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  • Pringle Exposes Social Welfare Anomalies for Donegal Farmers – Thomas Pringle TD
    to Donegal Town were consistently refused Farm Assist and Jobseekers Benefit but were awarded payments in the appeal process Personally I have dealt with 17 different appeals cases after part time farmers came to me wondering why they were refused in the first place All bar one have been upheld as the individual having an entitlement to Jobseekers or Farm Assist That means something is clearly wrong in the Department but it is particularly worrying as Donegal has the second highest number of Farm Assist recipients in the country This payment is very important for farmers here says Pringle After dealing with each case a pattern emerged and I realised these people were wrongly labelled as self employed at first contact with their local office even though they are not self employed I raised this with Minister Burton as an urgent matter and while she indicated that the policy has not changed they are in the process of issuing guideline to Deciding Officers providing greater clarity in relation to who is entitled to Jobseekers and Farm Assist says Pringle While I welcome any review I do feel that too many people have missed out on vital income supports because of this mislabelling Most were awarded the payment upon appeal but some farmers were seriously struggling as a result I wonder how many other farmers have been refused but are unaware they were affected by these anomalies concludes Pringle ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story No Date for Re Opening of North West Herring Next Story Thomas Fine Gael s Centralisation of Garda Resources Created Rural Policing Vacuum Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/11/26/pringle-exposes-social-welfare-anomalies-for-donegal-farmers/ (2016-02-16)
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  • No End in Sight for Donegal’s High Youth Unemployment Rate – Thomas Pringle TD
    under 26 The Minister stated that any change to the reduced rates of jobseeker s allowance for people under 26 would involve a significant cost and as such is a matter for Government to consider in a budgetary context Reduced Jobseekers rates for those under 26 years of age were first introduced in 2009 and further extended in 2014 by the current Government There are currently around 2 400 young people unemployed in Donegal and that hasn t changed much over the past year since the reduced rate was introduced That s unacceptably high after five years of the Government s term in office says Pringle The reduced Jobseekers rate and the string of job activation measures were meant to target youth unemployment but failed to acknowledge the reality for young jobseekers They fail to consider the double disadvantage for young jobseekers in Donegal less available jobs and higher costs associated with upskilling such as travel and expenses It s a common complaint I hear from parents in Donegal who struggle to financially support their children who are unable to find jobs even years after they ve graduated from college It s time that Donegal got a targeted response from the Government to its stubbornly high youth unemployment rate especially now that the Government failed to deliver on its Youth Guarantee promise in this year s Budget ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Speaks Against Two Tier Health Amend Bill 2015 Next Story Credit Unions Hold the Key to Housing Crisis Solution 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/11/23/no-end-in-sight-for-donegals-high-youth-unemployment-rate/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Press Releases – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 6
    present proposals on fleet sub segmentation issues to the Joint Committee Irish Water Could Prevent or Delay Donegal Development Thomas Highlights Decline of GP Numbers in Donegal Thomas Pringle TD highlighted in the Dáil the fact of the continuing decline of the number of Ireland Could Pay 300m year in EU Energy Fines A Dáil exchange between Thomas Pringle TD and Minister for Communications Alex White revealed that Ireland could Thomas to Discuss Irish Water in Kraków Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle has been invited to speak at the European Congress of Local Positive Turnout to Seasonal Workers Meeting Killybegs Yesterday Thomas Pringle TD hosted an Information Meeting for Seasonal Workers in Killybegs It was a well Seasonal Workers Information Meeting Monday April 20th Bayview Hotel 8pm A meeting for seasonal workers has been arranged by Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle in the Expensive First Fix Scheme to Spend 2 per Litre of Water In response to the First Fix Scheme Thomas Pringle TD stated in my experience working for Donegal Positive Meeting held with Minister Kevin Humphreys on Seasonal Workers Last week Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle met with the Minister for State Kevin Humphreys and Minister to roll out Social Farming In response to a PQ asked by Deputy Thomas Pringle about Social Farming the Minister for Agriculture Page 6 of 23 First Previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/category/press/page/6/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Pringle Co-Launches Successful One Year Initiative (1yi) – Thomas Pringle TD
    establish greater participatory democracy through the creation of a people s assembly brought in by elected politicians that have signed up to the pledge in the next Dáil term At the launch Deputy Pringle explained that the people s assembly will seek to establish people initiated referendums to counteract the harmful policies implemented by Fine Gael Labour Government brought in to the detriment of Irish citizens A more democratic parliament will mean people in Donegal will be able to hold the Government to account on issues that affect them like regional inequality lack of access to healthcare reduced social welfare and income supports and other austerity policies that have severely affected the day to day living of people in rural areas Deputy Pringle stated I have signed up to the One Year Initiative because it will mean greater participation in our legislature for ordinary citizens greater transparency and most of all accountability to the Irish people The current Government has shown the extent of how power is concentrated with the elite few and we need to change that fundamentally If each TD and election candidate signs up to this initiative an alternative Government will be in a position to set it up in the new Dáil term Today s success really proves this can happen with enough people supporting it and holding their politicians to account asking them to sign the 1Yi pledge when they come knocking on the door in the lead up to elections next year concludes Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Speaks on the Recent Paris Attacks Next Story Thomas Speaks on Homelessness in Dáil 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/11/18/pringle-co-launches-successful-one-year-initiative-1yi/ (2016-02-16)
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  • No funding for Gaelscoil Máistrí Until 2019 Despite Planning Permission – Thomas Pringle TD
    wait years before they can access the funding Despite the fan fair around the recent announcement Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí unfortunately will not see a cent until 2019 This is absurd as the school already has planning permission and has so for years The site they have permission to build on is owned by the Department of Education itself and its even fully serviced with water sewerage and electricity facilities Despite the many representations I have made on the school s behalf and the urgent need for permanent accommodation the school has not been granted the much needed funding to allow building to commence It s clear the Government lacks a balanced approach to investment in education I don t know how a school that has been in temporary accommodation for 17 years with pre fab classrooms for several of those years is not prioritised under this new programme Most unfortunate is that the school children will suffer the most They deserve to see funding as soon as possible so they can get the most out of a new school building The current heating and maintenance costs are a distraction for teachers and students alike The Government has a lot of making up to do after years of underinvestment in Donegal s schools This should have been reflected in the programme through a timely and tailored funding schedule targeting the accommodation needs of schools like Gaelscoil Máistrí concludes Pringle ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Asks Question on Social Welfare Coding Next Story Thomas Speaks on the Recent Paris Attacks 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/11/17/no-funding-for-gaelscoil-maistri-until-2019-despite-planning-permission/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Pringle Calls for Balanced Regional Development to Tackle Donegal’s Low Disposable Income – Thomas Pringle TD
    the lowest in the Western Region at 15 921 per person This figure represents 81 8 of the State average According to Deputy Pringle the findings come as no surprise to the people of Donegal The report highlights that regional disparities have been widening since recovery began and that while unemployment might be declining it is happening at a much slower pace than the rest of the country It s clear from this report that Donegal is a low wage county There aren t many well paying jobs or even full time jobs when you compare it to other regions in Ireland says Pringle He continues The report showed just how significant social transfers are to household incomes in Donegal which make up 41 of household disposable income the highest in the country That s why income supports such as Jobseekers and Farm Assist are vital to people in Donegal but Budget 2016 failed to address this and so has the Government overall Regional inequality needs to become a priority for the next Government Prioritising roll out of broadband to the peripheral regions first working its way towards more developed areas is a good start Development of local sustainable rural jobs is a must and support for a biomass sector could facilitate this says Pringle Instead the Government is obsessed with bringing in quick and easy jobs without any concern for the quality of those jobs This is coming at the cost of the employee who ends up in more precarious work as a result and even more reliant on income supports Seasonal workers and part time workers in Donegal are continuously coming across this trend concludes Pringle ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Additional 610 SNAs in Schools But More Grants Needed for Children in Donegal Next Story No

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/10/22/pringle-calls-for-balanced-regional-development-to-tackle-donegals-low-disposable-income/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Pringle Questions Existence of 89 Jobs Created by Killybegs Jobs Initiative – Thomas Pringle TD
    89 jobs were created The Killybegs Jobs Initiative announced by Minister Coveney in 2011 aimed to create 250 jobs in the Killybegs area by 2014 across a number of sectors including seafood processing Bord Iascaigh Mhara BIM the state agency responsible for development in the seafood industry announced in 2014 that 89 jobs were created short of the 250 target However Deputy Pringle claims it is not clear to anyone in Killybegs where the 89 jobs are that BIM has reported Pringle explains What I have found out is that when BIM make a grant announcement they state that the grant will support x number of jobs but there is no condition under the grant awarded that the jobs have to be created or be new jobs The Minister needs to be transparent in how grants are awarded and the kind of jobs created if they are created in the first place It looks to me like grants are awarded in exchange for jobs announcements to make the Government look good Ultimately the communities suffer from this lack of transparency Too many people in Killybegs have seen modernisation in the processing sector reduce employment both in the numbers of jobs and the duration of work available The Minister must ensure that job creation is a transparent process and that quality jobs are prioritised ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Speaks on Budget 2016 Next Story Additional 610 SNAs in Schools But More Grants Needed for Children in Donegal 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/10/14/pringle-questions-existence-of-89-jobs-created-by-killybegs-jobs-initiative/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Letterkenny Hospital Hygiene Standards a ‘Casualty of Cuts’ – Thomas Pringle TD
    Standards a Casualty of Cuts Letterkenny Hospital Hygiene Standards a Casualty of Cuts By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 8th October 2015 Reduced standards in hygiene as recently reported by HIQA is a direct result of cumulative cuts in the health budget imposed by the current Government says Deputy Pringle In response to revelations regarding HIQA s recent report on hygiene standards in Letterkenny General Hospital the Independent TD for Donegal says cuts in the health budget understaffing and the moratorium on recruitment has meant hospital staff are stretched to their limit The reduction in hygiene compliance is a direct symptom of that We are witnessing a decline in hygiene compliance in most hospitals across the country What is a pressing concern are the immediate health risks for patients in Letterkenny Hospital as outlined by HIQA This issue needs immediate attention especially as we approach winter and hospital admissions increase says Pringle The Government needs to get its priorities right in the area of patient care and staffing in light of the upcoming Budget concludes Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story No Pay Talks in Sight for Section 39 Org s Despite Central Role of Frontline Services Next Story Thomas Speaks on Budget 2016 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/10/08/letterkenny-hospital-hygiene-standards-a-casualty-of-cuts/ (2016-02-16)
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