Deputy Denis Naughten

  • Roscommon/Galway deputy Denis Naughten, has welcomed the allocation of €179,000 for the small-scale enhancement of local walking trails across Roscommon & East Galway.

    “Funding has been allocated for the improvement of trails in Ballygar, Glenamaddy, Lawrencetown in East Galway and Boyle, Strokestown to Tarmonbarry and Granlahan in County Roscommon”.





    Name of Project

    Description of Project


    Funding Approved




    Aughrane Forest Trail Project - Phase 1

    Development and enhancement of trail.

    Aughrane Forest, Ballygar, Co. Galway





    Glenamaddy Frass Looped Walks Phase 1

    The minor upgrading of the existing bog road and upgrade of existing carpark.

    Frass Clooncon Bog, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway







    Lismany Kylemore Boardwalk

    Replace/Upgrade of boardwalk and viewing platform

    Lismany Kylemore Bog, Lawrencetown, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway






    Lismany Kylemore Trail

    Replace/Upgrade wooden boardwalk and viewing platform.

    Lismany Kylemore Bog, Lawrencetown, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway







    Boyle to Lough Key Cycleway

    Enhancement of cycle trail

    Boyle to Lough Key





    National Famine Way

    Upgrade of walk

    Strokestown to Tarmonbarry





    Video Marketing Campaign

    Marketing and Promotion

    Throughout Co Roscommon





    Visitor Monitoring Equipment

    Purchase & installation of effective visitor equipment at various locations along Roscommon’s trails/activities to collect date and in turn, drive decisions on development of outdoor trails/activities

    Throughout Co Roscommon











    Roscommon Leader

    Promotion/Marketing project for The Miners Way & Historical Trail Region

    Upgrade marketing material

    Una Bhan Tourism Co-operative Society, Grounds of King House, Main St. Boyle, Co. Roscommon







    Roscommon Leader

    Granlahan Loops

    Enhancement works and enhancements

    Granlahan, Co Roscommon



  • It's unacceptable that day services for people with disabilities and older people remain closed, or only open for part of the week, despite the fact that users and staff are vaccinated - that's according to Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten.

    Deputy Naughten says schools reopened last February, and indoor hospitality looks set to reopen next week, but he claims the Government has been slow to reopen day services across the country.

    The Independent TD raised the issue with Minister Eamon Ryan in the Dáil last week, and told Midwest News that it's not acceptable that these day care services have not fully reopened....


  • The Government confirmed yesterday that plans to increase the pension age to 67 from next January will not be going ahead.

    Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the decision that the pension age will be retained at 66.

    He says Minister Heather Humphreys confirmed the decision earlier this week to the Dail's Social Protection Committee, pending a report from the Commission on Pensions in mid-2021.

    Speaking with John Morley - Deputy Naughten acknowledged that we need a broader debate on how fund pensions into the future, but says there needs to be flexibility in the system.

  • The dental clinic which operates from Roscommon Hospital is to move to a permanent new location in Roscommon Primary Care Centre, according to deputy Denis Naughten.

    The deputy had been contacted by parents concerned that the service had been transferred temporarily out of the hospital as a result of Covid-19, which resulted in some patients being treated in Galway.

    He has now been informed that it is expected that dental services will commence in the primary care centre in mid-November, which is welcome news particularly for parents travelling to appointments with children. It has also been confirmed that in the interim patients are being offered services in Strokestown, Monksland, Boyle and Castlerea. Services are also due to recommence in Ballaghaderreen in the coming weeks, where a new dentist has joined the team.

  • Roscommon Independent deputy Denis Naughten has sought reassurance from Minister Charlie Flanagan that Roscommon Town will retain its status as a Garda Divisional Headquarters in any re-organisation of Garda Divisions.

    He says recent reports on a draft proposal for the Garda re-organisation of the force is suggesting that the Roscommon/Longford Division would be merged with Mayo under the changes which are due to be introduced at the end of the year.

    This would mean that there would be a single Garda Divisional Headquarters for this new super-division and deputy Naughten says the current Garda HQ in Roscommon Town is geographically well suited to service this expanded area.

    He says no final decision has been made on the re-configuration of the divisions but that people are concerned that Roscommon could lose out in the process.


  • Enforcing a one metre social distancing rule, rather than the present two metres,  and if the wearing of face masks had been made compulsory sooner, then our economy would have a better chance of bouncing back, while at the same time controlling the coronavirus. That’s the view of Roscommon/Galway Independent deputy Denis Naughten.

    The deputy says he believes that the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet), is basing all its decision on science, but he says a more balanced view is needed, to ensure that our economy is not destroyed.

    Speaking to Midwest News today he accused Nphet of secrecy and not providing all of the facts around the virus and its control.

  • The Road Safety Authority must not put drivers to the expense of having to make two visits to NCT centres with two sets of preparations for the test, according to Roscommon/ Galway Independent deputy Denis Naughten.

    He says the current proposal that drivers would have two make two trips to get an NCT cert is contrary to the contract that the company has with the State and if people are forced to attend twice, at the very least they should receive a full refund for the cost of the test.

    He argues that the problem exists with the contractor in fulfilling its obligations due to faulty equipment. However, it now seems that the Road Safety Authority is trying to pass this cost on to motorists, which is unacceptable.

    Deputy Naughten told Midwest News today that the Road Safety Authority cannot place this burden on motorists who are in no way responsible for the problem and under no circumstances should they be out of pocket as a result.

  • A former cabinet minister is calling for more talks to be held immediately to try to resolve the beef-farming dispute.

    Two rounds of negotiations were held recently between Beef Plan and Meat Industry Ireland, which represents factories.

    But farmers failed to secure the price increases they wanted  and unofficial protests have resumed outside some meat factories.

    Independent Roscommon TD and former environment minister Denis Naughten is calling for mediation talks to be convened immediately in an effort to find a solution.

  • Services for older people to stop them being admitted to hospital and encouraging a quicker return to their homes, are to be developed at the former A&E at Roscommon Hospital according to local deputy Denis Naughten.

    A reform of Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) services at Roscommon Hospital with an expanded range of services and additional staffing to ensure that the unit is better able to meet the needs of the local population, has been confirmed by the deputy.

     Earlier this year €750,000 per year was secured to expand services at the Medical Assessment Unit at the hospital with a view to extending the opening hours. However on review by hospital management it was deemed more beneficial, at this stage, to reform the service to provide an expanded model of care “more relevant to our local population, particularly older people and GP services” and which works within the constraints on the existing number of hospital beds.

     The focus will be on preventing people from having to be admitted to hospital in the first place and also minimizing the length of time people need to spend in hospital.

     Deputy Naughton says this is the first significant investment at the Urgent Care Centre in Roscommon Hospital since the A&E closed in 2011 and forms part of a commitment which he says he secured in the Programme for Government. 

    To facilitate the development  the hospital is in the process of recruiting 15 additional staff including a consultant physician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech & language therapist, dietician, pharmacist, social worker and specialist nurses who will form a multidisciplinary ‘Fraility Team’. 

    Additionally a new consultant radiologist, radiographer and cardiac physiologist will allow the hospital to provide additional diagnostics.

    The enhanced services will allow GPs, he says, to refer medical patients to the MAU for a range of issues including falls, breathlessness, stable chest pain, neurology and rheumatology conditions. 

  • Independent TD for Roscommon/ Galway, Denis Naughten says he is prepared to work with the Green Party in Government, despite significant disagreement on climate change targets.

    The Greens want any new administration to commit to cutting emissions by 7 per cent a year.

    Green party members are considering a response to their request from Fianna Fail and Fine Gael for clarification on how a coalition could work.

    Denis Naughten a member of the Regional Independent Group says he'd be prepared to engage with the Green party.

  • 40% of livestock marts around the country have a poor broadband service - according to the Government's own website.

    It shows marts in Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Sligo are among 19 marts included under the National Broadband Plan to have their service upgraded.

    With 40% of marts failing to have decent broadband, the current restrictions allowing only online sales of cattle and sheep need to be reviewed, according to Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten.


    Meanwhile, farming organisations are also calling for a limited number of bidders to be allowed in the ring at mart sales, while adhering to social distancing and other public health guidelines.

    The IFA, Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association, ICMSA and the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association have all called on the Government to make immediate changes to the current restrictions, to facilitate ring-side buyers in a socially-distanced manner.



  • An increase in carbon tax in tomorrow's budget could have a disproportionate impact on rural Ireland.

    That's the view of former Environment Minister, Roscommon Independent deputy Denis Naughten, who has raised concerns over the potential hike.

    An increase in carbon tax by Finance Minister Paschal Donohue will push up the cost of petrol, diesel, heating oil and other fuels.

    Deputy Naughten told Midwest News today that people in the capital may be able to avoid the tax, but it's a different story for people in rural areas without access to an adequate public transport system.

  • Some hospitals have cut 10 per cent of their beds to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

    Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Denis Naughten claims that's the case at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    The Regional Independent TDs have secured a Dail debate on the matter today, amid concerns that the number of patients on hospital trolleys has risen, on average, to over 100 per day across the country since the start of this month, as a direct result of the bed reconfiguration in hospitals to reduce the risk of infection due to coronavirus.

    Deputy Naughten is calling on the Health Minister Simon Harris will explain the measures being taken to address the reduction in bed capacity, and says urgent action is needed....

  • A Roscommon TD is calling on the Taoiseach to intervene to ensure that housebound older people are told when they can expect to receive the Covid-19 vaccine through the National Ambulance Service.

    On 11th March the National Ambulance Service started the Covid vaccination of housebound patients around the Dublin area, and a week later the HSE said 300 of the estimated 1,500 nationally that are housebound had been vaccinated.

    We are now into the third week of the vaccination programme for housebound older people and Deputy Naughten says he cannot find out when housebound people in the West of Ireland will be vaccinated.

    He says local health management don't know, not do the patients' GPs....

  • The Data Protection Commission is examining complaints it has received in relation to Covid 19 test results being made available to employers before staff members.

    It centres on tests carried out at certain facilities.

    Individuals have expressed shock and upset at receiving their results from managers, rather than the HSE.

    The Chief Medical Officer has said the practice whereby the HSE is giving employers the Covid-19 test results of their employees is "a breach of confidentiality".

    Dr Tony Holohan told the Dáil's Covid-19 committee meeting today that "employers should not be receiving result for employees".

    Confirmation that test results were shared with employers before employees clearly shows that basic data protection rights of individuals were ignored by the HSE, says Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten.

    He has given examples of staff in meat plants and nursing homes who were informed of their Covid test results by their employer.

    The Independent TD says this cannot be tolerated, and results should be provided directly to those tested as soon as they become available.


  • Employers will no longer be told about their workers Covid-19 test results.

    Yesterday, the HSE confirmed the issue had been taking place in some 'exceptional' circumstances.

    However, it now says the practice is being suspended as it seeks advice on the matter from the data protection commissioner.

    Following a further 16 deaths yesterday, the death toll from the virus now stands at 1,561, and there are 24,251 confirmed cases - including an additional 51 cases confirmed yesterday evening.

    The number of confirmed cases in Mayo is up 4 since yesterday at 556, with 438 confirmed cases in Galway, 307 in Galway-  that's an increase of 6 cases - 307 cases in Roscommon, up 3, 129 in Sligo - unchanged from the previous day - and up one in Leitrim to 80 confirmed cases.


    Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten has welcomed confirmation that the HSE is to suspend its practice of sharing medical results with employers before workers, but again questioned why this practice was used in the first instance.

    Deputy Naughten, who first raised this issue in the Dail last week, says the key question that remains unanswered is why did the HSE disregard data protection laws regarding medical test results.

    He believes it's because those responsible either wait weeks for the contract tracing system to inform staff of their results, or try to get the information out quickly to the employer in order to reduce the spread of the infection.

    The Independent TD claims this breach of data protection has occurred because the current contract tracing system in not working.





  • The Government has announced that a major trauma centre is to be developed at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, and a second such centre in Cork servicing the south of the country.

    The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says the Major Trauma Units will provide specialist services, leading to better outcomes for severely-injured patients.

    However, it was decided by Cabinet 3 years ago that the reconfiguration of trauma services would NOT go ahead until additional resources were provided for the road ambulance service, with improvements also in the air ambulance service.

    That's according to Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Denis Naughten, who's questioned how a trauma patient will be transferred to the Mater Hospital without extra ambulance resources being required.

    Deputy Naughten added that a number of ambulances have now been deployed to vaccinate elderly people who are housebound, leaving the service even more stretched than usual - he's outlined his concerns to Midwest News...

  • People with underlying conditions will be moved up the Covid-19 vaccination priority list.

    The Government has accepted the advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, which includes moving those aged 16 to 69 who're very high risk, such as some cancer patients, from seventh to fourth on the list, just after the over 70s.

    The fifth cohort has also been changed to include people aged 65 to 69 whose underlying condition puts them at high risk.


    However, Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten is questioning why vulnerable children are being ignored by NIAC in the announcement on the revised vaccination strategy.

    The Independent TD says he accepts that these children with underlying medical conditions cannot be vaccinated themselves, because we have yet to receive vaccine trial evidence on children, but he says it makes it even more important to vaccinate those adults who are in constant contact with vulnerable children in order to minimise the risk of them picking up Covid-19.

    Deputy Naughten says another vulnerable cohort are fulltime family carers.

    He says that, if carers get sick, then many older people will be forced into hospital or long-term care, putting further pressure on our health system.

    Across the EU, US, UK and many other countries, vaccinating family carers is seen as international best practice, yet he says, family carers are still being ignored here in Ireland.




  • The leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens will meet more Independent TDs today, as government formation talks continue.

    They'll meet the eight deputies from the Regional Group this afternoon. 

    Yesterday,  Sligo's Marian Harkin and Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice were told they could get access to Ministers, and deals for their respective constituencies if they support the new Government.

     It's understood this would be the arrangement, rather than the promise of Ministerial posts.

    Today, it's the turn of the regional group of Independent TDs - which includes Roscommon's Denis Naughten and Galway TDs Sean Canney and Noel Grealish.

    Deputy Naughten told Midwest News that he and his colleagues will meet today with the three party leaders, for an update on progress so far, and an indication of when a  new Government might be formed....

  • It looks like the resignation of Denis Naughton as Communications Minister hasn't hit Fine Gael badly.

    The party's still riding high in the latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll and is unchanged on 33 per cent.

    Fianna Fail has seen a boost in support in the wake of the budget  - it's up three to 25 per cent, while Sinn Fein's up 1 to 15 per cent

    1,000 adults over 18 were interviewed between Thursday, October the 11th and Wednesday the 17th.