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  • Pringle Calls on Minister to Reverse Jobseeker’s Cuts – Thomas Pringle TD
    going problems seasonal workers are having in Donegal since changes were made to the Benefit in Budget 2012 I urged the Minister to reconsider extending Jobseeker s Benefit from 9 months to the original 12 months Since it was cut in 2012 s Budget it has caused a lot of problems for seasonal workers who view this payment as an important source of income explains Pringle Since the changes seasonal workers might not get Jobseeker s Benefit if they do not have enough qualifying contributions credits and might not get Jobseeker s Allowance as it s means tested I reminded the Minister it would only cost 33m to reverse the cut and another 6m to extend Jobseeker s from 6 to 9 months for those who have under 260 credits That s a total of 39m This sum pales against the Department of Social Protection s yearly budget of 20 billion I have met with Minister Humphreys and Department Officials before on this issue but was told the Department couldn t afford such a reversal Since I ve found out the cost of such a measure it is clear to me now that it s a nonsense justification What it would do is bring much more security to people in more precarious employment like seasonal work I urge the Minister to really consider this proposal in time for this year s Budget concludes Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Expert Group Future Skills Needs Courses for Fishermen Next Story Minister s Scripted Response to Disability Federation s Concerns Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co Donegal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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/05/27/pringle-calls-on-minister-to-reverse-jobseekers-cuts/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Dangerous Driving at Dunkineely National School – Children at Risk – Thomas Pringle TD
    crossing at Dunkineely NS on the N56 Pringle who has campaigned on this issue for the past 6 years since the traffic warden post was removed has received calls from distressed parents reporting near misses at the school Just today I received a call from a very worried parent who had witnessed two children nearly hit by a van that didn t stop at the red lights This driving is completely unacceptable and I fear if nothing is done about this there could be a serious injury to children or worse if it is not addressed says Pringle He continues the incident and others before it have been reported to the Gardai in Killybegs and I have written to the Council on this today However I have tried to bring this to the attention of the National Roads Authority and the Council but to no avail I have stressed the need for traffic calming measures to be introduced on both sides of the approaches It would simply mean the narrowing of the road with increased visible road signs along the way How long will it be before something serious happens I am not prepared to wait until then before something is done about this but the relevant authorities don t seem concerned enough to respond to my appeals concludes Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Introducing his Economic Social and Cultural Rights Bill 2014 Next Story IBRC s Residential Mortgage Portfolio value of your mortgage 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/05/21/dangerous-driving-at-dunkineely-national-school-children-at-risk/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Thomas Launches Anti-Austerity Bill – Thomas Pringle TD
    people s rights to housing social welfare education a decent wage and health care Pringle said while the Government spent endless funds and energy tackling an economic crisis we are now facing a social one There is a crisis in each sector a housing crisis a healthcare crisis and a work crisis We want to make sure the next Government whoever that ends up being cannot implement austerity like policies without protecting the fundamental rights of each individual If you can imagine for a county like Donegal facing hundreds of repossession cases in the courts the right to housing for example would mean the Government would have to draft a housing strategy and weigh it up against the right to housing It won t be the cure of all ills it won t mean the Government will have to buy everyone a house and bankrupt the country it means they will be more accountable in their policies ensuring that austerity policies will never target a specific sector or type of individual again It s worked in other countries like Portugal and South Africa and it hasn t bankrupted them The Labour Party tried to introduce similar bills in the past once while they were in Government so they have no excuse not to vote yes to mine tonight I look forward to hearing everyone s contribution this evening in the Dáil concludes Pringle ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Minister Coveney Open to Proposals on Fleet Sub Segmentation for Donegal Next Story Question Why Burden is Placed on GLAS Applicants 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2015/05/19/thomas-launches-anti-austerity-bill/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Press Releases – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 9
    this week on Direct Provision describing it PRINGLE INITIATES DEBATE TO ABOLISH DIRECT PROVISION Thomas Pringle TD has initiated a debate on the Direct Provision system to be held next week DIRECT PROVISION REVIEW IGNORING HEART OF ISSUE Thomas Pringle TD has today expressed disappointment at the scope of the review of the direct provision LETTERKENNY GENERAL FLOODING A DISGRACE Thomas Pringle TD has today condemned the occurrence of a second flooding in a year at Letterkenny BEEF CRISIS MUST BE ADDRESSED Thomas Pringle TD has highlighted the current crisis in the beef industry and has called on Minister PRINGLE CONFIRMS THREE YEAR LTI SCHEME REFUND Thomas Pringle TD has today confirmed the details of the Long Term Illness LTI Scheme refund but PRINGLE CALLS FOR COMPENSATION FOR STORM AFFECTED FISHERMEN Thomas Pringle TD has called for compensation to be made available for fishermen affected by storms and DIRECT PROVISION SYSTEM MUST END Thomas Pringle TD has today on World Refugee Day called for an end to the direct provision HIGH NATURE VALUE FARMING MUST BE RECOGNISED UNDER THE CAP Thomas Pringle TD has called for high nature value farming to be specifically recognised under the Common PRINGLE WELCOMES PRESCRIPTION REFUND FOR LTI MEDICAL CARD HOLDERS Thomas Pringle TD has welcomed the decision to reimburse the prescription charge to those who are on Page 9 of 23 First Previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 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/9/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Pringle fights to keep Donegal’s threatened fishing quotas – Thomas Pringle TD
    Fisheries Commissioner over plans to privatise Ireland s fishing quotas There are currently plans to allow companies to buy fishing quotas from individual fishermen for the next 15 years However Deputy Pringle says the move to introduce tradable quotas would be a disaster for the industry here in Donegal and across Ireland We are totally opposed to this If it is railroaded through then the Irish fishing industry will collapse It will allow Spanish and other EU fishermen to come in and simply buy up our quotas from individual fishermen for the next fifteen years That will mean lost jobs and a general erosion of our fleet he said Deputy Pringle as part of his role as a member of the Committee on Communications Natural Resources and Agriculture travelled to Brussels this week to meet with EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki The Killybegs based TD said he was satisfied with what he heard from Commissioner Damanaki but stressed that Ireland must fight to keep its quotas for itself England has already sold most of its quotas to Spain but Deputy Pringle said we should not go down that road It would appear that there is a softening stance and we must ensure that we continue to put pressure on the Minister The bottom line is that this is about protecting the very lifeblood of our fishing industry If we do not have quotas then we do not have a fishing industry here in Donegal and across Ireland he said Ends Be Sociable Share Previous Story Blood Tests Next Story Fishing Industry 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2011/10/20/pringle-fights-to-keep-donegals-threatened-fishing-quotas/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Blood Tests – Thomas Pringle TD
    Tweet Pin It Updated 24th May 2011 I have been contacted by my constituents informing me they have been charged for blood tests by their doctor I would like to clarify under the General Medical Services contract G P s should be providing blood tests when it forms part of the clinical investigation and necessary treatment of patient s symptoms or conditions free of charge to medical card and GP visit card holders I suggest if any patient is being charged by their GP s within the criteria can and should make a complaint to either my office or to the HSE Consumer Services Officer at 074 9189016 Be Sociable Share Previous Story Jobs Initiative Statement Next Story Pringle fights to keep Donegal s threatened fishing quotas 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2011/05/24/blood-tests/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Jobs Initiative Statement – Thomas Pringle TD
    of it and told the government no way Most of this jobs initiative could have been announced in a couple of press releases from the relevant departments There is not much need to take up a week of Dáil business to have statements on the minor adjustments in the plan There are revenue neutral stimulus plans that could have been included in this plan if the government were inclined Deputy Pringle raised the issue of the business plans for the fishery harbour centres in the Dáil a few weeks ago particularly in relation to my own town of Killybegs where the department of fisheries have large blocks of land lying idle Without any cost to the government these tracts of land can be utilised for investment purposes and contribute to job creation in unemployment black spots He also pointed out that there is no mention in the plan of rent reviews the upward only reviews that are crippling small business closing many of them down The state as a landlord operates upward only reviews as well Changing this policy would have real benefits for business and ensure that they can survive and grow It would also insure that this plan could have real impacts Another area where real jobs could be created the Deputy said is in the development of a wood for fuel industry which is indigenous We already produce enough wood to heat the entire country in fact we produce five times more wood than is necessary for this Utilising our forests and developing an indigenous industry incentivising homes and buildings to change over to wood for heat would in the long run offset over 2billion in imports of home heating oil The existing delivery systems can be changed over and adapt to the new fuel and create large amounts of jobs in rural areas harvesting wood instead of selling off the forests of Coillte they could be used to support this new industry This could also eventually stimulate the development of an indigenous industry in the boiler section of the provision of home heating equipment Deputy Pringle recognises that there are some positives in the plan of course The reduction in VAT for the tourism related industries will be of benefit and hopefully make spending bigger through increased tourist numbers The removal of the travel tax is also welcome as it made no sense anyway Although he said it is hard to see how the reduction in VAT for vending machines makes any contribution It will contribute to reductions in the cost of junk food in our schools that all seem to have vending machines in them this will only contribute to increased spend by our young people The jobs initiative as the government have outlined is a modest plan It will be very difficult to measure the success or otherwise of the plan because the Government have made sure that no jobs figures are in place to check the performance against It is a modest plan

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2011/05/13/jobs-initiative-statement/ (2016-02-16)
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  • EU-IMF Programme – Thomas Pringle TD
    the conditions have been largely met which confirms that it is the same deal The Government has rolled over Contrary to what was said during the election campaign the Government parties have not been able to negotiate a deal with better terms The Government can no longer blame Fianna Fáil or the previous Administration as it has done many times in the context of the bailout bank recapitalisation and austerity measures that were foisted on us in the deal they have made the deal its own through the publication of the programme I hope to see an end to the attribution of blame to the previous Administrations and that this Administration will take ownership and recognise that it is continuing with the failed policies of Fianna Fáil and the Green Party Under the terms of the deal the Government is making much of the fact that it has agreed to bring the minimum wage back up to 8 65 per hour The changes will be completely undone in budget 2012 and budget 2013 by changes in the tax bands and tax credit system for working people The effect of the increase in the minimum wage will be that people on lower wages will just pay extra taxes at the behest of the EU IMF and the Fine Gael and Labour parties The programme makes much of the changes in social welfare but what it really means is that there will be cuts in social welfare rates which will affect the most dependent people in the country those who have the most difficulty in surviving Their rates will be further reduced in the budget at the end of this year and in 2012 It is a continuation of the Fianna Fáil programme and the EU and IMF s punishment of this

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2011/05/10/eu-imf-programme/ (2016-02-16)
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