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  • Humanitarian Law Violations in Gaza – Thomas Pringle TD
    repeatedly condemned the excessive use of military force by Israel in Gaza both during and after the conflict and also stated clearly that both Israel and Hamas were disregarding the effects of their actions on innocent civilians including children As I said to the Seanad in my speech last July any use of military force in self defence must be in accordance with international humanitarian law and in particular must be both discriminate and proportionate In view of the unacceptable casualty figures it is quite clear this has not been the case The Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation is responsible for controls on the export of military items from Ireland Under Irish law military export licences have to be sought in respect of the goods and technology and any components thereof listed in the Annex to the Control of Exports Goods and Technology Order SI 216 of 2012 which reflects the EU Common Military List The EU Common Military List includes military goods and technology and components for such items that should be licenced for export from the Union Items which are classified as military goods from an export control perspective and which are exported from Ireland involve components for inclusion in rather than finished military equipment Components licensed for export are generally exported to manufacturers and systems integrators before being sent to the final end users The Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation consults with my Department in respect of all military export licence applications All military licence applications are subject to rigorous scrutiny and are considered in the light of the spirit and objectives of the 1998 EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports This Code which was subsequently adopted in 2008 as an EU Common Position seeks to safeguard among other concerns regional stability and human

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  • Gov’t’s Cost/Benefit Report on Wind Energy Long Over-due! – Thomas Pringle TD
    compared to a scenario where renewable electricity remained at 2013 levels This analysis has informed a report which will be published shortly It is important to note that our transition to renewables has been underpinned by a number of previous studies The All Island Grid Study published in 2008 assessed the technical feasibility and the relative costs and benefits associated with various scenarios for increased shares of electricity sourced from renewable energy in the all island power system The scenarios were informed by the resource available technological readiness of the various generation technologies and cost required per generated unit The mapping for the analysis also assessed the deployment potential based on where the resource was and an overview of environmentally designated areas The 2008 study informed the position for a contribution of 40 renewable electricity in Ireland by 2020 It concluded that based on assumptions set out in the report wind energy represented a cost effective source for electricity generation The abundant wind resource in Ireland means that each unit of installed wind generation capacity generates more units of electricity when compared with other countries and hence needs a lower rate per generated unit of electricity in order to recover the overall costs of the project The existing feed in tariff REFIT which is funded from the Public Service Obligation levy on consumer bills is a very cost effective tool to support this development as indicated by a report published by the Council of European Energy Regulators earlier this year This position has been underpinned by various reports and analyses which have examined the effect of renewables on electricity prices The ESRI the Irish Wind Energy Association the SEAI and EirGrid have undertaken such studies and published the results of same Furthermore wind generation in Ireland in 2012 is estimated

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  • Broadband in Rural Areas Update – Thomas Pringle TD
    areas where commercial services will not be provided The commercial telecommunications sector is currently investing approximately 2 5 billion in network upgrades Approximately 1 6 million of the 2 3 million premises in Ireland are expected to have access to commercial high speed broadband services over the next two years These very significant investments represent a step change in the quality of broadband services available It is anticipated that speeds of at least 30Mbps will be also delivered through the Government s intervention and the network will be designed to cater for future increased demand from consumers and business Intensive design and planning work is underway in my Department to produce a detailed intervention strategy The strategy will address a range of issues in relation to the intervention including the optimum procurement model ownership model for the infrastructure intervention cost and likely market impact This is an important part of the detailed work that is being undertaken to finalise the intervention strategy As part of the strategy development my Department is examining the experiences solutions and methodologies used in EU countries and further afield in the development of broadband in those countries The information gathered from this examination will inform the development of the Intervention Strategy In addition the Steering Group for the programme includes two UK and one French telecoms adviser Following a public consultation process on the draft Intervention Strategy during the summer I hope to move to formal procurement phase towards the end of this year in order to select a preferred bidder or bidders The Department will design a tender in a way that maximises efficiencies and keeps the cost of the network build as low as possible I anticipate that the first homes and businesses will be connected in 2016 and connections will continue thereafter

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  • Dáil Questions – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 18
    addressed to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar by Deputy Thomas Pringle Funding for Maghery Strand Buncronan Not Approved QUESTION NOS 231 232 DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of IDA visits Donegal Update DAIL QUESTION NO 252 To ask the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation the number of Industrial 26 People Employed by Gateway Schemes in Donegal Question No 150 151 Minister to roll out Social Farming In response to a PQ asked by Deputy Thomas Pringle about Social Farming the Minister for Agriculture North West promotion on Minister visits during St Patrick s Weekend DAIL QUESTION NO 248 To ask the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation if his Government Bioenergy Plan to be Published Later this Year will include Biomass To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources if he will Isolation among Elderly Residents in Donegal QUESTION NO 409 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Update on Cross Border Health Services QUESTION NO 407 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Question on Commercial Rates Who pays Owner or Occupier Question No 584 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil To the Minister for the Environment Page 18 of 66 First Previous 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Next Last 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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  • Scarce Funding for New Entrants into Aquaculture – Thomas Pringle TD
    Scheme for new entrants into aquaculture his views that it is adequate to encourage new entrants and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 28th April 2015 Ref No 16688 15 Proof 387 REPLY The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Simon Coveney On 27 March 2015 I announced plans for a new 241 million development programme for the seafood sector for the period up to 2020 co funded by the EU through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund I am inviting submissions on that draft Programme by 1 May 2015 The draft Seafood Development Programme 2014 2020 proposes investment of 30 million in a number of measures specifically intended to support the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector One of these measures relates to aid for capital investment by new entrants to the aquaculture sector In the draft Programme no maximum aid under this scheme is prescribed Rather the Programme specifies that where aid is more than 50 000 the applicant must submit a feasibility study including an environmental assessment together with a business plan These requirements reflect the mandatory provisions of article 46 2 of the EMFF Regulation The co legislators have prescribed in that article that aid may only be made available to new farmers where it has been clearly demonstrated in an independent marketing report that good and sustainable market prospects exist for the product Be Sociable Share Previous Story Basic Payments Accounts in An Post Next Story Broadband in Rural Areas Update Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co Donegal 074 97 41880 thomas pringle oir ie Latest News

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  • Basic Payments Accounts in An Post – Thomas Pringle TD
    the Minister for Finance Deputy Michael Noonan by Deputy Thomas Pringle for WRITTEN ANSWER on 28 04 2015 To ask the Minister for Finance the number of basic payment accounts that have been opened since the scheme was rolled out if An Post has been included in the provision of the accounts if an evaluation of the scheme has been carried out since its commencement and if he will make a statement on the matter REPLY The Strategy for Financial Inclusion called for the nationwide launch of a Standard Bank Account as a first step in promoting Financial Inclusion A pilot project for a Basic Bank Account was run which finished on 31 March 2013 after a 9 month pilot period A total of 205 accounts were opened during the Pilot which the Financial Inclusion Working Group FIWG felt was disappointing The Report of the Working Group on the Pilot project noted a number of reasons for this including the view of stakeholders that one of the key elements required for a successful national roll out of a Standard Bank Account is greater involvement by An Post and the credit unions My Department is currently exploring with the relevant stakeholders how to make progress on this issue Be Sociable Share Previous Story Increased Role of Approved Housing Bodies to be Explored Next Story Scarce Funding for New Entrants into Aquaculture Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment 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

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  • Increased Role of Approved Housing Bodies to be Explored – Thomas Pringle TD
    110 000 social housing units through the delivery of 35 000 new social housing units and meeting the housing needs of some 75 000 households through the Housing Assistance Payment and Rental Accommodation Schemes will address the needs of the 90 000 households on the housing waiting list in full with flexibility to meet potential future demand Under Pillar 1 of the strategy an enhanced role for approved housing bodies AHBs in the provision of new supply will be central to the Government s vision for the provision of social housing supports This recognises the record of steady achievement by AHBs over the past 20 years in providing over 27 000 units of quality accommodation and the constraints on large scale capital building programmes funded by the Exchequer My Department is working closely with the representative bodies for the sector the Irish Council for Social Housing ICSH and the National Association of Building Co operatives NABCO individual AHBs and others to strengthen their capacity to deliver To this end the strategy includes a number of changes and actions that will help to promote the optimal configuration of what is a very diverse sector if it is to fulfil an enhanced role in social housing supply The changes include the introduction of a multi annual housing expenditure programme prioritisation of funding to incentivise scale innovative financing mechanisms promotion of collaboration at local and regional level between local authorities and AHBs and enhanced regulation of the sector As regards financing measures the finance workstream established under the strategy is exploring off balance sheet funding mechanisms such as public private partnerships and the establishment of a financial vehicle for the provision of project finance This vehicle would specialise in channelling private finance to AHBs for the acquisition and development of social housing The

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  • Slipway Crane in Killybegs Under On-Going Review – Thomas Pringle TD
    will provide for a crane on the slip in Killybegs Harbour County Donegal which is needed to facilitate the small inshore boats and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 22nd April 2015 Ref No 15911 15 Proof 86 REPLY The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Simon Coveney Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre is one of the six designated Fishery Harbour Centres which are owned managed and maintained by my Department under Statute The provision of a crane on the slipway at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre is not included in this years Fishery Harbour Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme However as with all infrastructural requirements in the six Fishery Harbour Centres consideration on the provision of a crane at Killybegs will be kept under ongoing review subject of course to demand available funding and other competing priorities In addition the Deputy should also note that under the 2015 capital programme I have allocated 1 315 000 for safety maintenance and development works in Killybegs 700 000 of which is for the second phase of a small craft harbour It is anticipated that when completed the small craft harbour at Killybegs will help many of the inshore vessels with the provision of better berthing and access in the harbour Be Sociable Share Previous Story Ireland Could Pay 300m year in EU Energy Fines Next Story Increased Role of Approved Housing Bodies to be Explored Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment 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

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