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  • Christmas Bonus Needs to Be Extended to All those in Need – Thomas Pringle TD
    Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection in the case persons who were previously on Jobseeker s Allowance and were move onto a Supplementary Welfare Payment due to illness but who are not entitled to Illness Benefit due to a lack of stamps if they are in fact entitled to the Christmas Bonus in 2015 taking into account that they are unable to seek work yet are financially vulnerable and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 R E P L Y Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T D On Budget Day I was pleased to announce a 75 Christmas Bonus which is being paid this week to over 1 2 million long term social welfare beneficiaries such as pensioners people with disabilities and carers Long term recipients of Jobseeker s Allowance JA or Supplementary Welfare Allowance SWA are eligible for the bonus if they have been in receipt of their payment for 15 months in recognition of their being wholly or mostly dependent on their social welfare payment for income In the situation outlined by the Deputy if a person has been in receipt of SWA for 15 months then he or she will be eligible to receive the Christmas Bonus Time spent on another qualifying scheme immediately prior to the award of a SWA claim may also be used to establish eligibility which includes time spent on Jobseeker s Allowance Individuals in this situation should attend or contact their local office to establish their eligibility for the Bonus Be Sociable Share home news ticker Previous Story New Affordable Childcare Programme to be Introduced in 2017 Next Story Deputy Pringle Cllr MacGiollaEasbuig Slam HSE Closures of

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  • Minister to meet EU Commissioner after Pringle pushes for Bluefin Quota – Thomas Pringle TD
    will talk with the EU Commissioner on this proposal despite the fact that I ve brought this proposal before the Dáil on a number of occasions over the past year says Pringle Recreational bluefin tuna fishing in Ireland could bring huge potential for Donegal in terms of job creation and boosting tourism in the region Previously in the Dáil the answer was there s no point in asking My response to that was if we don t go looking for something we re never going to get it explains Pringle We re only be asking for 3 tons out of a total of 22 000 tons of Bluefin quotas in the EU and therefore wouldn t affect Bluefin numbers continues Pringle I think what we are looking for is entirely reasonable explains Pringle We re not looking for a major commercial fishery and nothing that will impact current fisheries If we don t start a conversation with the Commission we will never get anywhere I want to see more conversations like this in the future and a fairer share of our natural resources including our fish stock being fought for on the EU stage Proposals like this one drafted by the Irish Big Game Angling Society are designed by local people who have creative ideas that could greatly benefit local job creation in rural counties like Donegal but this Government barely gives them the time of day concludes Pringle ENDS Be Sociable Share home news ticker Previous Story Leaders Questions Pringle attacks Coalition s record in Donegal Next Story My Campaign Launch and Position for GE16 Related Posts Look out for my General Election 2016 newsletter DONEGAL NOW Donegal TD reveals Minister Lynch will not meet with Save Our St Joseph s Campaign DONEGAL NOW Calls on Burton to provide

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  • PQ: What do you think of a Charter for Rural Ireland? – Thomas Pringle TD
    of the Commission for the Economic Dev elopment of Rural Areas also known as the CEDRA report As the Deputy will be aware the first recommendation of the CEDRA report relates to the preparation of a clear and committed Rural Economic Development Policy Statement which outlines how Government intends to support integrated rural economic development to 2025 The publication of the proposed Charter for Rural Ireland to which the Deputy refers is the first step in that process Through the proposed Charter for Rural Ireland it is intended to make a specific and public commitment to support rural Ireland s regeneration and to underpin the future sustainable development of Ireland s rural communities I expect that this Charter will be brought to Government for approval shortly In relation to the Deputy s query regarding the consultation process that was carried out when preparing the Charter I can advise the Deputy that t he work of CEDRA including its final report which included submissions from va rious interested parties was used as a starting point for the development of the Charter My Department also consulted w ith the CEDRA Expert Advisory Group and the CEDRA Inter departmental Group which comp rise s senior officials from various Departments whose work and remit impact on rural Ireland The focus of the Charter is on establishing frameworks and practices to support the rejuvenation of the rural economy and rural society The objective of the Charter is to ensure that systems are in place to support enterprise creation and development maintain and restore the rural cultural heritage support and protect existing towns and other settlements facilitate safe and secure rural communities and foster an increased quality of life for all rural dwellers I am confident that the Charter for Rural Ireland when delivered will have

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  • PQ: Donegal Student Nurses on low wages can’t afford commute costs – Thomas Pringle TD
    their place of work a particular problem for student nurses from County Donegal who are automatically disadvantaged by its distant location and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle T D REPLY Pursuant to the Lansdowne Road Agreement the Department of Health and the HSE are to consider the issues of pay for student nurses during the fourth year 36 week placement with the nursing unions This process has commenced Student nurses participate in the 4th year rostered clinical placement as part of their degree programme and are paid in accordance with the trainee rates specified in the National Minimum Wage Acts for the duration of the placement At present they are paid 6 49 per hour for the first 12 weeks of the placement 6 92 for the second 12 weeks and 7 79 for the third 12 weeks excluding premium payments This equates to approximately 53 of the 1st point of the staff nurse scale Mental health student nurses are paid 2 3 more reflecting existing relativities between general and psychiatric staff nurse pay scales When undertaking the placement the students are not qualified nurses and require supervision This is reflected in the 2 1 replacement ratio for student nurses replacing staff nurses The current rates of pay will be increased from the 1st January 2016 in line with the increase in the minimum wage to 9 15 per hour announced in Budget 2016 and provided for in the National Minimum Wage Order 2015 S I No 442 of 2015 Be Sociable Share home news ticker Previous Story PQ Clarity sought how Donegal will benefit from Action Plan Next Story PQ 250m fund for schools buying electronic tablets Related Posts Look out for my General Election 2016 newsletter DONEGAL NOW Donegal TD reveals Minister

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  • PQ: Clarity sought how Donegal will benefit from Action Plan – Thomas Pringle TD
    announced that funding of up to 250 million will be made available over the next five years to support the Regional Action Plan process across all 8 regions IDA Ireland is investing in a 150m Regional Property Programme over the five year period to ensure that there is sufficient availability of utility intensive Strategic Sites quality Business Parks and Advance Building Solutions to attract investment to the Regions So far this year Advance Technology Buildings have been completed in both Waterford and Athlone and the construction of buildings in Sligo Castlebar and Tralee is at an advanced stage of procurement Next year IDA Ireland will continue this programme of advance builds with projects in Galway Dundalk and Limerick Investment in IDA Ireland s portfolio of Business and Technology Parks around the country is also underway A further sum of up to 100 million will be made available through Enterprise Ireland over the next five years to support innovative and collaborative approaches to support job creation across the regions The Enterprise Ireland funds will be distributed through three new competitive calls A 5m Community Enterprise Initiative to stimulate and support enterprise and job creation throughout the country at local community and regional level This competitive call has closed and applications are currently being assessed A 5m fund open to groups of Local Enterprise Offices who come together to bid for funding for projects to support job creation initiatives in their areas This competitive call has closed and applications are currently being assessed A third broader competitive regional call will support significant projects or initiatives to improve or leverage identified enterprise capability in the regions An expression of interest phase for this call has concluded and is informing the development of the competitive call to be launched shortly In the case of all three funding calls a collaborative approach tangible jobs impact enterprise start up and scaling are amongst the criteria against which applications will be measured It is not intended to ringfence funding at county level The Regional Action Plans will cover the three year period 2015 2017 to allow for the process to take hold and develop and to capture a more medium term ambition for the regions However the Regional Action Plans will also be flexible and dynamic to allow additional actions and ideas to be added as they emerge over the period of the Plan The success of the regional Action Plans will lie in the delivery of the actions on schedule The process will be underpinned by robust reporting arrangements with twice yearly updates to be published in each region setting out the progress on each of the actions due for delivery Implementation of each Plan will be overseen by a Regional Implementation Committee established within each region which will involve the key stakeholders in the region Given that strong business representation is also required to drive the enterprise and jobs focus of the Plan I am appointing locally based Enterprise Champions in each region to participate

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  • Follow Thomas – Thomas Pringle TD
    Transport to intervene with the PSO operator Stobart Air at Donegal Emergency Funding Needed to deal with Donegal Floods Deputy Thomas Pringle raised the issue of flooding in the Dáil calling for immediate measures to tackle severe flooding along the Deputy Pringle Cllr MacGiollaEasbuig Slam HSE Closures of Elderly Mental Health Services in Donegal Just yesterday we learned that mental health services for older people have been closed in Donegal since Christmas Bonus Needs to Be Extended to All those in Need WRITTEN question for answer on 02 12 2015 To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if New Affordable Childcare Programme to be Introduced in 2017 QUESTION NO 10 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly No Independent Oversight in New Refugee Law QUESTION NO 84 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality Deputy Frances Fitzgerald by A Charter for Rural Ireland to be Published Question No 586 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil To the Minister for the Environment Regional Action Plans to Compete with Each Other DAIL QUESTION NO 237 To ask the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation the aspects of the Minister To Confirm Reduction in Bankruptcy Terms QUESTION NO 100 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality Deputy Frances Fitzgerald by Thomas Speaks on Super Trawler Activity in Fisheries Committee Page 1 of 50 1 2 3 4 5 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

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  • No Extra Emergency Funding for Flooding in Donegal – Thomas Pringle TD
    time in three weeks This has been a soul destroying experience for these people Areas of Pettigo have experienced repeated flooding and the same can be said for places along the River Finn in Ballybofey and Stranorlar However parts of Lifford were flooded where they have never been flooded before 10m is available for people who have experienced damage in their homes and anyone affected should contact their local Community Welfare Officer Another 5m is also available for businesses that have been damaged However no extra funding has been allocated to local authorities to deal with the immediate needs of towns across Donegal and the country Instead local authorities have to apply for emergency funding to the Minor Flood Mitigation Works scheme which can take time and is not sufficient for an immediate local response to flooding I have called on the Government to give local authorities greater access to immediate emergency funding in the aftermath of bad weather so they can deal with flooding issues in their local areas This would also help to limit damage and risk to property in the aftermath of storms helping communities defend themselves against severe weather in the future It must be said that people from the public and from emergency services have worked tirelessly to help save properties and homes and must be commended for all their hard work But more can be done so that the burden is not left to local people to deal with the aftermath of bad weather Be Sociable Share home news ticker Previous Story Deputy Pringle Cllr MacGiollaEasbuig Slam HSE Closures of Elderly Mental Health Services in Donegal Next Story Cleary Centre Progresses Positively with Pringle HSE Related Posts Look out for my General Election 2016 newsletter DONEGAL NOW Donegal TD reveals Minister Lynch will not

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  • Pringle Calls for Sub-Regional Action Plan for Donegal – Thomas Pringle TD
    It s the highest populated county out of a total of six counties included in this Plan yet Donegal remains peripheral to its proposals Donegal should have been given a sub regional action plan that reflects the unique circumstances of the county and its economic development needs while targeting the legacy of years of under investment and continued marginalisation from national policies If the Government was serious about job creation it would invest in local jobs which are sustainable to rural communities This could have been reflected in an expedited plan to roll out broadband infrastructure to peripheral and remote areas working inwards towards more populated areas This would ensure that most of Donegal could catch up with other urban centres and counties across Ireland experiencing growth and would give people the scope to create their own jobs within their own communities There is an over reliance on IDA investment to bring in the majority of these jobs but the reality is it will do little outside of urban centres in Donegal It s not rural friendly Investing in rural friendly industries like biomass would ensure people stay in rural Ireland I do welcome the inclusion of biomass in one of the actions outlined but it s an ongoing project that lacks a timeline or job projections It s important that funding continues to be invested in biomass development to maximise job potential I welcome the mention of the Killybeg s Regional Seafood Development Hub and the commitment to develop a Renewable Energy Innovation Centre at Killybegs However it s vital that funding is secured to ensure maximise job creation in the sector and the region as a whole Education and training do feature in the Action Plan however there is no sign of commitment to keep the Killybegs campus

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