Minister Denis Naughten

  • Neueda Technologies has announced that it is to create 200 software development jobs in Athlone.

    The IT Training, development and consulting services company is headquartered in Belfast, and  is  establishing a Software Engineering Hub in Athlone where it will employ 200 staff over the next four years.

    Minister Denis Naughten says the  announcement is a major boost to Athlone which is fast becoming the Silicon Heartlands with the town set to have a bigger percentage of the workforce employed in software development than any town or city in Ireland or the UK.

    Athlone is set to have 15% of its workforce in the software sector which puts is well ahead of Dublin and its Silicon Docks.”

    Minister Naughten added: “”With towns such as Roscommon having an abundance of ready to move into office space, and with a new incubation hub about to become operational in Ballinasloe, other towns in the region are set to benefit from this major growth in the tech sector in Ireland’s Heartlands.

    He says the objective of creating a hub in Athlone and using that to bring more investment into the surrounding towns of Tullamore, Mullingar, Longford, Roscommon and Ballinasloe is clearly set out in the Government’s Project Ireland 2040.”

    Neueda Technologies will undertake software development services for global telecommunications and financial services clients.

    More than 70 members of staff have been hired already with that number expected to grow to over 80 by the end of the year. The new roles are almost exclusively for technology specialists including experienced software developers, cloud engineers and agile practitioners.

  • The Communications Minister Denis Naughten has defended his attendance at a dinner in New York hosted by the head of the bid for the National Broadband Plan, at which issues relating to the bid were briefly discussed.

    The Roscommon-based Minister says he and a number of his officials attended an event hosted by David McCourt, chairman of private investment firm Granahan McCourt.

    The last remaining bidder for the National Broadband Plan, a consortium originally led by E-net but now led by Granahan McCourt, submitted its tender last month.

    Minister Naughten says the issue was "discussed briefly" when he and Mr McCourt met in New York.

    Speaking on national radio, the Minister said he regularly meets with people who are investing - or planning to invest - in Ireland, and he added that he has never been directly involved in the procurement process relating to the NBP, which was a decision taken before he became minister.

    Fianna Fáil's communictions spokesman Timmy Dooley says Minister Naughten should not have attended the New York dinner, describing it as highly inappropriate, while Social Democrats' TD Catherine Murphy has said that Mr Naughten's meeting with Mr McCourt has undermined public confidence in the process of awarding a contract for the National Broadband Plan.

    This evening, Sinn Fein and the Green Party have called for the minutes of the dinner meeting in New York to be released.

  • The Communications Minister Denis Naughten insists the National Broadband Plan is still on track.

    Following the withdrawal of SSE from the Enet consortium over the weekend, concerns have been expressed about the delivery of broadband to rural areas.

    However, Minister Naughten told Midwest News today that tenders are expected from the Enet consortium in the coming weeks, and he expects the procurement process will be completed later this year, as expected.

    Minister Naughten said he does not expect this latest development to delay the rollout of the National Broadband Plan....

  • Minister Denis Naughten last night rejected claims that the closure of post offices in the west and midlands will lead to the closure of dozens of small businesses and job losses.

    According to RTE News, Minister Naughten was told at a public meeting in Athleague, that the decision to close 159 post offices was akin to treason in the economy of rural Ireland.

    11 post offices are due to close in Mayo, 17 in Galway and five in Roscommon.

    Minister Naughten was told at the meeting that there would be widespread closures of other small businesses in the constituency as a result.

    The Minister reiterated what he told Midwest News yesterday – that An Post was not withdrawing contracts and anybody who wished to stay open could do so, while independent reviews could also be sought.

    However Minister Naughten was widely criticised for a failure to support village post offices.

     

  • A new scheme has been launched this week, encouraging homeowners to install solar panels in their homes. 

    The pilot scheme offers grants for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of homes and extra funds to install battery storage systems. 

    Roscommon=based Environment Minister Denis Naughten says those interested should contact the Sustainable Energy Authority for full details. 

     

  • The Minister for Communications has demanded 'significant measures' in moderation practices at Facebook.

    Denis Naughten made the comments in a meeting with the social media giant in New York - days after an undercover report was aired by Channel 4 on the company's bad practices in monitoring harmful content.

    An account from the meeting - reported by the Irish Independent - showed the Minister saying that he was 'appalled' by their procedures.

    He said that changes needed to be made to ensure there was never a repeat of inappropriate content being allowed to remain on the site.

  • The government's urging us to stop and think, before putting our rubbish in the bin.

    It's national RE-USE month with householders and businesses urged to actively 're-use' more.

    Roscommon based Environment Minister Denis Naughten says people are already doing it.