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  • A5 Update – Thomas Pringle TD
    the matter Thomas Pringle For ORAL answer on Tuesday 10th March 2015 Ref No 9983 15 Lottery 16 Answered by the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe REPLY Implementation of the A5 upgrade project is the responsibility of the Northern Ireland authorities The quashing by the High Court in 2013 of the Minister for Regional Development s approval for the construction of two sections of the road has resulted in significant delay Since then the Northern Ireland authorities have been working on the additional evaluations needed in relation to the project The Department for Regional Development has completed public consultation exercises on four reports intended to address impacts on all areas with Environmental designations including Special Areas of Conservation Special Protection Areas and Ramsar sites together with proposed mitigation measures I understand that the Department intends once consideration of the outcome of the public consultation on these reports is completed to initiate a public consultation process on an updated Environmental Statement draft Vesting Order and the draft Direction Order for the scheme It is possible that this will be followed by a new Public Inquiry regarding the scheme This will be a matter for decision by the Northern authorities I will continue to liaise with my Northern colleagues on the project through the Transport Sector of the North South Ministerial Council The next meeting of the Council is scheduled for April this year Be Sociable Share Previous Story Tourism Ireland 2015 Marketing Plan and Donegal Next Story Thomas Calls for Moratorium on On Shore Wind Farming Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co Donegal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

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  • Dáil Questions – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 21
    Wild Atlantic Way Infrastructure Dáil Question No 11 To ask the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport if he will provide Thomas asks question on Wild Atlantic Way Fintra Bridge Thomas asks question on the level of subvention for private bus companies Question on using ESB to roll out broadband To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources his views on Question on National Broadband Plan state intervention To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources the timeline for Question on muscovite in building blocks Question s No s 540 and 541 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil To Question on Subsidiary Protection Stats QUESTION NO 342 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality Ms Fitzgerald by Deputy Question on the work of the Office of the Promotion of Migrant Integration QUESTION NO 309 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality Ms Fitzgerald by Deputy Question on budget of the Office of Promotion of Migrant Integration QUESTION NO 308 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality Ms Fitzgerald by Deputy Question on Apprenticeship Council Uimhir 25 Ceist Pharlaiminte Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha To the Minister for Education and Science To Page 21 of 66 First Previous 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 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

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  • Written Question on top-up State pension payments to UK State pensions – Thomas Pringle TD
    payments to UK State pensions By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 24th April 2013 Question No 336 Ref No 18241 13 To the Minister for Social Protection To ask the Minister for Social Protection the way the Sterling exchange rate is arrived at for applicants in receipt of top up State pension payments to UK State pensions who are resident in this State and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 R E P L Y Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T D In assessing means deriving from payments received from non euro countries the Department uses the conversion mechanism provided for under Article 107 of Council Regulation EEC No 574 72 on Social Security for Migrant Workers The exchange rates for converting sterling and other non euro currencies are published quarterly in the Official Journal of the European Union Under this mechanism the conversion rate used for means testing purposes is derived from the average of the daily exchange rates in the first month of a quarter This rate is then used in all conversions during the course of the succeeding quarter Alternatively the conversion rate applicable to the next succeeding quarter is used if it is more beneficial to the customer ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Written question on telephone allowance for carers Next Story Written Question on Youth Guarantee for homeless young persons 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

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  • Written question on telephone allowance for carers – Thomas Pringle TD
    if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 16th April 2013 R E P L Y Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T D Expenditure on carers has increased significantly in recent years In 2013 it is estimated to be 776 million compared with an estimated outturn of 771 million in 2012 The expenditure on carers in 2012 included 509 million on carer s allowance 24 million on carer s benefit 135 million on the respite care grant and 103 million on domiciliary care allowance My Department provides a number of supports to carers The two main weekly income support payments are the means tested carer s allowance including half rate carer s allowance paid to almost 54 000 people and the PRSI based carer s benefit paid to almost 1 700 people In addition to these payments non resident carers continue to be entitled to the annual respite care grant and free travel The income disregard and means test for carers is the most generous within the social welfare system A couple under 66 with two children earning a joint annual income of up to 35 400 can qualify for maximum payment carer s allowance which such a couple earning 59 300 will still qualify for the minimum rate I have no plans to review the provision of household benefits including the telephone allowance for carers who are not living with the person for whom they provide care For those who do reside with the person being cared for the person being cared for is likely to already have an entitlement of their own to household benefits Approximately 31 000 carers receive a household benefits package ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Written question on Mercer Report regarding bank employees Next

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  • Written question on Mercer Report regarding bank employees – Thomas Pringle TD
    if he will reconsider their REPLY Minister for Finance Mr Noonan When publishing the Review of Remuneration Practices and Frameworks at the Covered Institutions on 12 March 2013 I indicated that the Government had formed the view that with the remaining covered institutions still incurring losses it was an inescapable conclusion that the cost base of the institutions needs to be reduced further This is essential if they are to return to profitability be in a position to support the economy and repay the State s investment through a return to private ownership On behalf of the Government I have now directed the banks to come up with plans as to how they intend to address this issue in a manner that can help meet the State s objectives I expect the value of those plans to mean a saving of 6 10 of total remuneration costs through reductions in payroll and pension benefits new working arrangements and structures that deliver efficiency gains Tackling the cost base is of course only one of many goals that need to be achieved but combined with other measures will deliver the required results I and the Government acknowledge that the sacrifices and changes made by bank employees to date at all levels and recognise that this has been achieved without major industrial unrest in what is a critically important sector However it can never be forgotten by management and employees of these banks both past and present that without enormous cost to Irish taxpayers these institutions would not have survived and that this needs to be borne in mind during future discussions If remuneration costs are to be reduced with the aim of a return to profitability then sacrifices at all employees levels will be required Be Sociable Share Previous Story Written Question

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  • Written Question on provision of mental health services – Thomas Pringle TD
    health services will be used specifically for the provision of mental health services and to appoint new staff in the sector and the progress that has been made to date Thomas Pringle T D For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 16th April 2013 REPLY Following on from the special allocation of 35 million for mental health in Budget 2012 a further 35 million was provided in Budget 2013 for the continued development of our mental health services The HSE National Service Plan 2013 commits to a number of objectives including the further development of forensic services and community mental health teams for adults children and older persons and for mental health intellectual disability and to the recruitment of 477 additional staff to implement these measures In order to ensure that the additional resources will be used to best effect the HSE in consultation with the Department of Health is working towards finalising the allocation of these resources Business cases from each HSE Region are being finalised and examined against each of the identified objectives detailing how the funding is to be spent and the type and number of WTE to be recruited It is expected that this process will be concluded in the very near future with a view to recruitment of the additional staff proceeding as soon as possible 384 of the 414 posts approved in 2012 have either been filled are under offer or awaiting clearance I have been assured by the HSE that the recruitment process for the new posts being funded in 2013 and any outstanding posts from the 414 approved in 2012 is being given priority within the HSE Be Sociable Share Previous Story Written question on Guthrie screening cards Next Story Written question on Mercer Report regarding bank employees About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency

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  • Written question on Guthrie screening cards – Thomas Pringle TD
    on the issue Thomas Pringle T D For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 16th April 2013 REPLY I have requested that the HSE hold off on the destruction of the so called Guthrie Cards cards which contain blood samples from children born in Ireland dating back to 1984 I have asked for the delay amid concern over the effectiveness of a communication campaign to alert the general public to the issue I have asked that the delay give time for an expert group to consider the matter further The newborn screening cards taken between 1984 and 2002 which contain blood samples from children born in Ireland were retained without the informed consent of the parents or guardians of the children There is no written consent from parents for the retention or use of these newborn screening cards taken between 1984 and 2002 for research or other purposes The Data Protection Commissioner had ruled that the cards should be destroyed by the HSE to comply with a ruling from the Data Protection Commissioner that the indefinite retention of newborn screening cards breached the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2003 The HSE has been running a campaign to allow parents of children born between 1984 and 2002 who wish to donate their child s newborn screening card for research to have the card returned to them They can then donate them for research purposes In the wake of mounting concern from a range of respected bodies about the potential value into the future of the loss of the material and in the context of low public awareness of the issue I have requested that no destruction of the cards begins pending legal advice from the Attorney General and before an expert group has had an opportunity to consider the matter further Be Sociable

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  • Priority Question on peace process in Democratic Republic of Congo – Thomas Pringle TD
    build on the framework agreed in Addis and I warmly welcome the decision of the UN Secretary General to appoint Mary Robinson as Special Envoy to the region She can count on the full support of the Government and of the EU in her work In the UN Secretary General s words a lasting solution must be anchored in the political will of the leaders of all countries in the region It must address the structural causes of instability in the DRC itself It must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all concerned countries and it demands the commitment and long term support of the international community Illegal trading in minerals and other natural resources has fuelled the conflict for years It is clear that there will be no lasting peace or sustainable development without fair and efficient management of extractive industries in this resource rich region Internationally Ireland is playing a strong role in efforts to build transparency in this area As EU Presidency Ireland is working for progress on the revision of the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives These would require multinational companies based in Europe to report on the payments that they make to developing countries for access to oil gas and minerals This would help the DRC and other developing countries to maximise revenues generated by extractives industries Ireland has also strongly supported efforts in the OECD to promote the accountability transparency and effective management of natural resources for example through the recently updated OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises These Guidelines clarify how companies can identify and better manage risks throughout the supply chain in order to halt illegal exploitation of natural resources in fragile African states such as the DRC Be Sociable Share Previous Story Written Question on decision to destroy all heel prick

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