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  • Pringle on Budget 2016: ‘Restore Income Supports Vital to Rural Ireland’ – Thomas Pringle TD
    has the second highest number of Farm Assist recipients in the country which recognises that fact however seasonal workers and part time farmers were disproportionately affected by austerity With fewer job opportunities and high unemployment rates Jobseekers and Farm Assist became vital income supports for many families explains Pringle Unfortunately these supports were also cut So I am calling on the Government to restore them back to pre 2012 levels in this year s Budget Restoring this support and Jobseekers would amount to a total of 49m a year That pales in comparison to the social welfare budget of 20b a year says Pringle If you think about how much the Government spent on Eircode my proposal isn t unreasonable In his pre Budget submission Deputy Pringle outlines a total of 14 recommendations for the upcoming Budget and is also calling on the Government to invest in the post office infrastructure in the roll out of broadband to rural communities a Primary Care health model mental health and rural schools I am particularly concerned about the issue of disability supports The Centre of Independent Living in Donegal CILD has experienced a loss of 182 000 in cuts since 2009 a truly unacceptable amount and I believe they deserve special recognise in light of this Consideration needs to be granted to those who were particularly vulnerable to the austerity budgets in previous years concludes Pringle Thomas s 2016 Pre Budget Submission can be accessed below Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Calls for New Licencing Regime in Fisheries Policy Next Story Thomas Pringle TD 2016 Pre Budget Submission Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co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/2015/10/07/pringle-on-budget-2016-restore-income-supports-vital-to-rural-ireland/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Extent of ‘Pre-Fab’ Schooling in Donegal Unknown – Thomas Pringle TD
    classrooms and no permanent structure In response to this Pringle stated this is a worrying sign that the Government is unaware of the full extent of pre fab schooling in Donegal and perhaps in the rest of the country According to Pringle the school suffers from poor insulation single glaze windows and very high heating costs and is in urgent need of repair To date the school has not been considered for emergency works by the Department of Education despite a number of applications and representations made on its behalf What has been frustrating for the parents and teachers of the school is that planning permission was granted to build a new 8 classroom school on a site the Department already owns It s even fully serviced with water sewerage and electricity facilities But the school needs funding so it can progress to the construction stage as soon as possible explains Pringle I m concerned that Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí will be left out of the Capital Investment programme announced this week because its needs are simply not documented by the Department It s particularly worrying as this Capital Investment programme has promised to end pre fab schooling once and for all A good place to start would be to correctly document the schools across the country and the extent to which they use pre fabs for classrooms I will be bringing this anomaly to the attention of the Minister and will expect an explanation as to why Gaelscoil Máistrí was omitted concludes Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Asks Question on Role of Post Offices in Financial Inclusion Policy Next Story Thomas Asks How the Capital Plan will Invest in Rural Ireland Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/09/29/extent-of-pre-fab-schooling-in-donegal-unknown/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Pringle Says ‘Keep Broadband Infrastructure State-owned’ – Thomas Pringle TD
    broadband providers will be able to compete in tendering for clients at the point of retail I have recommended that the ESB take the lead over the infrastructural upgrade project as it is already equipped has already agreed to share the infrastructure as part of the National Broadband Plan and is currently working in partnership with Vodafone to roll out fibre powered broadband It should therefore be a partner in this upgrade project eventually allowing providers to compete with each other for clients If the state were to award state funding to the ESB to upgrade all premises in Ireland to fibre powered broadband the state could oversee the development of the highest standard of infrastructure while still respect the market competition between providers at the point of retail and tendering for clients but not at the point of infrastructure development suggests Pringle Keeping it state owned will protect consumers from extortionate charges the passing of upgrading costs onto the consumer and unequal access to broadband due to geographical location a particular concern for rural Ireland Pringle goes on to explain that we are already witnessing the consequences of private sector roll out of broadband In Letterkenny we see the bizarre situation of duplicate access to broadband by each premise while the rest of the country could wait up to six years for any access at all ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story National Broadband Plan Should Provide Fibre Broadband to all Homes in Donegal Next Story Thomas Speaks on No Confidence Motion 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/2015/09/23/pringle-says-keep-broadband-infrastructure-state-owned/ (2016-02-16)
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  • National Broadband Plan Should Provide Fibre Broadband to all Homes in Donegal – Thomas Pringle TD
    broadband to each home resulting in duplicate access to broadband to each house while the rest of the county waits up to six years for any access at all explains Pringle Fibre broadband access is essential for Donegal to compete locally nationally even globally Without it Donegal will lag behind the rest of the country as urban centres experience a rapid growth in job creation and rural Ireland disintegrates further John O Connell Quality Manager in United Health Group confirmed this saying the company would like to support people to work from home but in Donegal that isn t even a consideration because access to broadband is so unreliable says Pringle In a submission to the Department of Communications this week I have recommended that the broadband infrastructure be state owned with ESB taking the lead over the upgrade project The ESB is a company that already has a relationship with every household and business in the country consequently it is a perfect fit for it to be able to provide fibre optic broadband by wrapping fibre on their existing networks We do not want to see the consequences of a privately owned infrastructure where upgrading costs will be passed onto the consumer and where geographical location will once again disadvantage counties like Donegal If the state were to award funding to ESB to upgrade all premises in Ireland to fibre powered broadband the state could then oversee the development of the highest standard of infrastructure while still respect the market competition between providers at the point of retail and tendering for clients concludes Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Rural Broadband Connecting Donegal Communities Policy Document Next Story Pringle Says Keep Broadband Infrastructure State owned Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/09/23/national-broadband-plan-should-provide-fibre-broadband-to-all-homes-in-donegal/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Pringle Urges Minister to Grant ‘Urgent’ Funding for Donegal Gaelscoil – Thomas Pringle TD
    and is in urgent need of repair according to Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle Pringle was alerted by the Parent s Association that no support had been received from the Department of Education on previous funding applications despite the poor condition of the school In a last ditch effort an application has since been made for a devolved grant which would give the school access to funding for small scale works where there is an urgent need of repair and renovation I am urging the Minister to consider Gaelscoil Máistri for this funding There have been consistent health and safety concerns with the school building Four freezing prefabs with poor insulation and single glaze windows are a great distraction to the children attending the school They deserve better says Pringle What is frustrating is that planning permission has been granted to build a new 8 classroom school on a site which the Department already owns It s even fully serviced with water sewerage and electricity facilities But the school needs funding so it can progress to the construction stage as soon as possible continues Pringle I urge the Minister to consider Gaelscoil Máistri s application for this vital funding and remind her of the Government s commitment to support rural communities concludes Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Pringle TD and Cllr John Campbell Welcome the Cool Route Project Next Story National Broadband Plan Should Provide Fibre Broadband to all Homes 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 February 11 2016 12 59

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/08/26/pringle-urges-minister-to-grant-urgent-funding-for-donegal-gaelscoil/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Press Releases – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 7
    as Donegal County Council has given the go ahead for a new plant Moratorium needed on Wind Farm Construction At the well attended Finn Valley wind farm meeting last Monday in the Parochial Hall in Killygordan Topical Issue Seasonal Workers and Social Welfare Support Meeting with Government on Seasonal Workers in SW Donegal A meeting will be arranged with Minister for Donegal to get a Children s Outreach Nurse Good news as Donegal will be getting a Children s Outreach Nurse appointed this year as part of Marine Committee Positive Move but Extra Initiative Needed The Oireachtas Marine Committee met yesterday to discuss the report on Rural Coastal and Island Communities LGH Consultant s Resignation means Government must Act Now In response to the resignation of Mr Kevin Moran a leading consultant at Letterkenny General Hospital Independent Action Plan shows Little Action for Donegal Action Plan shows Little Action for Donegal There is little mention of Donegal and the NorthWest region Arrest of Murphy complete over reaction Speaking today after the announcement of the early morning arrest of Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy My voting record in the Dail Closure of Antenatal Clinic in Dungloe Community Hospital Slammed Independent TD Thomas Pringle and his council colleague Cllr Michael Cholm MacGiollaEaspuig have today slammed the Letterkenny Page 7 of 23 First Previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/category/press/page/7/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Pringle TD and Cllr John Campbell Welcome the Cool Route Project – Thomas Pringle TD
    Cllr John Campbell have both welcomed the new initiative claiming the project will ensure every community involved remains central to its development The Cool Route Project aims to establish a bi directional yacht cruising route along the Western coast from Co Cork to the UK Scotland and as far as Norway The project s website was launched this week with the intention of developing partnerships between all stakeholders Speaking on the launch of the new website Pringle said it is a positive way of connecting stakeholders at each stage of the Cool Route s development while keeping local communities well informed and central to the rolling out of the initiative Local communities have too often been side lined by developments that could have been positive for them Donegal County Council have done a great job here involving communities from the very start The eco tourism aspect of the project will certainly contribute to generating new business and sustainable new jobs across Donegal County says Pringle Cllr John Campbell also expressed his optimism for the project saying the Cool Route project increases opportunity for tourism providers all along our Donegal coast and builds on the great work of Donegal County Council and Joy Harron in particular through the Malin Waters initiative ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Pringle Calls on Minister to Address Unfair Fishing Penalty Point System Next Story Pringle Urges Minister to Grant Urgent Funding for Donegal Gaelscoil 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/08/19/pringle-td-and-cllr-john-campbell-welcome-the-cool-route-project/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Pringle Calls on Minister to Address ‘Unfair’ Fishing Penalty Point System – Thomas Pringle TD
    in the first place Danish authorities now refuse to add the penalty points to the vessel under those grounds explains Pringle The system is entirely unfair to Irish Vessels Donegal fishermen have had penalty points applied to their vessels but we see once again foreign fishermen getting away scot free The Common Fisheries Policy is supposed to be common but this case shows that other EU countries pick and choose what they want to implement claims Pringle Too often we have seen that the Irish authorities are the best Europeans in the class by over regulating Irish fishermen while other member states ignore the rules I have written to the Minister and raised the issue numerous times but have yet to hear anything back At the Agriculture Committee I asked the Minister how will enforcement including of landing obligations be handled in such situations given the fact that trawlers from Spain Belgium and other countries operate in Irish waters I also probed whether there will be enforcement for Irish and foreign vessels even if foreign governments pass it off says Pringle Minister Coveney made it clear that if authorities such as the Danish authorities do pass off penalty points the Commission is obliged to intervene as it must ensure fair treatment for everyone He further stated that if a trawler is breaking the rules and is due penalty points it should receive them The Minister asked for specific details on the Danish Vessel so he can follow up on it which I did If Minister Coveney wants to retain any credibility he has to ensure that the commission act on this issue or else cancel the penalty point system altogether concludes Pringle ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Pringle Cllr MacGiollaEasbuig Call for Restoration of Bunbeg Cliff Rescue Service Next

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/08/13/pringle-calls-on-minister-to-address-unfair-fishing-penalty-point-system/ (2016-02-16)
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