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  • €12m for Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) – Thomas Pringle TD
    seafood sector for the period up to 2020 co funded by the EU through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Our Seafood sector is worth in the region of 850 million annually to our economy with exports growing by 70 since 2009 to 540 million Seafood is widely recognised as a high growth area of our economy Through Food Harvest 2020 and this new Seafood Development Programme I am targeting growth of the seafood industry to 1 billion by 2020 with growth in employment of 3 000 to 14 000 people employed in our coastal communities The new Seafood Development Programme will be a key element in achievement of that growth target It will provide the capital to assist seafood enterprises to sustainably grow their production add value to our seafood exports and create much needed employment in our coastal communities The draft Seafood Development Programme proposes investment of 24 million in a number of measures specifically intended to foster innovation value adding and new product development in the seafood processing sector These are the Seafood Capital Investment Scheme Seafood Innovation Scheme Seafood Scaling Scheme and Seafood Leadership Scheme In addition 10 million investment in seafood marketing by Bord Bia is proposed In relation to coastal communities highly dependent on fisheries while the Programme as a whole is focussed on the economic development of the seafood sector and the coastal communities that depend on it the draft Programme is proposing a specific investment of 12 million in Fisheries Local Action Groups FLAGs were introduced in 2013 under the previous Seafood Development Programme and 6 FLAGs covered the whole coastline FLAG North focussed on the economic and social development of coastal areas of Donegal In the new Programme I am proposing to continue and build on the good work done to

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  • Letting Agencies Charging Fees to View Properties as Demand Rises – Thomas Pringle TD
    been drawn to the financial hardship involved if persons have to pay fees for every property they wish to view when rents are already extremely high and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle REPLY As the Deputy will appreciate I am not in a position in my capacity as Minister for Justice and Equality to provide legal advice in answer to a Parliamentary Question The general position is that the Property Services Regulatory Authority licences and regulates all Property Services Providers i e Auctioneers Estate Agents Letting Agents and Management Agents under the Property Services Regulation Act 2011 Under Section 90 of the Act any provision whereby a purchaser or a tenant is required to pay or otherwise bear the cost of the licensee s fees or expenses in respect of the sale or letting of a property is void unless the person concerned engages a Property Services Provider who does not also act for the owner of the property Any moneys so paid are recoverable as a simple contract debt Section 43 of the Act requires licensed Letting Agents to issue a Letter of Engagement in the form specified by the Property Services Regulatory Authority to all clients The form specified stipulates the agreed fees and charges payable by the client to the letting agent Failure to have in place a Letter of Engagement can be deemed to constitute improper conduct on the part of licensed Property Services Providers Where the Authority finds a licensed Property Services Provider engaging in improper conduct it may impose a sanction which includes fines of up to 250 000 and or the revocation of the services providers licence Under the Act any person may make a complaint in writing to the authority alleging that improper conduct by a

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  • Irish Neutrality Concerns around Kinsale Commemoration Centre – Thomas Pringle TD
    job creation Home Dáil Questions Irish Neutrality Concerns around Kinsale Commemoration Centre Irish Neutrality Concerns around Kinsale Commemoration Centre By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 1st April 2015 QUESTION NO 364 To ask the Minister for Defence his views on whether the planned centre in Kinsale County Cork honouring the Irish in military units will potentially affect Ireland s neutrality due to its commemoration of soldiers who fought in foreign armies navies and air forces and if he will make a statement on the matter DEPUTY THOMAS PRINGLE FOR WRITTEN ANSWER ON TUESDAY 31ST MARCH 2015 REPLY Minister for Defence Mr Simon Coveney T D I propose to take Questions Nos 364 365 and 366 together Whilst I am aware of the proposed centre in question its development is not something that I or my Department have had any involvement in Ireland s policy of military neutrality is defined by non participation in a military alliance or mutual defence arrangements In my view this policy would not be affected by the proposed centre Be Sociable Share Previous Story Update on Funding for Agriculture SMEs Next Story Letting Agencies Charging Fees to View Properties as Demand Rises 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 St Joseph s Campaign February 11 2016 11 24 am DONEGAL NOW Calls on Burton to provide additional funding for community services programmes February 11 2016 11 23 am HIGHLAND RADIO Pringle claims other

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  • Update on Funding for Agriculture SMEs – Thomas Pringle TD
    development programmes and funded accordingly through programme budgets Ireland s draft Rural Development Programme 2014 2020 states Ireland will keep the possible use of financial instruments under review during the programming period My Department and I have been active in exploring new and more competitive sources of funding and will continue to do so in the context of evolving market requirements The recent announcement by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland of a new product Agriculture Investment Loans is a welcome addition to the sources of funding currently in the market This credit is available subject to qualifying criteria at favourable terms i e longer term and lower interest rate for investments by agricultural SMEs involved in primary agricultural production the processing of agricultural products or the marketing of agricultural products In relation to accessing finance and credit terms generally I have recently been in contact with the main banks I emphasised that this is a critical phase in Ireland s dairy expansion and that the increased investment and output from production and processing will have significant downstream benefits across the economy generally including for the banking sector In order to support the on going development of the dairy sector and to mitigate the current difficulties caused by milk price volatility I asked them to explore the full range of potential measures that could serve to alleviate the loan repayment burden facing farmers and offer maximum flexibility for dairy farmers in what will be a difficult year ahead I believe that it is essential that short term cash flow difficulties are not allowed to undermine prudent investment plans or the longer term competitiveness of their operations I will continue to communicate with the main banks on issues affecting the sector ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Expensive First Fix Scheme

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  • Gov’t Says TTIP will not Liberalise Water Services – Thomas Pringle TD
    t Says TTIP will not Liberalise Water Services Gov t Says TTIP will not Liberalise Water Services By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 31st March 2015 DAIL QUESTION NO 27 To ask the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation the proposals in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations that have been discussed to liberalise the market for public services and water and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For ORAL answer on Thursday 26th March 2015 Ref No 12078 15 R E P L Y Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Mr Bruton TD The EU s mandate to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP states that services supplied in the exercise of governmental authority as defined by Article I 3 of GATS shall be excluded from these negotiations Both the EU and the US have repeatedly confirmed that no commitments will be taken on public services This means that TTIP will have no implications for health education social services and other public services including water Be Sociable Share Previous Story Rural Ireland Promotion during St Patrick s Weekend Trade Mission Next Story Expensive First Fix Scheme to Spend 2 per Litre of Water 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 St Joseph s Campaign February 11 2016 11 24 am DONEGAL NOW Calls on Burton to provide additional funding for community services programmes February 11 2016 11 23

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  • Rural Ireland Promotion during St Patrick’s Weekend Trade Mission – Thomas Pringle TD
    to 18 th of this month during which I was involved in meetings and events on behalf of a number of State agencies including IDA Ireland Enterprise Ireland Tourism Ireland and Bord Bia France is a particularly important market for the development of Ireland s regional economy Irish food and drink exports to France are worth 750m It is our second largest export market in this sector and a particularly important market for seafood beef and lamb The programme included a promotion of Irish food and drink products of particular importance to our rural economy Almost 500 000 French tourists come to Ireland each year The Mission included special promotion of Ireland as a destination with a heavy emphasis on rural and regional destinations which have always been particular favourites of French tourists In relation to Enterprise Ireland there were four deal announcements including one for Combilift in Monaghan while a reception held in the Irish embassy was attended by 17 Enterprise Ireland client companies 7 of which are regionally based France is Ireland s 4 th largest source of inward investment and during my visit I held two meetings with existing IDA Ireland client companies On St Patrick s Day itself I hosted an event which was attended by 15 IDA Ireland client companies along with executives from a number of target companies These existing clients between them employ in excess of 3 000 people in operations that are located throughout Ireland with a strong regional presence particularly in counties Waterford Galway and Louth It was an important opportunity to showcase the IDAs new 5 year strategy which has set out ambitious regional targets at its heart The strategy includes an increased focus on Europe which has accounted for 20 of investments won by IDA since 2010 In light

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  • Border Regional Action Plan for Jobs to be Published in July – Thomas Pringle TD
    the matter Thomas Pringle For ORAL answer on Thursday 26th March 2015 Ref No 12081 15 R E P L Y Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Mr Bruton TD The aim of the Action Plan for Jobs is to help enterprises to create employment in all regions of the country While employment has increased nationally by over 89 000 since the start of the Action Plan process in 2012 not all regions are yet fully experiencing the benefits of economic recovery That is why the Government is placing an increased emphasis on supporting jobs growth in the regions The Action Plans for Jobs Regional initiative seeks to build on the success of the annual Action Plan for Jobs process by developing locally driven plans that can build on the strengths and opportunities identified in each region These plans will contain a series of specific actions to be delivered by a range of public bodies and local stakeholders including Enterprise Ireland IDA Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices to maximise the potential of each region to support enterprise development and jobs growth Eight Regional Action Plans will be published this year My objective is that six Plans including one for the Border region which includes Co Donegal will be launched by July with two remaining Plans in development at that stage It is not intended that specific job creation targets will be set for each county in the Regional Action Plans for Jobs but rather that the plans will identify measures that can be taken to enable each region as a whole to realise its economic potential and create jobs building on its competitive strengths and opportunities Be Sociable Share Previous Story Plastic Bag Levy Next Story No TTIP Referendum says Government Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address

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  • Plastic Bag Levy – Thomas Pringle TD
    the Plastic Bag Levy are available and contained in the published accounts of the Environ ment Fund available on my Department s website at http www environ ie en Environment Waste EnvironmentFund The 2014 Accounts have not yet been finalised The proceeds of the environmental l evy on the supply of plastic bags collected by the Revenue Commissioners and the e nvironmental l evy on the landfilling of waste collected by local authorities are both paid into the Environment Fund The E nvironment Fund was established by the Waste Management Amendment Act 2001 with effect from 17 July 2001 to be managed and controlled by the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government Funding from the Environment Fund can be used for activities or initiatives in a range of areas such as inter alia schemes to prevent reduce waste and waste recovery activities research development into waste management production distribution or sale of products deemed to be less harmful to the environment than other similar products development of producer initiatives to prevent reduce waste arising from their activities promotion of awareness of the need to protect the environment including national and regional campaigns promotion support of education and training to assist achievement of campaign objectives initiatives undertaken by community groups and others for protection of the environment initiatives undertaken by international organisations and others for protection of the environment and or sustainable development and such other purposes for the protection of the environment as may be prescribed by the Minister in regulations Details of expenditure from the Environment Fund including expenditure across the local government sector are also contained in the published accounts of the Environment Fund at the link above However a breakdown of all expenditures by local authority is not available Be Sociable Share Previous Story Government

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