Roscommon TD

  • The decision by the HSE to close the Home Help Scheme to new entrants will trap carers in their homes and leave them unable to access a break from the 24/7 care they provide.

    That’s according to Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten who has warned that it will lead to a situation where families will have no choice but to admit older people to long term nursing home care.

    Deputy Naughten says the decision by the HSE to effectively ban the increase in home help hours to those who require more support and suspend the allocation of home help hours altogether to new applicants is a major reversal in policy.

  • The Government needs to think carefully before returning the VAT rate for hotels back up to 13.5 percent. That’s the view of Roscommon Fianna Fail deputy Eugene Murphy.

    Deputy Murphy says while hotels in Dublin and the other cities across the country may well be experiencing a boom, that is not the case for many rural establishments.

     He argues that a 9 percent vat rate is adequate, if the Government is serious about recognizing tourism as a major employer in the economy.

  • A Roscommon TD has called for immediate action to ensure that the money provided by Dáil Éireann for home help is used to increase hours available to support older people in their homes, not spent on administration.

    Independent TD Denis Naughten raised the matter in the Dail last night and said the decision by the HSE to suspend the allocation to home help hours to older people and their carers for the next five months, contradicts the €140m increase in funding for home help since this Government took office and the all-party Oireachtas Health Committee report, Slainte Care, on the reform of the health service in Ireland.

    He said we now have a situation where Government policy and Dáil Éireann are at complete variance with the policy actions by the HSE and we are told by the Taoiseach that Minister Daly is scrambling to gather the facts and is only set to meet with the HSE managers next week.

    Deputy Naughten says the HSE is completely unaccountable, making up its own policy and this has to put a stop to and the first step should be reversing these cuts immediately.

    He said there is far greater demand for home help hours in Galway, Roscommon and Mayo than anywhere else in the country so any decision to restrict the allocation of home help hours will have a disproportionate impact on local families and older people.

    Deputy Naughten spoke on the matter in the Dail last night.

  • Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice is calling for the government to have a 'golden share' in the National Broadband Plan.

    The Roscommon-Galway TD wants a number of safeguards to ensure the project doesn't become another fiasco.

    He wants an oversight committee to be established in the Dáil, made up of mostly rural TDs.

    The state is investing € 3 million in the project, but won't own the broadband network when it's completed.

    Deputy Fitzmaurice wants to ensure taxpayers money isn't wasted.