Artificial Intelligence or AI seldom gets good press

In Blog, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

Artificial Intelligence or AI seldom gets good press; take the examples of ChatGPT which has been banned in many Universities across the world due to the potential for student plagiarism or the controversy surrounding the Hollywood writers’ strike calling it a “plagiarism machine”. There has also been concerns about the potential of Deepfakes to misrepresent reality by manipulating media by …

Today is World Environment Day 2023

In Blog, Environment, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

How does plastic pollution affect us? An estimated 19 to 23 million tonnes of plastic leak into aquatic ecosystems annually. Plastic pollution has devastating effects on a wide array of organisms in our seas, rivers, and on land. Marine litter harms more than 800 species. More than 90 per cent of all birds and fish are believed to have plastic particles in their stomachs. The effects …

Further blow to disabled drivers – Naughten

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

Disabled drivers and passengers are facing a further setback after it was revealed to Denis Naughten TD that the National Rehabilitation Hospital is to withdraw from its role in the Primary Medical Certificate appeals process. This compounds problems already experienced for those trying to obtain the certificate following the blanket resignation of the appeals board, which effectively meant the vast …

Frontline workers must receive long Covid supports – Naughten

In Disability, Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten has called on Government to ensure all frontline workers who contracted Covid through their employment, and who were subsequently forced out of work due to long Covid symptoms, are able to avail of supports until they are fit to return to work. “At present, 120 frontline healthcare workers with long Covid are availing of a special leave …

May is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis M.E. Awareness Month

In Blog, Health, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

M.E. has been described as “an often-debilitating disease” that has a prevalence close to one percent worldwide which would equate to around 52,000 people in Ireland or roughly the population of the county of Waterford (Bonilla, H. et al., 2023) With the number of people with M.E. / CFS on the rise following long-COVID, it is estimated that around 45% …

Social Protection Committee publishes report on the Automatic Enrolment Retirement Savings System Bill

In Business & Jobs, News, Posts by Topic, Young People by Denis Naughten

The Joint Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands has today May 3rd, published its pre-legislative scrutiny report on the Automatic Enrolment Retirement Savings System Bill.   Read the report and its recommendations in full here.   This Committee have put forward 21 recommendations in this report which span over 9 key issues.   In its pre-legislative …

Dept of Health fails to establish vaccine damage compensation unit despite assurances– Naughten

In Health, News, Posts by Topic, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

The Department of Health has failed to establish a separate unit to deal with a vaccine damage compensation scheme, three years after the Minister received a report on the current system for managing claims and four years after the Health Research Board (HRB) carried out an evidence review on such schemes in other jurisdictions, Denis Naughten TD has revealed. Denis …

Decade long transport lockdown for people with a disability – Naughten

In Disability, Families, Infrastructure, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten will tell the Dáil next week that people with a disability have effectively been coping with a decade long lockdown because of the failure to put transport supports in place to allow them to access work and other community activities. “Ten years ago the Government suspended the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant for new applicants …

Up to Health Minister to designate long Covid as occupational illness – Naughten

In Campaigns, Health, News, Posts by Topic, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

International Workers’ Memorial Day must be used to ensure income support provided to all frontline workers The decision to designate long Covid as an occupational illness lies with the Department of Health and Minister Donnelly, Denis Naughten TD has stated. “The Secretary General of the Department of Social Protection made it clear to the Oireachtas Committee that the decision on …

Naughten welcomes grant of €50,000 for empty homes

In Families, Infrastructure, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement that families can now apply for a grant of €50,000 to refurbish a home that has been vacant for two years, with an additional top-up grant available if the property is derelict. The details of the revised grant scheme will be published by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien TD after this week’s Cabinet …