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  • Dáil Questions – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 20
    creation Dáil Questions Question on raising rent assistance cap ORAL question for answer on 10 12 2014 To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the Question on fishermen Class P PRSI PRIORITY question for answer on 10 12 2014 To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if Thomas asks question on fishermen Class P contributions Question on publishing of Energy Policy white paper To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources when he expects Question on current biomass supply To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources his views on Offshore renewable energy sector mariner certification training Dáil Question No 3 To ask the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport if he in conjunction Question on regulations governing vessels wind work boat industry Dáil Question No 7 To ask the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport if he will bring Question on subvention to bus private operators Dáil Question No 6 To ask the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport the level of subvention Question on rural hackney licenses Dáil Question No 192 To ask the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport the number of rural Thomas asks question on offshore wind energy projects vessels Page 20 of 66 First Previous 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 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 services programmes February 11 2016 11 23 am HIGHLAND RADIO Pringle

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  • Government Hasn’t a Clue about Wind Turbine Carbon Footprint – Thomas Pringle TD
    about Wind Turbine Carbon Footprint Government Hasn t a Clue about Wind Turbine Carbon Footprint By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 25th March 2015 Ref No 11575 15 To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide details of the carbon footprint of a wind turbine for example Turbine No 1 on the Mount Lucas Wind Farm in County Offaly and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 24th March 2015 1018 Received on 12th March 2015 REPLY Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Alex White It is not possible to provide a precise measurement of the carbon footprint of any individual wind turbine taking into account the transport materials and installation process involved as this is dependent on a number of factors including the sourcing of the turbine the nature of the development site and access to it I would refer the Deputy to the website of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland SEAI for further information in relation to the low carbon benefits of renewables including wind energy by comparison to fossil fuels Be Sociable Share Previous Story Clerical Officers Caretakers in Primary Schools Next Story Plastic Bag Levy 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

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  • Clerical Officers & Caretakers in Primary Schools – Thomas Pringle TD
    statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 24th March 2015 Reference Number 11280 15 Freagra Minister Jan O Sullivan Schemes were initiated in 1978 and 1979 for the employment of Clerical Officers and Caretakers in primary and secondary schools While a small number of these staff remain in schools the schemes are being phased out and have been superseded by a more extensive grant scheme The majority of primary and voluntary secondary schools in the Free Education Scheme now receive capitation grant assistance to provide for caretaking and or secretarial services Within the capitation grant schemes it is a matter for each individual school to decide how best to apply the grant funding to suit its particular needs and the Department does not stipulate how caretaking and or secretarial services are to be obtained Where a school uses the grant funding to employ a caretaker and or secretary such staff are employees of individual schools My Department therefore does not have any role in determining the pay and conditions under which they are engaged These are matters to be agreed between the staff concerned and the school authorities Caretakers and secretaries employed by schools using grant funding are not regarded as public servants except for the purposes of the pay reduction under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest No 2 Act 2009 due to the definition of public servant used in that Act The fact that such staff come within the definition of public servant solely for the purposes of the Act does not alter their employment status in any other respect Caretaking and administrative staff employed in Education and Training Boards ETBs are employees of the relevant ETB Any queries in respect of such staff should be directed to the relevant employer Be

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  • JobBridge in Donegal – Jobs or Internships? – Thomas Pringle TD
    and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle INTE921056 INTE920873 INTE921573 INTE921564 INTE917497 INTE914951 For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 24th March 2015 R E P L Y Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T D The purpose of JobBridge is to help unemployed jobseekers break the cycle whereby they cannot find a job without appropriate experience but cannot find appropriate experience without a job To date it has been very successful in delivering on this objective with this success being partly attributable to the wide variety of internship opportunities that it supports Given that unemployed jobseekers are drawn from many walks of life and have varying levels of work experience and educational qualifications it is essential that Internship opportunities cover many occupations disciplines from high skill specialist placements to lower skilled general placements Therefore JobBridge opportunities are not confined to the type internships that were and continue to be a feature of some white collar professions I am satisfied that the positions referred to can offer valuable work experience to some jobseekers and can subject to all other conditions of the JobBridge scheme being satisfied form the basis of a JobBridge internship I would also point out that JobBridge is a voluntary scheme There is no obligation on a Jobseeker to participate in the scheme or to take up any particular internship Interns choose to participate and choose the host organisation they wish to work for Be Sociable Share Previous Story SUSI GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 15 16 Next Story Clerical Officers Caretakers in Primary Schools 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

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  • Biomass in State-owned Peat Powered Generation Stations – Thomas Pringle TD
    target set to be achieved by this year and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For ORAL answer on Thursday 12th March 2015 19 Received on 5th March 2015 REPLY Minister of State at the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Joe McHugh In the 2007 Energy White Paper Delivering A Sustainable Energy Future For Ireland a target was set of 30 co firing of biomass at the three peat power generation stations Under the Renewable Energy Feed in Tariff REFIT schemes which are the primary means through which electricity from renewable sources is supported in Ireland a tariff was introduced in 2012 to incentivise co firing at these plants It is however a commercial decision for the companies involved whether or not they apply to participate in a REFIT scheme I understand that Bord na Móna is already co firing its plant at Edenderry with biomass now accounting for 25 of the fuel mix I also understand that ESB has completed biomass co firing trials at West Offaly and Lough Ree power plants and that some significant commercial issues including uncertainty regarding the biomass supply chain need to be addressed before biomass co firing could be a realistic option at these two plants The Draft Bioenergy Plan published in October 2014 and due to be subjected to Strategic Environmental and Appropriate Assessments during 2015 referenced certain supply side measures which may be helpful in this regard Be Sociable Share Previous Story Minister reply to Call for Moratorium on On Shore Wind Farms Next Story Choice Based Letting Donegal County Council 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

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  • Minister reply to Call for Moratorium on On-Shore Wind Farms – Thomas Pringle TD
    to meeting those objectives for Irish consumers and businesses Onshore wind contributes significantly to achieving these objectives A 2014 Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland report listed the benefits from wind electricity generation in 2012 In summary almost 600 kilo tonnes of oil equivalent of fossil fuels were displaced valued at 180 million with a consequent carbon dioxide saving of 1 5 million tonnes valued at 11m A report published by the Council for European Energy Regulators recently found Ireland to have one of the lowest levels of monetary support per unit of gross electricity produced In other words Ireland s approach to subsidising renewable electricy generation is amongst the most cost effective in the EU As we transition to a low carbon economy we will continue to assess the alternative energy sources including off shore wind in the longer term that are available to us This was acknowledged in the Green Paper on Energy Policy published in May 2014 Over 1 200 responses to the public consultation were received and 12 public seminars were held to enable public participation in the finalisation of a White Paper which will be published in September It is essential that local communities are at the heart of the transition to a sustainable energy system The Department is currently finalising a Renewable Electricity Policy and Development Framework which is to be underpinned by a Strategic Environmental Assessment and an Appropriate Assessment The proposed Framework will be completed in 2015 and will be a high level strategic policy which is intended for the guidance of persons seeking development consent primarily in relation to large scale renewable electricity projects as well as for the guidance of planning authorities statutory authorities and the public The next stage of public consultation will commence shortly with the publication of the

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  • Merging of Coillte and Bord na Móna – Update – Thomas Pringle TD
    Received on 5th March 2015 REPLY Minister of State at the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Joe McHugh In June 2014 the Government decided to streamline and refocus the commercial operations of Bord na Móna and Coillte primarily in the bioenergy and wind energy sectors The decision requires Bord na Móna and Coillte to proceed with a partial merger in four key areas wind biomass tourism and recreation and shared services An Interdepartmental Steering Group comprising senior officials from relevant departments has been charged with overseeing the project which involves interaction with both companies as they progress with the partial merger Both companies are committed to moving ahead with this challenging agenda and detailed work is proceeding on all areas of the initiative It is anticipated that subject to appropriate regulatory and other approvals and clearances being confirmed the initial corporate structures will be in place later this year Progress is being made across all areas including Establishing a biomass business to be called BioEnergy Ireland which will procure biomass at market rates from both Coillte and private sources and use this to supply the entire market including Coillte s board companies and Bord na Móna s power station on a competitive commercial basis Establishing a wind business comprising initially of two Coillte windfarms with further integration of the wind assets of both companies over time Developing shared services to consolidate central support services and drive cost efficiencies and Developing Recreation and Tourism to realise the green agri tourism potential inherent in the combined land banks of the two companies Be Sociable Share Previous Story Renewable Heat Incentive RHI to be in Place by 2016 Next Story Minister reply to Call for Moratorium on On Shore Wind Farms Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will

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  • Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to be in Place by 2016 – Thomas Pringle TD
    Communications Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Joe McHugh The Minister published a Draft Bioenergy Plan in October 2014 which will undergo Strategic Environmental and Appropriate Assessments to inform the content of the finalised Plan These assessment processes will commence shortly The draft Plan sets out the broader context for the development of Ireland s biomass sector and the current status with regard to the range of policy areas that must be coordinated in order to create the conditions necessary to support the development of this sector The analysis underpinning the draft Plan is that an additional bioenergy focussed measure in the heat sector would represent the most cost effective means of meeting a number of different policy goals including reducing the emerging gap in terms of meeting our 2020 Renewable Heat target anticipated in the heat sector Accordingly the draft Plan recommends the introduction of a Renewable Heat Incentive to incentivise larger heat users in the industrial and commercial sector to change to heating solutions that produce heat from renewable sources in order to deliver the additional heat required in the context of meeting 12 of heat demand from renewable sources by 2020 There are no plans at this time to introduce such a scheme for domestic heat users The design of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme will commence this year and will include public consultation the first stage of which will be launched shortly The consultation process will seek views on a range of issues including the technologies that should be included Once designed it will require State Aid clearance from the European Commission and further Government approval Subject to these approvals it is proposed to have the scheme in place in 2016 Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Calls for Moratorium on On Shore Wind Farming Next Story

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