Denis Naughten

  • It's emerged the elderly are being hit three times - for renting out their family home under the Fair Deal scheme.

    It means thousands of homes are lying vacant because of fears it could affect their means-test when going into a nursing home.

    Independent Deputy Denis Naughten says they're being caught for the value of the home - the rent it could raise - and the money deposited in their account.

    He says the Government needs to take urgent action 'before whole streets are left derelict' across the country.

  • The government's being urged to provide immediate funding to prevent major job losses at Bord na Móna in the midlands.

    Unions claim all 2,000 jobs in the company are under threat because of a financial crisis.

    It's due to peat-harvesting being phased out, and Bord na Móna struggling to find other employment for staff.

    Former environment minister and Roscommon TD Denis Naughten says there are solutions that can prevent job losses.

  • The Government has backed down on a new law that critics say would have caused bingo halls to close around the country.

    Last night all parties in the Dáil passed a Sinn Fein amendment to the Gaming and Lotteries Bill.

    It increases the cap on prize money given out by bingo operators from 50 to 75 percent.

    It means the majority of community-run bingo games won't be affected, and follows a protest against the original legislation.

    Roscommon based Independent TD Denis Naughten says it's good news.

  • The Communications Minister Denis Naughten remains under pressure today over the controversy surrounding  a proposed merger of Independent News & Media and the Celtic Media group.

    It's alleged that the Roscommon-based Minister told a representative of INM about a Broadcasting Authority review of the merger deal - two months before he made it public.

    This has led to claims of insider information being given to Independent News and Media, and its largest shareholder Denis O’Brien.

    In the Dail yesterday evening, Minister Denis Naughten says he discussed the issue in a personal capacity, and denied any wrongdoing.

     

    However,  Fianna Fáil's Communications Spokesperson Timmy Dooley took issue with the Minister discussing the issue with a PR executive working for INM in a personal capacity.

     

    Last night, the Taoiseach Leo Varadker said Minister Naughten had given a clear explanation.

     

     

  • The Minister for Communications has resigned his position.

    In a statement to the Dail this afternoon, Denis Naughten said the Taoiseach asked him to reflect on his position, and he felt Leo Varadker no longer had confidence in him.

    The Roscommon TD has been under pressure to explain his contacts with businessman David Mc Court, who is part of a consortium bidding for the tender for the national broadband plan.

    In a defiant speech, Mr Naughten told the Dáil that there was no interference in the procurement process for the NBP, and he criticised the media and the opposition for what he called loose language and irresponsible politics.

    Minister Naughten said, however, that he hopes the broadband plan can be allowed to continue.

     

     

  • A row has broken out among two election candidates in Roscommon-Galway over the future of services at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Independent candidate Denis Naughten claims the Saolta Hospital Group is planning to close the A& E and maternity services at Portiuncla Hospital and relocate them to a new hospital on the grounds of Merlin Park in Galway.

    Plans are being developed for a new model 4 hospital on the grounds of Merlin Park Hospital, which would provide 24 / 7 acute surgery, acute medicine and critical care for counties Galway and Roscommon.

    Deputy Naughten says that, in reality, this means all in-patient surgery for Galway and Roscommon will be carried out at the Merlin Park site, and both the emergency and maternity departments currently based at Portiuncla Hospital will be relocated to the Merlin Park site also.

    However, FG's candidate in Roscommon-Galway Aisling Dolan insists there is NO plan to transfer maternity or A&E services from Portiuncla Hospital elsewhere.

    Councillor Dolan has received confirmation from the Saolta Group that the long-term plan is for a new hospital on the Merlin Park site to meet future demand for services.

    Plans to progress a new Emergency Department at the University Hospital Galway site will continue also, with new Women's and Children's Units on the upper floors of the new building, which will allow the transfer of services in existing facilities on the UHG siteto this building.

    The Saolta group says these developments will have no impact on the services currently provided in Portiuncla and Roscommon University Hospitals.