Denis Naughten TD

  • Approval has been granted today for the N5 road project from Ballaghadereen to Scramogue to go to construction.

    The 34 km road, costing in the region of €200 million, will run from the end of the Ballaghadereen bypass to the townland of Scramogue in Co Roscommon, bypassing Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Tulsk and Strokestown.

    Roscommon-based Independent TD Denis Naughten has welcomed confirmation that the project can now proceed to the construction stage, and says the new road will improve journey times along the N5, and will reduce the cost of travel for businesses in Mayo and Roscommon.

     

     

  • A Roscommon-Galway TD is calling for a clampdown on profiteering during the current coronavirus pandemic.

    Independent deputy Denis Naughten says the cost of hand sanitizers in particular have risen due to increased demand.

    He says he came across one wholesaler selling it for 42 euro a litre - more than double the price before the crisis, and told Midwest News that this can't be allowed to continue....

  • The Government's decision to proceed with the National Broadband Plan is a turning point for the revitalisation of rural Ireland.

    That's according to former Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, who says fibre to the home is the only option to ensure high-speed broadband is available in every corner of the country for the 25 years of this project.

    While more expensive than other suggested options, Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten says fibre is the only viable solution - despite the initial cost.

    The Independent TD resigned as Minister for Communications last October following controversy over meetings he had with David McCourt, the businessman heading up the Granahan McCourt consortium, which was the only group bidding for the National Broadband Plan contract, and was yesterday approved by Cabinet.

    Deputy Naughten has repeatedly said that broadband will be as important in the coming years as rural electrification was in the last century.

    Speaking with Midwest News, he welcomed the Government's decision to proceed with the National Broadband Plan, which will provide high-speed broadband to over 540,000 premises in rural Ireland...