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  • Oral Question on Standard Bank Account pilot – Thomas Pringle TD
    from 29 June 2012 The Financial Inclusion Working Group FIWG which includes An Post was tasked with governance of the project The Standard Bank Account SBA Pilot finished on 31 March 2013 after a 9 month pilot period A total of 205 accounts were opened during the Pilot which was below expectations The initial Pilot evaluation suggests that the lower than expected take up of the SBA was due the lack of a trigger event amongst the target cohort in the pilot locations such as a requirement to have an income or benefit payment made to a bank account The Strategy for Financial Inclusion in Ireland noted that the post office network has the potential to play a key role in the delivery of basic payment accounts It is a generally accepted view that many of the financially excluded trust the post office network It is also clear that many of the financially excluded make use of An Post s services already and that many of them use An Post branches for the receipt of social welfare payments and benefits When the Pilot commenced An Post could not on its own offer transactional banking services to its customers as it required arrangements with banking providers to do so However we did secure a limited offering of the Standard Bank Account through post offices in the New Ross area from November 2012 I am advised that the report of the FIWG on the Pilot will be submitted for my consideration in a few weeks following which I expect that the Report will be presented to Government and published I understand that one of the initial conclusions from the Pilot is that the involvement of the post office network will be one of the key requirements for successful national roll out of

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  • Written question on public procurement – Thomas Pringle TD
    PQ 3220 13 refers You may recall that Minister Hayes did not indicate that an impact assessment had been carried out but noted that the impact on local jobs had been carefully considered and that very substantial dialogue with representatives of the small and medium enterprise SME sector had taken place before the introduction of the circular The key purpose of Circular 6 12 is to enable the State to do more with less by aggregating procurement to secure better value for money It is also worth noting that such aggregation arrangements can be implemented in a manner that achieves value for money with a minimal negative impact or indeed a positive impact on SMEs When Circular 06 12 was being drafted the decision was made to include the existing national contracts that applied across the majority of the public sector as commonly purchased goods and services While a number of the categories of goods and services mandated under the Circular are suited to single supplier national arrangements these need not be accepted as the norm The greater use where appropriate of multi supplier frameworks can address local supplier issues while also ensuring on going cost competitiveness of the framework itself Such multi supplier frameworks may also offer SMEs the opportunity to participate in national level contracts thereby offering valuable reference work when competing for public procurement contracts in other jurisdictions The National Procurement Service NPS has developed tender documentation to encourage the participation of SMEs For example the contract for office supplies was divided into three individual lots for Stationery ICT Consumables and Paper SMEs that believed the scope of the competitions were beyond their technical or business capacities were encouraged to explore the possibilities of forming relationships with other SMEs or with larger enterprises Through such relationships they could participate and contribute to the successful implementation of any contracts that resulted from these competitions and therefore increase their social and economic benefits Larger enterprises were also encouraged to consider the practical ways that SMEs could be included in their proposals to maximise the social and economic benefits of the contracts that result from these tenders For example the indigenous company which won the Stationery contract with an estimated value of 10m per annum is sourcing up to 60 of their products using 136 local agents and manufacturers In order to encourage greater SME participation the NPS over the past three years has conducted a targeted programme of education for suppliers who wish to learn more about doing business with the Irish Public Service This programme consists of seminars workshops and large scale meet the buyer events hosted nationwide To date the NPS has facilitated workshops and presented at seminars to over 4 500 SMEs nationwide Parallel with these events the NPS also works closely with business representative bodies such as ISME and IBEC to provide briefings for their members Whilst the government want better value for money for our substantial procurement spend we also want Irish SMEs where

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  • Written Question on adding Down Syndrome to the low incident list of intellectual disabilities – Thomas Pringle TD
    answer on Wednesday 8th May 2013 Reference Number 21661 13 Freagra Minister Ruairí Quinn The Deputy will be aware of this Government s ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children with special educational needs including children with Down syndrome can have access to an education appropriate to their needs The policy of my Department is to secure the maximum possible level of inclusion of students with special educational needs in mainstream primary and post primary schools or where a special school or special class placement may be required to ensure such placements are provided for Pupils with Down syndrome attending mainstream schools may receive additional teaching support in primary schools either under the terms of the General Allocation Model GAM of teaching supports if the pupil s educational psychological assessment places the pupil in the mild general learning disability high incidence disability category or through an allocation of individual additional resource teaching hours which are allocated by the National Council for Special Education NCSE if the child is assessed as being within the low incidence category of special need as defined by my Department s Circular Sp Ed 02 05 Pupils with Down syndrome may be allocated resources under the category of mild general learning disability or under the categories of moderate general learning difficulty or Assessed Syndrome in conjunction with another Low Incidence disability There is not presently a distinct disability category of Down syndrome for resource allocation purposes I have asked the National Council for Special Education to provide me with policy advice on the issue of whether Down syndrome should be reclassified as a low incidence disability in all instances regardless of assessed cognitive ability This advice will be included in the NCSE s comprehensive policy advice on how the education system can best support children with

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  • Written Question on maintaining the Tourism College, Killybegs – Thomas Pringle TD
    Written Question on maintaining the Tourism College Killybegs By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 8th May 2013 Uimhir 86 Ceist Pharlaiminte Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha To the Minister for Education and Science To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will ensure that the Killybegs Campus of Letterkenny Institute of Technology will continue to be supported as part of Letterkenny IT to ensure that the campus can continue to contribute to the provision of third level education in South West Donegal and the economic development of the area delivering courses in the school of tourism and renewable energies and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 8th May 2013 Reference Number 21660 13 Freagra Minister Ruairí Quinn The Tourism College Killybegs is a school of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology LYIT which is an autonomous statutory body The management of the College is the responsibility of the Governing Body and the President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology No specific proposals concerning the future of the Killybegs campus of the Institute have been received from Letterkenny Institute of Technology by either the Higher Education Authority or my Department Be Sociable Share Previous Story Written Question on maintaining a sustainable forest strategy Next Story Written Question on adding Down Syndrome to the low incident list of intellectual disabilities 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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  • Written Question on maintaining a sustainable forest strategy – Thomas Pringle TD
    To ask the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine the way he intends to maintain a sustainable forest strategy in the event that the sale of the havesting rights of Coillte goes ahead and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 8th May 2013 Ref No 21889 13 Proof 236 REPLY The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Simon Coveney I wish to stress that it is a concession for the harvesting rights which is being considered for sale In order to preserve the forest estate my Department s long standing policy is that replanting should take place following harvesting apart from exceptional circumstances The replanting obligation is one of the issues that have been identified in relation to the possible harvesting rights concession While the consideration process is at an advanced stage no decision has been taken as yet In relation to maintaining a sustainable forest strategy in addition to the replanting policy the Forest Service of my Department promotes afforestation on an ongoing basis as a viable land use for landowners through the provision of planting grants and payment of annual premiums A total of 112 million in funding for capital and current expenditure was allocated for the overall forestry programme in 2013 to facilitate the payment for close to 7 000 hectares of new planting this year Be Sociable Share Previous Story Written Question on Coillte Next Story Written Question on maintaining the Tourism College Killybegs 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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  • Written Question on Coillte – Thomas Pringle TD
    13 Proof 234 REPLY The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Simon Coveney Further to the Government s decision that a concession for the harvesting rights to Coillte s forests be considered for sale NewERA Coillte the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and my Department have worked to examine the financial and other implications of a potential transaction Substantial work has been undertaken on the identification of the forestry assets involved the determination of their value and the consideration of a number of issues associated with the proposed sale of the harvesting rights As part of the consideration process outlined above the Coillte State Assets Steering Group on which my Department is represented also met with representatives of the Coillte Unions and the Irish Timber Council in January and March respectively to discuss the concerns of those groups regarding the proposed sale of Coillte harvesting rights NewERA the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and my Department are currently considering the report by Peter Bacon and Associates commissioned by IMPACT containing an Assessment of the Consequences of the proposed Sale of Coillte s Timber Harvesting Rights 10 January 2013 The report by EPS Consulting for the Irish Timber Council The impacts on the sawmill sector arising from the proposed sale of Coillte s harvesting rights is also being considered as part of the analysis The Government is fully conscious of the concerns that have been raised in relation to the Coillte sale proposal The outcome of the overall analysis which is ongoing will be considered by the Government upon its conclusion with no decision to be taken on Coillte until it is discussed at Cabinet Be Sociable Share Previous Story Priority Question on the green economy and climate change opportunities Next Story Written Question on maintaining a sustainable

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  • Priority Question on the green economy and climate change opportunities – Thomas Pringle TD
    13 REPLY Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government Mr P Hogan The Government s ambition for growth and job creation in t he green economy as well as a range of associated action s are set out in the policy statement on Delivering our Green Potential which was published by my colleague the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation in November 2012 Publication of the statement followed on from a commitment under the Action Plan for Jobs 2012 and must also be seen in the context of the Government s new sustainable development framework Our Sustainable Future published in June 2012 It is estimated that well over 10 000 extra jobs could be created in the green economy sector over the next number of years A key element of the context for the emerging global green economy is the gradual emergence of new technologies and practices that are responding to the threat of climate change and the need for a significantly more efficient approa ch to using natural resources In meeting our international climate commitments greenhouse gas mitigation policy in the EU is being developed around early and cost effective transition to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050 In Ireland policy is being developed on an equally progressive approach as borne out both by the outline Heads of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill and the ambitious policy initiative on sectoral mitigation roadmapping for 2050 which I announced recently Our commitment to environmental sustainability including climate protection will be fundamental to our success in shaping and engaging competitively in the emerging global green economy The carbon tax is one of the key policy responses to support the transition to a low carbon economy Responsibility for the carbon tax rests with my colleague the Minister for

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  • Watch Thomas ask Minister Hogan Priority Question on the green economy and climate change opportunities – Thomas Pringle TD
    climate change opportunities Watch Thomas ask Minister Hogan Priority Question on the green economy and climate change opportunities By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 2nd May 2013 Yesterday I asked Minister Hogan how he sees Ireland benefiting from the green economy and climate change opportunities and expressed some concerns regarding the carbon tax and people s ability to afford this increase in their bills To ask the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government the way he sees Ireland benefiting from the green economy and climate change opportunities the way the carbon tax will assist this and if he will make a statement on the matter Be Sociable Share Previous Story Written Question to Taoiseach on Justice for the Forgotten Next Story Priority Question on the green economy and climate change opportunities 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

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