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Denis Naughten said : “The mechanical grading machines in use in beef plants across the country today were first trialled and tested 20 years ago by Teagasc. At that time google was just invented and people needed an encyclopaedia if we wanted to look something up,” “Technology has changed a lot in 20 years and we now need new hi-tech beef grading machines and new modern rules to operate them so they can accurately reflect the actual grade of the animal. These new rules then need to be properly enforced by Departmental officials to ensure that farmers will not be exploited” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “What is hugely frustrating is the fact that these grading machines can easily be over 90% accurate but this requires vigorous enforcement by Department of Agriculture inspectors,” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “The mechanical grading machines in use in beef plants across the country today were first trialled and tested 20 years ago by Teagasc,” External link

agriland Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3:30:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “What is hugely frustrating is the fact that these grading machines can easily be over 90% accurate but this requires vigorous enforcement by Department of Agriculture inspectors,” External link

agriland Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3:30:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “This is not an easy time for Deputy Cowen or his family. It is a lonely place that he is in at this point. I have known him since he entered Dáil Éireann and I have worked with him and his brother before him. At a time when just transition is a key term across the midlands, it was reassuring to know that we had someone at the Cabinet table who knew the issues and challenges facing our communities as a result of the wind down of Bord na Móna,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, July 15, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated ( about Simon Harris ) : "As a result, the Health Minister Simon Harris will appear before Dáil Éireann tomorrow to explain what measures he is taking to address the reduction in capacity of our hospitals as a result of Covid-19," External link

offalyindependent Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded ( about Simon Harris ) : "There are interim measures that can be taken in every hospital across the country and I hope that Minister Harris can outline the steps which he is now taking to make this happen. This must also include the use of smaller hospitals to take the pressure off the bigger acute hospitals," External link

offalyindependent Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about An Garda Siochana ) : “It's definitely something that he (Dectective Garda Horkan) would have known about growing up,” “He may not have been old enough to remember it but all of the community would remember their tragic deaths. "This brings all of that back, particularly to the community in west Roscommon and around Castlerea. It adds to the tragedy” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, June 18, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about An Garda Siochana ) : "I’m absolutely shocked & saddened to hear that a Garda has died in the line of duty in Castlerea. " External link

thesun Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:40:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about An Garda Siochana ) : “It's definitely something that he (Dectective Garda Horkan) would have known about growing up,” “He may not have been old enough to remember it but all of the community would remember their tragic deaths. "This brings all of that back, particularly to the community in west Roscommon and around Castlerea. It adds to the tragedy” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, June 18, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten told : “This is devastating news for his family, for his fellow gardaí and the community,” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “This is a huge shock to the community as a whole, to the Garda force throughout the Roscommon-Longford Garda division which would be a close-knit Garda force here. Everyone knows everyone, it is a rural division,” “It is a huge blow to the force, to the community and, of course, particularly to the Garda’s family,” External link

thejournal Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten told : “This is devastating news for his family, for his fellow gardaí and the community,” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “This is a huge shock to the community as a whole, to the Garda force throughout the Roscommon-Longford Garda division which would be a close-knit Garda force here. Everyone knows everyone, it is a rural division,” “It is a huge blow to the force, to the community and, of course, particularly to the Garda’s family,” External link

thejournal Thursday, June 18, 2020 11:42:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten claimed : “That is okay, according to climate mathematicians – but not the atmosphere,” External link

agriland Monday, June 15, 2020 4:19:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten told : “My understanding is that in all instances where there was general screening done of meat plant staff and nursing home staff, all [who were asymptomatic] remained within the workplace, until they received notice of a positive result,” External link

thejournal Sunday, June 14, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “Unless we get this right and we have transparent answers from the HSE then we risk exposing our people to a second wave of Covid-19 infection,” External link

thejournal Sunday, June 14, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten argued : “In recent weeks, the HSE has been playing with words rather than giving straight answers as to the contact tracing of meat plant workers and those in close contact with them” External link

agriland Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:27:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten argued : “In recent weeks, the HSE has been playing with words rather than giving straight answers as to the contact tracing of meat plant workers and those in close contact with them” External link

agriland Thursday, June 11, 2020 12:56:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “in some instances, only about a third of the close contacts of those that have been identified as positive within the meat industry have now been followed up,” External link

agriland Friday, June 5, 2020 1:55:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “Every time we hear of ‘ Just Transition ’ we are always one more announcement away from action,” External link

agriland Monday, May 25, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “The Minister for Agriculture needs to inform Dáil Éireann if any of his 250 veterinary and technical staff involved in supervising and regulating the operations of the 56 slaughter plants had raised concerns about their operation under Covid restrictions” External link

agriland Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “Today’s questioning in Dáil Éireann is not about attributing blame, but about learning from the mistakes made in the nursing home sector and the meat processing sector to ensure they are not repeated in other communities throughout the country and protecting against a second wave of Covid 19 infection,” External link

agriland Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten says : “I believe there has been a systemic failure across all three Government Departments, which has resulted in 800+ staff - including up to half of the workforce in at least one meat plant - who have become infected,” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:14:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “Today’s questioning in Dáil Éireann is not about attributing blame, but about learning from the mistakes made in the nursing home sector and the meat processing sector to ensure they are not repeated in other communities throughout the country and protecting against a second wave of Covid 19 infection,” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:14:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “To date neither the Minister for Health nor the HSE have addressed the core point I made in Dáil Éireann last Thursday, that this breach of data protection was because the current contact tracing system is just not working,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “This failure to get the system right is undermining the heroic efforts by every citizen in the State to stop the spread of this virus and we cannot allow a second wave of infection under any circumstances,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "To date neither the Minister for Health nor the HSE have addressed the core point I made in Dáil Éireann last Thursday, that this breach of data protection was because the current contact tracing system is just not working," External link

RTERadio Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “I believe it is because those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of either waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform staff of their results or trying to get the information out quickly in order to reduce the spread of the infection,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:03:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “The suggestion has been that this was done to overcome a language barrier, but in all instances that I furnished to Minister Harris these were Irish people because most of the foreign employees are afraid to speak up,” External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “This failure to get the system right is undermining the heroic efforts by every citizen in the State to stop the spread of this virus and we cannot allow a second wave of infection under any circumstances,” External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “But the key question here is why did the HSE blatantly disregard very basic data protection laws regarding medical test results? I believe it is because those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of either waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform staff of their results or trying to get the information out quickly in order to reduce the spread of the infection. "This cannot be tolerated, results should be provided directly to those tested as soon as they become available,” External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about Simon Harris ) : “The suggestion has been that this was done to overcome a language barrier, but in all instances that I furnished to Minister Harris these were Irish people,” External link

agriland Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:44:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten argued : “Those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of either waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform staff of their results or trying to get the information out quickly in order to reduce the spread of the infection,” “This cannot be tolerated; results should be provided directly to those tested as soon as they become available,” External link

agriland Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:44:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “I believe it is because those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of either waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform staff of their results or trying to get the information out quickly in order to reduce the spread of the infection,” External link

thejournal Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:38:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “I personally know of one family who waited seven weeks to get results and ultimately only received them after I brought the delay to the direct attention of HSE national management. These delays in contacting those tested and following up on their close contacts is dictating how clusters of infection are being managed. For example, I could not understand that if there was such a swift turnaround in testing, as outlined to TDs by the HSE, why meat plants were not closed by public health officials until the Covid screening results came back. But clearly the reason for the current management of clusters is because of the inordinate delays in providing results through the contact tracing system. What seems to be happening is that positive results are prioritised for disclosure and negative results are long-fingered because all results would have been issued to the contact tracing system by the laboratory at the one time. There is no other reason why there would be weeks of a differential between staff in a single facility being informed if they are positive or negative. This failure to get the system right is undermining the heroic efforts by every citizen in the State to stop the spread of this virus and we cannot allow a second wave of infection under any circumstances,” External link

westmeathindependent Tuesday, May 19, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten explained : “Next Thursday evening [May 21] will see Minister Creed answer for the 250 veterinary and technical staff involved in supervising and regulating the operations of 56 slaughter plants; Minister Harris will answer for the public health & HSE [Health Service Executive] management of the clusters of infection; and Minister Humphreys will answer for the Health & Safety Authority [HSA], which is responsible for the protection of workers,” External link

agriland Monday, May 18, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “I firmly believe that if we do not learn from the mistakes made in our nursing homes and in our meat plants then we risk a second wave of Covid-19 infection which will be disastrous for the health of our people and our economic recovery” External link

agriland Monday, May 18, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "All workers who were tested are supposed to be out of the plant for 14 days if they are positive," External link

RTERadio Saturday, May 16, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten warned : “There are now clusters of infection surrounding meat plants where the levels of infection within the plants themselves is up to one third or in some instances half of the workforce” External link

agriland Friday, May 15, 2020 2:45:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “Ahead of the start of re-opening the economy next week we must address the fundamental problems within the meat processing sector which could be replicated in other parts of industry and which could be catastrophic,” External link

westmeathindependent Friday, May 15, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “After such heroic efforts by every citizen in the State to stop the spread of this virus we cannot allow a second wave of infection under any circumstances. So, while we must remain cautious in how we relax restrictions, we must also learn to live with Covid-19 which will be with us for a considerable time to come,” External link

westmeathindependent Friday, May 15, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “We have a serious problem within our meat plants, which should come as no surprise because this is a global problem that has sadly been replicated here in Ireland,” External link

agriland Friday, May 15, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “Those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform staff of their results or trying to get the information out quickly in order to reduce the spread of the infection. This cannot be tolerated, results should be provided directly to those tested as soon as they become available,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “This failure to get the system right is undermining the heroic efforts by every citizen in the State to stop the spread of this virus we cannot allow a second wave of infection under any circumstances,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “I believe that there are fundamental flaws in relation to the way we have managed the Covid infection in our meat plants,” “We now need a review of that to ensure that weaknesses within the testing regime and the tracing regime are addressed immediately in advance of more businesses opening up next week” External link

beat102103 Wednesday, May 13, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "I believe that there are fundamental flaws in relation to the way we have managed the Covid infection in our meat plants," "We now need a review of that to ensure that weaknesses within the testing regime and the tracing regime are addressed immediately in advance of more businesses opening up next week" External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, May 13, 2020 1:33:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “While work is ongoing across the country to address specific clusters of Covid-19 infection associated with meat plants and asylum centres, it was clear from my engagement with communities and public health staff that there was a need for far greater support at national level and I’m thankful to the HSE for acting swiftly on my request,” “I asked HSE management to set up a national coordination team to deal specifically with this situation and to ensure that staff, particularly non-Irish staff, are given the proper information in person and in documentation in their native language” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, May 13, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “So, while we must remain cautious in how we relax restrictions, we must also learn to live with Covid-19 which will be with us for a considerable time to come,” External link

agriland Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “While work is ongoing across the country to address specific clusters of Covid-19 infection associated with meat plants and asylum centres, it was clear from my engagement with communities and public health staff that there was a need for far greater support at national level and I’m thankful to the HSE for acting swiftly on my request,” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 11, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “We have seen the impact of the failure to take action in the US where meat processing has ground to a halt, but this would have a far bigger impact in Ireland where it could lead to a second wave of Covid-19 infections in communities where there has been a low level of infection to date,” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 11, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “We have seen the impact of the delay in reacting to Covid-19 infections in nursing homes and I now welcome the more pro-active approach being taken to ensure that we do not have a similar story in our meat processing facilities or asylum centres across the country,” External link

agriland Monday, May 11, 2020 2:07:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “HSE management accepts that efforts need to be taken to protect this specific industry and acknowledged that it is more difficult to provide for social distancing in such facilities,” External link

agriland Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:28:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "It makes no sense that parts of the country with low rates of Covid-19 infection should remain in lockdown to the same extent as areas where there is a significant problem" External link

herald-ie Thursday, April 30, 2020 5:27:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “It makes no sense that parts of the country with low rates of Covid-19 infection should remain in lockdown to the same extent as areas where there is a significant problem” External link

independent-ie Thursday, April 30, 2020 12:01:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten urged ( about Richard Bruton ) : “The decision by Bord na Móna to lay off 230 staff, following on from the shut down of Lanseboro & Shannonbridge power stations, has huge implications for job retention right across the region and we need to hear from Minister Bruton,” External link

agriland Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten argued ( about Richard Bruton ) : “Workers & their families across the midlands need answers from Minister Bruton on what is happening and what has happened in the last two weeks since he received notice of the closure of the West Offaly power plant,” External link

agriland Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “My fear is that this issue, while a priority before Christmas, will be brushed under the carpet after the Covid-19 crisis. The present situation is extremely serious and we need answers now from the minister on this vital issue” External link

agriland Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "The numbers may be there but how strong is it? If some Independents go in reluctantly will they stick it out through the next budget? What's needed is a Government that has longevity" External link

RTERadio Monday, April 20, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “There is no point in participating in that type of government” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:48:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "These very people were ‘leading by example’ in terms of Government the policy of pushing up the retirement age and they are the very first people to be sacrificed in terms of welfare support" External link

independent-ie Thursday, April 2, 2020 4:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten asked : "How can the Department credibly defend its policy to push up the retirement age when it is turning its back on those older people who have been contributing to the economy until this crisis?" External link

independent-ie Thursday, April 2, 2020 4:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "He asked me last Monday at the commencement of the party leaders meeting," External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "The simple fact is that the faster this virus spreads, the greater the loss of life. " External link

independent-ie Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "We're afraid that if house parties cannot be controlled that we could be looking to a situation in the coming weeks that the Trojan effort by our citizens to curb the rate of infections could be undermined by a small number of irresponsible people. " External link

independent-ie Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “There are other instances where a sunset clause has been included in legislation such as the Offences Against the State Act that has to be renewed on an annual basis by Dáil Eireann” External link

thejournal Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “There are other instances where a sunset clause has been included in legislation such as the Offences Against the State Act that has to be renewed on an annual basis by Dáil Eireann,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:36:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “These projects are all part of a bigger jigsaw of developing a range of tourism activities throughout the Hidden Heartlands region to encourage tourists to visit and stay in our local towns and villages,” External link

longfordleader Friday, February 21, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “I humbly ask you for the opportunity to preside over (the Dáil) as your advocate and as your servant,” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, February 20, 2020 4:46:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “The two big parties need to come together, they need to engage and we reiterated that again today, but there needed to be some new impetus to move this along” External link

thejournal Wednesday, February 19, 2020 11:48:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “Last September the HSE and the Royal College of Surgeons lauded the new rapid access service developed at Roscommon Hospital saying that this was the future for smaller hospitals. Yet now we find that the new service, which can save lives as well as save the HSE significant funds treating patients, is to be stopped with no apparent reason being given by HSE management,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, January 27, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “Approximately 1,350 patients of the 9,000 long waiting list for urology are passing blood and urgently need to be assessed by a consultant. But some urgent cases are taking 6-12 months to get an appointment,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, January 27, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “It must be remembered that breaching these rules is directly taking money out of the pockets of hard-pressed beef farmers which is on top of the current depressed prices,” External link

agriland Thursday, December 19, 2019 3:51:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about Martin Kenny ) : "The fact is that bingo is a vital social outlet in communities right throughout this country and I'm very happy to see TDs across Ireland, of different political parties rally around Deputy Martin Kenny and I to secure this vital change to the law to protect bingo goers" External link

independent-ie-regional Saturday, December 14, 2019 3:45:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about Martin Kenny ) : “The fact is that bingo is a vital social outlet in communities right throughout this country and I’m very happy to see TDs across Ireland, of different political parties rally around Deputy Martin Kenny and I to secure this vital change to the law to protect bingo goers,” “This show of support is what a national parliament like Dáil Eireann should be about and it shows that when TDs from all parties & none work together we can respond to the needs of communities throughout the Country,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT



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minister43.22%EN10/31/201731/10/2017
communications minister22.53%EN10/25/201725/10/2017
irish communications minister0.34%EN10/25/201725/10/2017
minister for communications11.72%EN10/19/201719/10/2017
environment minister6.44%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
minister for the environment1.38%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
current minister of communications0.11%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
minister of communications0.11%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
environment and communications minister0.11%EN09/27/201727/09/2017
climate change minister0.80%EN08/24/201724/08/2017
minister for communications climate change and environment0.23%EN08/15/201715/08/2017
minister for climate change0.46%EN07/19/201719/07/2017
minister for environment0.23%EN07/08/201708/07/2017
energy minister1.61%EN06/22/201722/06/2017
independent minister for communications0.11%EN05/19/201719/05/2017
government minister0.11%EN04/24/201724/04/2017
minister for communication0.11%EN04/05/201705/04/2017
deputy5.52%EN04/01/201701/04/2017
colleague0.46%EN03/09/201709/03/2017
minister for climate change and environment0.11%EN03/09/201709/03/2017
independent communications minister0.23%EN02/15/201715/02/2017
independent alliance colleague0.23%EN01/31/201731/01/2017
current minister for communications0.11%EN12/30/201630/12/2016
climate change and energy minister0.23%EN11/30/201630/11/2016
current minister for the environment0.11%EN11/30/201630/11/2016
transport minister0.23%EN11/27/201627/11/2016
environment and climate change minister0.11%EN10/31/201631/10/2016
minister for climate change and energy0.11%EN10/10/201610/10/2016
roscommon-galway communications minister0.11%EN09/15/201615/09/2016
new communications minister1.95%EN06/27/201627/06/2016
Names Lang Count
Denis NaughtenEN89.08%
Denis NaughtenDE4.67%
Denis NaughtenEU4.67%
Dennis NaughtenEN1.59%
Denis NaughtenFR0.00%


 
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Denis Naughten said : “The mechanical grading machines in use in beef plants across the country today were first trialled and tested 20 years ago by Teagasc. At that time google was just invented and people needed an encyclopaedia if we wanted to look something up,” “Technology has changed a lot in 20 years and we now need new hi-tech beef grading machines and new modern rules to operate them so they can accurately reflect the actual grade of the animal. These new rules then need to be properly enforced by Departmental officials to ensure that farmers will not be exploited” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “What is hugely frustrating is the fact that these grading machines can easily be over 90% accurate but this requires vigorous enforcement by Department of Agriculture inspectors,” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:10:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “The mechanical grading machines in use in beef plants across the country today were first trialled and tested 20 years ago by Teagasc,” External link

agriland Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3:30:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “What is hugely frustrating is the fact that these grading machines can easily be over 90% accurate but this requires vigorous enforcement by Department of Agriculture inspectors,” External link

agriland Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3:30:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “This is not an easy time for Deputy Cowen or his family. It is a lonely place that he is in at this point. I have known him since he entered Dáil Éireann and I have worked with him and his brother before him. At a time when just transition is a key term across the midlands, it was reassuring to know that we had someone at the Cabinet table who knew the issues and challenges facing our communities as a result of the wind down of Bord na Móna,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, July 15, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated ( about Simon Harris ) : "As a result, the Health Minister Simon Harris will appear before Dáil Éireann tomorrow to explain what measures he is taking to address the reduction in capacity of our hospitals as a result of Covid-19," External link

offalyindependent Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded ( about Simon Harris ) : "There are interim measures that can be taken in every hospital across the country and I hope that Minister Harris can outline the steps which he is now taking to make this happen. This must also include the use of smaller hospitals to take the pressure off the bigger acute hospitals," External link

offalyindependent Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about An Garda Siochana ) : “It's definitely something that he (Dectective Garda Horkan) would have known about growing up,” “He may not have been old enough to remember it but all of the community would remember their tragic deaths. "This brings all of that back, particularly to the community in west Roscommon and around Castlerea. It adds to the tragedy” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, June 18, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about An Garda Siochana ) : "I’m absolutely shocked & saddened to hear that a Garda has died in the line of duty in Castlerea. " External link

thesun Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:40:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about An Garda Siochana ) : “It's definitely something that he (Dectective Garda Horkan) would have known about growing up,” “He may not have been old enough to remember it but all of the community would remember their tragic deaths. "This brings all of that back, particularly to the community in west Roscommon and around Castlerea. It adds to the tragedy” External link

con-telegraph Thursday, June 18, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten told : “This is devastating news for his family, for his fellow gardaí and the community,” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “This is a huge shock to the community as a whole, to the Garda force throughout the Roscommon-Longford Garda division which would be a close-knit Garda force here. Everyone knows everyone, it is a rural division,” “It is a huge blow to the force, to the community and, of course, particularly to the Garda’s family,” External link

thejournal Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten told : “This is devastating news for his family, for his fellow gardaí and the community,” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “This is a huge shock to the community as a whole, to the Garda force throughout the Roscommon-Longford Garda division which would be a close-knit Garda force here. Everyone knows everyone, it is a rural division,” “It is a huge blow to the force, to the community and, of course, particularly to the Garda’s family,” External link

thejournal Thursday, June 18, 2020 11:42:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten claimed : “That is okay, according to climate mathematicians – but not the atmosphere,” External link

agriland Monday, June 15, 2020 4:19:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten told : “My understanding is that in all instances where there was general screening done of meat plant staff and nursing home staff, all [who were asymptomatic] remained within the workplace, until they received notice of a positive result,” External link

thejournal Sunday, June 14, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “Unless we get this right and we have transparent answers from the HSE then we risk exposing our people to a second wave of Covid-19 infection,” External link

thejournal Sunday, June 14, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten argued : “In recent weeks, the HSE has been playing with words rather than giving straight answers as to the contact tracing of meat plant workers and those in close contact with them” External link

agriland Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:27:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten argued : “In recent weeks, the HSE has been playing with words rather than giving straight answers as to the contact tracing of meat plant workers and those in close contact with them” External link

agriland Thursday, June 11, 2020 12:56:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “in some instances, only about a third of the close contacts of those that have been identified as positive within the meat industry have now been followed up,” External link

agriland Friday, June 5, 2020 1:55:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “Every time we hear of ‘ Just Transition ’ we are always one more announcement away from action,” External link

agriland Monday, May 25, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “The Minister for Agriculture needs to inform Dáil Éireann if any of his 250 veterinary and technical staff involved in supervising and regulating the operations of the 56 slaughter plants had raised concerns about their operation under Covid restrictions” External link

agriland Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “Today’s questioning in Dáil Éireann is not about attributing blame, but about learning from the mistakes made in the nursing home sector and the meat processing sector to ensure they are not repeated in other communities throughout the country and protecting against a second wave of Covid 19 infection,” External link

agriland Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten says : “I believe there has been a systemic failure across all three Government Departments, which has resulted in 800+ staff - including up to half of the workforce in at least one meat plant - who have become infected,” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:14:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “Today’s questioning in Dáil Éireann is not about attributing blame, but about learning from the mistakes made in the nursing home sector and the meat processing sector to ensure they are not repeated in other communities throughout the country and protecting against a second wave of Covid 19 infection,” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:14:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “To date neither the Minister for Health nor the HSE have addressed the core point I made in Dáil Éireann last Thursday, that this breach of data protection was because the current contact tracing system is just not working,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “This failure to get the system right is undermining the heroic efforts by every citizen in the State to stop the spread of this virus and we cannot allow a second wave of infection under any circumstances,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "To date neither the Minister for Health nor the HSE have addressed the core point I made in Dáil Éireann last Thursday, that this breach of data protection was because the current contact tracing system is just not working," External link

RTERadio Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “I believe it is because those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of either waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform staff of their results or trying to get the information out quickly in order to reduce the spread of the infection,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:03:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “The suggestion has been that this was done to overcome a language barrier, but in all instances that I furnished to Minister Harris these were Irish people because most of the foreign employees are afraid to speak up,” External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “This failure to get the system right is undermining the heroic efforts by every citizen in the State to stop the spread of this virus and we cannot allow a second wave of infection under any circumstances,” External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “But the key question here is why did the HSE blatantly disregard very basic data protection laws regarding medical test results? I believe it is because those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of either waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform staff of their results or trying to get the information out quickly in order to reduce the spread of the infection. "This cannot be tolerated, results should be provided directly to those tested as soon as they become available,” External link

leitrimobserver Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about Simon Harris ) : “The suggestion has been that this was done to overcome a language barrier, but in all instances that I furnished to Minister Harris these were Irish people,” External link

agriland Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:44:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten argued : “Those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of either waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform staff of their results or trying to get the information out quickly in order to reduce the spread of the infection,” “This cannot be tolerated; results should be provided directly to those tested as soon as they become available,” External link

agriland Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:44:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “I believe it is because those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of either waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform staff of their results or trying to get the information out quickly in order to reduce the spread of the infection,” External link

thejournal Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:38:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “I personally know of one family who waited seven weeks to get results and ultimately only received them after I brought the delay to the direct attention of HSE national management. These delays in contacting those tested and following up on their close contacts is dictating how clusters of infection are being managed. For example, I could not understand that if there was such a swift turnaround in testing, as outlined to TDs by the HSE, why meat plants were not closed by public health officials until the Covid screening results came back. But clearly the reason for the current management of clusters is because of the inordinate delays in providing results through the contact tracing system. What seems to be happening is that positive results are prioritised for disclosure and negative results are long-fingered because all results would have been issued to the contact tracing system by the laboratory at the one time. There is no other reason why there would be weeks of a differential between staff in a single facility being informed if they are positive or negative. This failure to get the system right is undermining the heroic efforts by every citizen in the State to stop the spread of this virus and we cannot allow a second wave of infection under any circumstances,” External link

westmeathindependent Tuesday, May 19, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten explained : “Next Thursday evening [May 21] will see Minister Creed answer for the 250 veterinary and technical staff involved in supervising and regulating the operations of 56 slaughter plants; Minister Harris will answer for the public health & HSE [Health Service Executive] management of the clusters of infection; and Minister Humphreys will answer for the Health & Safety Authority [HSA], which is responsible for the protection of workers,” External link

agriland Monday, May 18, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “I firmly believe that if we do not learn from the mistakes made in our nursing homes and in our meat plants then we risk a second wave of Covid-19 infection which will be disastrous for the health of our people and our economic recovery” External link

agriland Monday, May 18, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "All workers who were tested are supposed to be out of the plant for 14 days if they are positive," External link

RTERadio Saturday, May 16, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten warned : “There are now clusters of infection surrounding meat plants where the levels of infection within the plants themselves is up to one third or in some instances half of the workforce” External link

agriland Friday, May 15, 2020 2:45:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “Ahead of the start of re-opening the economy next week we must address the fundamental problems within the meat processing sector which could be replicated in other parts of industry and which could be catastrophic,” External link

westmeathindependent Friday, May 15, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “After such heroic efforts by every citizen in the State to stop the spread of this virus we cannot allow a second wave of infection under any circumstances. So, while we must remain cautious in how we relax restrictions, we must also learn to live with Covid-19 which will be with us for a considerable time to come,” External link

westmeathindependent Friday, May 15, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “We have a serious problem within our meat plants, which should come as no surprise because this is a global problem that has sadly been replicated here in Ireland,” External link

agriland Friday, May 15, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “Those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform staff of their results or trying to get the information out quickly in order to reduce the spread of the infection. This cannot be tolerated, results should be provided directly to those tested as soon as they become available,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “This failure to get the system right is undermining the heroic efforts by every citizen in the State to stop the spread of this virus we cannot allow a second wave of infection under any circumstances,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “I believe that there are fundamental flaws in relation to the way we have managed the Covid infection in our meat plants,” “We now need a review of that to ensure that weaknesses within the testing regime and the tracing regime are addressed immediately in advance of more businesses opening up next week” External link

beat102103 Wednesday, May 13, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "I believe that there are fundamental flaws in relation to the way we have managed the Covid infection in our meat plants," "We now need a review of that to ensure that weaknesses within the testing regime and the tracing regime are addressed immediately in advance of more businesses opening up next week" External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, May 13, 2020 1:33:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “While work is ongoing across the country to address specific clusters of Covid-19 infection associated with meat plants and asylum centres, it was clear from my engagement with communities and public health staff that there was a need for far greater support at national level and I’m thankful to the HSE for acting swiftly on my request,” “I asked HSE management to set up a national coordination team to deal specifically with this situation and to ensure that staff, particularly non-Irish staff, are given the proper information in person and in documentation in their native language” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, May 13, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “So, while we must remain cautious in how we relax restrictions, we must also learn to live with Covid-19 which will be with us for a considerable time to come,” External link

agriland Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “While work is ongoing across the country to address specific clusters of Covid-19 infection associated with meat plants and asylum centres, it was clear from my engagement with communities and public health staff that there was a need for far greater support at national level and I’m thankful to the HSE for acting swiftly on my request,” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 11, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “We have seen the impact of the failure to take action in the US where meat processing has ground to a halt, but this would have a far bigger impact in Ireland where it could lead to a second wave of Covid-19 infections in communities where there has been a low level of infection to date,” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 11, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “We have seen the impact of the delay in reacting to Covid-19 infections in nursing homes and I now welcome the more pro-active approach being taken to ensure that we do not have a similar story in our meat processing facilities or asylum centres across the country,” External link

agriland Monday, May 11, 2020 2:07:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “HSE management accepts that efforts need to be taken to protect this specific industry and acknowledged that it is more difficult to provide for social distancing in such facilities,” External link

agriland Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:28:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "It makes no sense that parts of the country with low rates of Covid-19 infection should remain in lockdown to the same extent as areas where there is a significant problem" External link

herald-ie Thursday, April 30, 2020 5:27:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “It makes no sense that parts of the country with low rates of Covid-19 infection should remain in lockdown to the same extent as areas where there is a significant problem” External link

independent-ie Thursday, April 30, 2020 12:01:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten urged ( about Richard Bruton ) : “The decision by Bord na Móna to lay off 230 staff, following on from the shut down of Lanseboro & Shannonbridge power stations, has huge implications for job retention right across the region and we need to hear from Minister Bruton,” External link

agriland Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten argued ( about Richard Bruton ) : “Workers & their families across the midlands need answers from Minister Bruton on what is happening and what has happened in the last two weeks since he received notice of the closure of the West Offaly power plant,” External link

agriland Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “My fear is that this issue, while a priority before Christmas, will be brushed under the carpet after the Covid-19 crisis. The present situation is extremely serious and we need answers now from the minister on this vital issue” External link

agriland Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "The numbers may be there but how strong is it? If some Independents go in reluctantly will they stick it out through the next budget? What's needed is a Government that has longevity" External link

RTERadio Monday, April 20, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “There is no point in participating in that type of government” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:48:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "These very people were ‘leading by example’ in terms of Government the policy of pushing up the retirement age and they are the very first people to be sacrificed in terms of welfare support" External link

independent-ie Thursday, April 2, 2020 4:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten asked : "How can the Department credibly defend its policy to push up the retirement age when it is turning its back on those older people who have been contributing to the economy until this crisis?" External link

independent-ie Thursday, April 2, 2020 4:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "He asked me last Monday at the commencement of the party leaders meeting," External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "The simple fact is that the faster this virus spreads, the greater the loss of life. " External link

independent-ie Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : "We're afraid that if house parties cannot be controlled that we could be looking to a situation in the coming weeks that the Trojan effort by our citizens to curb the rate of infections could be undermined by a small number of irresponsible people. " External link

independent-ie Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “There are other instances where a sunset clause has been included in legislation such as the Offences Against the State Act that has to be renewed on an annual basis by Dáil Eireann” External link

thejournal Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “There are other instances where a sunset clause has been included in legislation such as the Offences Against the State Act that has to be renewed on an annual basis by Dáil Eireann,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:36:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “These projects are all part of a bigger jigsaw of developing a range of tourism activities throughout the Hidden Heartlands region to encourage tourists to visit and stay in our local towns and villages,” External link

longfordleader Friday, February 21, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “I humbly ask you for the opportunity to preside over (the Dáil) as your advocate and as your servant,” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, February 20, 2020 4:46:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said : “The two big parties need to come together, they need to engage and we reiterated that again today, but there needed to be some new impetus to move this along” External link

thejournal Wednesday, February 19, 2020 11:48:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “Last September the HSE and the Royal College of Surgeons lauded the new rapid access service developed at Roscommon Hospital saying that this was the future for smaller hospitals. Yet now we find that the new service, which can save lives as well as save the HSE significant funds treating patients, is to be stopped with no apparent reason being given by HSE management,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, January 27, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten stated : “Approximately 1,350 patients of the 9,000 long waiting list for urology are passing blood and urgently need to be assessed by a consultant. But some urgent cases are taking 6-12 months to get an appointment,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, January 27, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten concluded : “It must be remembered that breaching these rules is directly taking money out of the pockets of hard-pressed beef farmers which is on top of the current depressed prices,” External link

agriland Thursday, December 19, 2019 3:51:00 PM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about Martin Kenny ) : "The fact is that bingo is a vital social outlet in communities right throughout this country and I'm very happy to see TDs across Ireland, of different political parties rally around Deputy Martin Kenny and I to secure this vital change to the law to protect bingo goers" External link

independent-ie-regional Saturday, December 14, 2019 3:45:00 AM EAT

Denis Naughten said ( about Martin Kenny ) : “The fact is that bingo is a vital social outlet in communities right throughout this country and I’m very happy to see TDs across Ireland, of different political parties rally around Deputy Martin Kenny and I to secure this vital change to the law to protect bingo goers,” “This show of support is what a national parliament like Dáil Eireann should be about and it shows that when TDs from all parties & none work together we can respond to the needs of communities throughout the Country,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister43.22%EN10/31/201731/10/2017
communications minister22.53%EN10/25/201725/10/2017
irish communications minister0.34%EN10/25/201725/10/2017
minister for communications11.72%EN10/19/201719/10/2017
environment minister6.44%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
minister for the environment1.38%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
current minister of communications0.11%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
minister of communications0.11%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
environment and communications minister0.11%EN09/27/201727/09/2017
climate change minister0.80%EN08/24/201724/08/2017
minister for communications climate change and environment0.23%EN08/15/201715/08/2017
minister for climate change0.46%EN07/19/201719/07/2017
minister for environment0.23%EN07/08/201708/07/2017
energy minister1.61%EN06/22/201722/06/2017
independent minister for communications0.11%EN05/19/201719/05/2017
government minister0.11%EN04/24/201724/04/2017
minister for communication0.11%EN04/05/201705/04/2017
deputy5.52%EN04/01/201701/04/2017
colleague0.46%EN03/09/201709/03/2017
minister for climate change and environment0.11%EN03/09/201709/03/2017
independent communications minister0.23%EN02/15/201715/02/2017
independent alliance colleague0.23%EN01/31/201731/01/2017
current minister for communications0.11%EN12/30/201630/12/2016
climate change and energy minister0.23%EN11/30/201630/11/2016
current minister for the environment0.11%EN11/30/201630/11/2016
transport minister0.23%EN11/27/201627/11/2016
environment and climate change minister0.11%EN10/31/201631/10/2016
minister for climate change and energy0.11%EN10/10/201610/10/2016
roscommon-galway communications minister0.11%EN09/15/201615/09/2016
new communications minister1.95%EN06/27/201627/06/2016
Names Lang Count
Denis NaughtenEN89.08%
Denis NaughtenDE4.67%
Denis NaughtenEU4.67%
Dennis NaughtenEN1.59%
Denis NaughtenFR0.00%


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