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  • RTÉ News: ‘High Court hears Independent TD Thomas Pringle’s action against Government ratification of the ESM’ – Thomas Pringle TD
    financial assistance beyond circumstances permitted by the EU Treaties Counsel for Mr Pringle argued that under the ESM Treaty there is power to call on Ireland to make a capital contribution of some 11 154 billion a sum equal to one third of Government tax revenue last year to the new institution and no limit to what funding may be sought in the future A State that might say no will not be heard according to Mr Rogers as decisions on whether to grant emergency funding may also be taken by qualified majority voting with the effect the larger member states will decide The effect of continuing contribution requirements on States with excessive deficits will be to exacerbate their fiscal deficits public debt and liability to the ESM Mr Pringle contends This would not only render them more vulnerable financially but also place them in breach of provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU TFEU The breach of EU Treaties resulting from conferring EU competences on an international autonomous institution was exacerbated by the extensive discretion conferred on that institution plus the fact it would act outside the control of the EU and be subject to very limited review by the European Court of Justice he argues Under the ESM Treaty the governors and staff of the new institution to be based in Luxembourg are immune from legal proceedings in relation to acts performed by them in their official capacity the court heard The new body will be funded subject to review to the tune of 500bn Mr Pringle claims the ESM Treaty is inextricably interwined with the Stability Treaty approved last month and with a March 2011 European Council amendment to Article 136 of the TFEU He claims the Yes vote in the Stability Treaty referendum is being used by the government to push through the ESM Treaty and the amendment to Article 136 Mr Pringle claims the additional treaty changes are being done without putting them to a vote of the people and he wants the High Court to examine the legality of this Some of the issues raised in the case may require to be decided by the European Court of Justice the judge was also told The case concerns whether the State without reference to the people may ratify the ESM Treaty and also approve the proposed amendment of Article 136 of the TFEU to provide for the ESM That amendment was proposed in a European Council Decision of March 25th 2011 Mr Pringle claims the ESM Treaty is incompatible with the Constitution and with two existing EU Treaties the Treaty of the EU TEU and the TFEU He also claims the procedure by which the European Council sought to amend Article 136 of the TFEU is incompatible with EU law and the EU Treaties The ESM Treaty is incompatible with the Constitution because it involves an impermissible transfer of fiscal and economic sovereignty to both the Government and the Luxembourg ESM institution

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  • Irish Times Article: ‘Pringle begins ESM legal challenge’ – Thomas Pringle TD
    Government without first putting that to the people in a referendum He claims the treaty breaches the Constitution and other EU treaties on a number of grounds including that it provides for establishment of an autonomous financial institution akin to a bank with the power to grant financial assistance beyond circumstances permitted by the EU treaties Under the treaty there is power to call on Ireland to make a capital contribution of some 11 154 billion a sum equal to one third of Government tax revenue last year to the new institution and no limit to what funding may be sought in the future Mr Rogers said Decisions on whether to grant emergency funding may also be taken by qualified majority voting with the effect the larger member states will decide Mr Rogers said A State that might say no will not be heard The effect of continuing contribution requirements on States with excessive deficits will be to exacerbate their fiscal deficits public debt and liability to the ESM Mr Pringle contends This would not only render them more vulnerable financially but also place them in breach of provisions of the treaty on the Functioning of the EU TFEU The breach of EU treaties resulting from conferring EU competences on an international autonomous institution was exacerbated by the extensive discretion conferred on that institution plus the fact it would act outside the control of the EU and be subject to very limited review by the European Court of Justice he argues Under the ESM treaty the governors and staff of the new institution to be based in Luxembourg are immune from legal proceedings in relation to acts performed by them in their official capacity the court heard The new body will be funded subject to review by some 500 billion

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2012/06/20/irish-times-article-pringle-begins-esm-legal-challenge/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Irish Independent article: ‘Bruce Arnold: We ignored the thunderclouds leading to our fiscal degradation. We should have had our eyes on ESM’ – Thomas Pringle TD
    if a declaration in its favour had been made The process was a wasteful use of Dail time In the democratically bewildered world we now live in we ignored the thunderclouds leading to our total financial and fiscal degradation We should have had our eyes on the ominous European Stability Mechanism ESM instead This was debated inadequately due to the irresponsible procedure of a Government guillotine on the time made available precluding a proper realisation of the mistakes we are making We are in thrall to the EU prepared to sacrifice all for the dole out of financial support then taxed back again into Europe s control Tomorrow in the High Court these matters will be challenged by the Independent TD Thomas Pringle His mind is more focused and more patriotic than those engaging in nonsense about Mr Wallace Mr Pringle is seeking a referendum on the ESM Treaty as well as the Article 136 Authorisation of that treaty Success would put the Irish State in a powerful bargaining position vis a vis the eurozone for the eurozone could not lawfully have a permanent bailout fund without the Irish people agreeing in a further referendum This would help to terminate an ill conceived and unstable European scheme for more control over our sovereignty The management of the euro is not just changing all the time it is worsening The panicking architects Van Rompuy Barroso Draghi and Juncker are writing yet another plan to strengthen the single currency having failed on every plan so far They still think rescuing the banks rescues us What we may be sure of is its weighting against Ireland We will submit to whatever it is unless some legal legitimate and constitutional stay of execution emerges out of tomorrow s court case Other countries are becoming more resistant to an EU authority floundering over current measures that have not sorted out Spain the biggest burden on the EU so far or Italy while the fresh assessment of Greece in the wake of its election will emerge today Mr Pringle is seeking the guidance of the courts in the interest of protecting the integrity of EU law the EU treaties and the Irish Constitution To the three items now being pushed through the Oireachtas we should add the growing certainty that by the end of June the EU Summit is on June 28 the EU Council the Commission and the European Central Bank will have decided on even sterner measures ever more painful in defeating us and driving us into unsustainable poverty The first of these measures ratifies the decision of the European Council of 27 EU prime ministers and presidents to permit the establishment of a stability mechanism The second is Oireachtas approval of the ratification of the ESM Treaty THE third the European Stability Mechanism Bill will bring the financial provisions of the ESM treaty into the domestic law of the State requiring us to contribute 1 3bn unconditionally and irrevocably as an initial subscription

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  • Student Grants Open for Applications – Thomas Pringle TD
    you are accepted on The closing date for applications is the 31 st of August 2012 If students leave their grant applications until this date then they will not receive their grant until after Christmas If a student is in receipt of a grant and are continuing on the same course then they will remain with their existing awarding authority in relation to the renewal of their grant In my constituency this will be either Donegal County Council based in Lifford or Donegal VEC based in Letterkenny In Budget 2012 there was a reduction of 3 for student grants that applies to students applying for academic year 2012 2013 The new income limits for maintenance grants and full fee grants partial fee grants are as follows Income limits for maintenance grant and full fee grant The family income limits for eligibility for a maintenance grant in 2012 2013 are set out below These limits also qualify you in respect of the fee grant if you are otherwise eligible Number of dependent children Full maintenance Part maintenance 75 Part maintenance 50 Part maintenance 25 Fewer than 4 41 110 42 235 44 720 47 205 4 to 7 45 165 46 415 49 145 51 880 8 or more 49 045 50 400 53 360 56 320 Income limits for partial fee grant The family income limits for eligibility for a partial fee grant in 2012 2013 are set out below Number of dependent children 50 tuition fees and 100 student contribution 50 student contribution only Fewer than 4 51 380 55 920 4 to 7 56 460 61 440 8 or more 61 295 66 700 The rate for maintenance grant 2012 2013 are as follows Type Non adjacent rate Adjacent rate Special rate 5 915 2 375 Full Maintenance

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2012/06/18/student-grants-open-for-applications/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Irish Independent Article: ‘Court challenge to implementation of Fiscal Treaty to be heard next week’ – Thomas Pringle TD
    the legality of this because he says the Fiscal Stablity Treaty is intertwined with the ESM Treaty and with an amendment to an existing treaty Article 136 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union TFEU If the court finds that the ESM Treaty is unlawful then there will be a question over the validity of the result of the referendum he says Ms Justice Mary Laffoy was told today by John Rogers SC for Mr Pringle that a timescale had emerged in relation to legislation implementing the Fiscal Treaty and two Bills were currently before the House Mr Rogers said his case would not have traction without those Bills being enacted but he accepted there was a value in getting it started before they are enacted The stability treaty must be ratified by July 9 and if the State was determined to go ahead with ratification it was fair to say his side would be looking for injunctive relief from the court to prevent this Mr Rogers also said the ESM treaty has been signed but not ratified and ratification will not take place until July 2 or 3 Michael Cush SC for the Government said he wanted the action to proceed next week because the 17 members of the Eurozone will ratify the treaty on July 9 and the national legislation will have to be passed before then He accepted the court could not be asked to rule on this case until the legislation is enacted but that was not to say it court could not hear arguments in relation to it The case will take five to seven days to hear Ms Justice Laffoy was told The judge said if at all possible an application for an injunction should be avoided and the case should

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2012/06/15/irish-independent-article-court-challenge-to-implementation-of-fiscal-treaty-to-be-heard-next-week/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Irish Times Article: ‘Call for quicker lobbyists legislation’ – Thomas Pringle TD
    Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin was supposed to be working on the legislation and had promised on March 13th to introduce a White Paper within weeks with legislation to follow The Donegal South West TD said a mandatory register of lobbyists was needed It is not complex legislation and it should not be difficult to compile It appeared the Government is afraid that once that Pandora s box is opened joining the dots may be an easy exercise and the protected list of vested interests could prove a riveting read The Government pledged when it came into office 16 months ago that register would be put in place yet we have seen the reports of the Moriarty and Mahon tribunals and the damage lobbyists for vested interests have done to this State in the past Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore insisted that the Government was committed to such legislation and said the public is entitled to know who is lobbying on behalf of vested interests of whatever kind and who is talking to Government and Government agencies The Mahon and Moriarty tribunals had shown what happens when we have an unregulated lobbying regime He rejected Mr Pringle s claim that Labour has gone over to the dark side Mr Gilmore insisted There is no delay whatever in bringing forward the legislation on the regulation of lobbyists The heads of the Bill were expected by the end of the summer and formal drafting would begin following Cabinet approval Be Sociable Share Previous Story Students from SN Mhin Teineadh De Visit the Dáil Next Story Irish Independent Article Court challenge to implementation of Fiscal Treaty to be heard next week About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co Donegal 074 97 41880 thomas pringle oir ie

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  • Students from SN Mhin Teineadh De Visit the Dáil – Thomas Pringle TD
    Dáil Students from SN Mhin Teineadh De Visit the Dáil By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 6th June 2012 Thomas Pringle TD met students from SN Mhin Teineadh De Ardara Co Donegal yesterday while on a tour of the Dáil The students were shown around by the Houses of the Oireachtas tour guides and the Deputy met them afterwards Their day trip in Dublin also included a vistit to Trinity College and the Natural History Museum I hope the students of Mhin Teineadh De had a great day in Dublin It was a great pleasure to show them how Leinster House works said Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Irish Times Article TD says patients outside Dublin denied treatment Next Story Irish Times Article Call for quicker lobbyists legislation About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co Donegal 074 97 41880 thomas pringle oir ie Latest News Look out for my General Election 2016 newsletter February 11 2016 12 59 pm DONEGAL NOW Donegal TD reveals Minister Lynch will not meet with Save Our St Joseph s Campaign February 11 2016 11 24 am DONEGAL NOW Calls on Burton to provide additional funding for community

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  • Irish Times Article: ‘TD says patients outside Dublin denied treatment’ – Thomas Pringle TD
    only be provided in this hospital It appeared he said that the Dublin hospitals were not being paid by the Health Service Executive for that kind of treatment because the patients lived in a certain part of the country Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said the Government was reforming the health services particularly the way hospitals operated The key to reform was through the development of an effective primary care system Already this year a significant amount of money had been allocated to develop primary care centres He said there was also a reform programme to achieve more efficient and effective use of hospital resources and reduce waiting lists to ensure people got access to the treatment and procedures they needed without having to wait for long periods Mr Pringle said he was referring to vital treatments which patients were being refused because they did not live in Dublin Mr Gilmore said that if Mr Pringle supplied the details of the Donegal case or any others that might exist he would ask Minister for Health Dr James Reilly to address them Be Sociable Share Previous Story Irish Times Article Citizens left out of plans for EU reform Next Story Students from SN Mhin Teineadh De Visit the Dáil One Comment Carol irwin 29th May 2012 at 8 53 pm I m one of them patients that got refused because I live outside the catchment area I live in Kilkenny and suffer from c r p s it s a lot of pain 24hours a day I was to get a second spinal cord stimulator implanted but I live outside Dublin I was refused No hospital in my catchment area do the implants so what are we to do sure thank you minister for health hope u never go through an hour what

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