading machines can be more accurate – Naughten

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Yet getting it wrong on over 4 out of 10 cattle is ok?   The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed TD has written to Denis Naughten pointing out that the figures on the accuracy of beef grading machines at Departmental inspections can be as high as 94.8% for fat cover, a full 10% higher than first disclosed. Denis Naughten has …

New law will ensure cooperation on development of Athlone as a city

In Business & Jobs, Infrastructure, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

The Government has confirmed a commitment secured by local TD Denis Naughten that a new law will be introduced to ensure cooperation across the River Shannon on the development of Athlone as the key economic driver of the Heartlands Region, incorporating counties Roscommon, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath and East Galway. “The objective of this new law is to ensure that a …

Local business promote Hidden Heartlands at International Tourism event – Naughten

In News, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Local tourism businesses were this week promoting County Roscommon and ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’  to influential international buyers and tour operators at Fáilte Ireland’s Meitheal, Ireland’s largest annual travel trade show.   The local tourism businesses including  Athlone Castle, Clonalis House, Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Arigna Mining Experience, Hodson Bay Group, Kilronan Castle, Strokestown Park House, Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, …

€1.5m handout to disappearing children

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Each year 900 children disappear from our primary schools; the Department of Education does not know where they have gone. But the Department of Social Protection continues to hand out €1.5m a year in child benefit payments to their parents. It’s good to talk, so why don’t our schools, Tusla and Social Welfare talk to each other? It’s time not …

Naughten confirms €276k allocation for Roscommon-Galway communities

In Infrastructure, News by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has confirmed that communities across Roscommon-Galway are set to benefit from a new Government fund specifically targeting facilities in local communities. Under the Government’s new Community Enhancement Programme, Roscommon and Galway communities have been allocated €276,702. The Community Enhancement Programme which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, will provide a total of €4.5 …

Naughten tells Dáil grading machines getting it wrong on over 4 out of 10 cattle

In Agriculture, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has called for the replacement of outdated beef grading machines after he told Dáil Éireann that “on 38 occasions the grading machines were getting the grades wrong for more than four out of every ten animals that were being graded”. He pointed out that the legal tolerance limit set for beef grading machines currently in use in …

Up to €500,000 available to bring tourists to towns in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands – Naughten

In News, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement by Fáilte Ireland that it will invest €500,000 per county to boost the attractiveness and tourism appeal of towns across the country.  Through the scheme every County Council can submit a bid for funding of between €250,000 and €500,000 to develop up to two towns in their county which have the potential …

Issuing licences for oil exploration

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Over the last year I’ve had the opportunity to change Irish Government policy and to review other aspects of policy. As a result I’ve changed my mind on the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Amendment) (Climate Emergency Measures) Bill 2018 and I believe that Ireland should not issue new oil exploration licences in our territorial waters.   My view has …