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  • Spent Convictions Bill to re-enter Committee Stage After 1 Year Hiatus – Thomas Pringle TD
    certain minor offences that are over 7 years old are no longer disclosed This Administrative Filter already gives effect to most of the main provisions likely to be contained in the amended Act I would point out that under the provisions of this filter well over 80 of all convictions will no longer be disclosed and these same provisions will also apply in regard to Spent Convictions I should also point out that these provisions are more generous than those currently in the Spent Convictions Bill as this Administrative Filter removes the limit on the number of minor motoring and minor public order convictions that can become spent Since such motoring and public order convictions account for a very high proportion of all convictions in the courts this will provide a considerably more generous provision in regard to spent convictions Although the Administrative Filter requires disclosure of all Circuit Court Convictions where a person is applying to work with children or vulnerable adults I should state that it is my intention that the Spent Convictions Bill will allow certain Circuit Court convictions to become spent for other purposes A copy of this Administrative Filter is attached Garda Vetting Procedures Administrative Filter In anticipation of the amendment and commencement of the National Vetting Bureau Act 2012 an administrative filter in respect of Garda Vetting Unit Disclosures will operate in accordance with the following procedural guidelines A Criminal Convictions to be disclosed in all cases 1 Offences Against the Person 2 Sexual Offences 3 Convictions on indictment B District Court Convictions which will not be disclosed 1 Motoring Offences District Court convictions for motoring offences will not be disclosed after 7 years even where more recent offences have been committed This is because it is considered that old minor motoring offences would not be relevant due to the passage of time 2 Minor Public Order Offences The following convictions under the Criminal Justice Public Order Act 1994 will not be disclosed if the offence is over 7 years old even where more recent offences have been committed Section 4 Intoxication Section 5 Disorderly conduct Section 6 Threatening abusive or insulting behaviour Section 7 Distribution or display of material which is offensive Section 8 Failure to comply with direction of Garda Section 9 Wilful obstruction 3 Other minor offences 1 Only District Court convictions for any other minor offence will not be disclosed after 7 years where the person has one such offence only excluding motoring or public order offences over 7 years old This provision does not apply to offences against the person or to sexual offences C Probation Act Provisions Where persons have been dealt with by a district court in accordance with the provisions of section 1 1 i or 1 1 ii of the Probation Act 1907 the offences will not be disclosed except in cases where the circumstances of the offence gives rise to a bona fide concern that the person concerned may harm a child or vulnerable

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  • No Changes for Habitual Residence Condition Anomalies – Thomas Pringle TD
    of the following factors the length and continuity of residence in Ireland or in any other particular country the length and purpose of any absence from Ireland the nature and pattern of employment the person s main centre of interest and the future intentions of the person as they appear from all of the circumstances In the light of the foregoing and following an examination of the operation of the habitual residence condition a number of legislative changes in the application of the provision were made in the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2014 These changes included the removal of the presumption that unless the contrary was shown persons were not habitually resident in the State if they had not been present for a continuous period of two years in the Common Travel Area consisting of this State the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man at the date of making the application for the particular scheme The continued inclusion of this provision was considered unnecessary as it was no longer a consideration in the decision making process relating to the habitual residence condition Returning emigrants who had previously been habitually resident in the State and who moved to live and work in another country including other parts of the Common Travel Area and then resume their long term residence in the State may be regarded as being habitually resident in the State immediately on their return to the State In addition arrangements are in place with Safe Home Ltd a registered charity to assist with the difficulty experienced by a minority of returning emigrants in demonstrating their intention to live in the State permanently for the purposes of satisfying the habitual residence condition It is open to anyone who is

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  • Smokey Coal Could Increase Fuel Costs – Thomas Pringle TD
    budget if her Department has factored in the increase to the cost of fuel due to the national ban on smokey coal and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For ORAL answer on Tuesday 17th November 2015 R E P L Y The fuel allowance scheme assists householders on long term welfare with meeting the costs of their heating needs during the winter season The allowance represents a contribution towards the energy costs of a household It is not intended to meet those costs in full Only one allowance is paid per household In order to qualify for the scheme a person must be in receipt of a qualifying payment from the Department live alone or only with one of a list of exempted persons and satisfy a means test In budget 2016 I announced an increase of 2 50 per week on the fuel allowance increasing the payment to 22 50 per week from January 2016 an increase of 12 5 This increase is expected to benefit 381 000 households who are in receipt of a long term Social Protection payment including pensioners people with disabilities lone parents and jobseekers When deciding to increase the weekly rate of fuel allowance consideration was given to the fact that the criteria for fuel allowance are framed in order to direct the limited resources available to my Department to those who are more vulnerable to energy poverty including those reliant on Social Protection payments for longer periods and who are unlikely to have additional resources of their own With regards to the national ban on smokey coal I am informed that research indicates that smokeless fuel is in fact significantly more energy efficient than such coal Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas s Amendments to Social Welfare

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  • Dáil Questions – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 7
    Needs in Free Pre School Year QUESTION NOS 712 713 DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Bunbeg Coast Guard Not a Designated Safety Provider for WAW Says Gov t Dáil Question No 35 To ask the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport if he will Gov t Says Tourist Facilities an Issue for Local Authority but Funding is Scarce Dáil Question No 27 To ask the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport if he is Regulatory Framework Question on Broadband Roll out To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources the regulatory oversight Raising HAP Rental Levels in Donegal Question No 7 To ask the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government if he will Raising Income Limits for Social Housing Applicants Question No 24 To ask the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government if he will Regulated Entities Will be Responsible for all Credit Agreements QUESTION NO 79 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Finance Deputy Michael Noonan by Deputy Thomas Farm Assist Scheme Under Ongoing Review Claims Minister Burton Question No 56 Ref No 29379 15 To the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection To ask the 1 458 Farm Assist Recipients in Donegal Question No 54 Ref No 29377 15 To the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection To Page 7 of 66 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

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  • Respite Care Name Change Could Take Respite Off the Agenda – Thomas Pringle TD
    R E P L Y The Government recognises the significant contribution that carers make to society and provide a range of income supports to assist with the financial burden of caring These supports include carer s allowance carer s benefit domiciliary care allowance and respite care grant which are administered by my Department Expenditure on carers has increased significantly in recent years and it is estimated that the overall expenditure for 2015 will be 822 million The provision of respite services for the recipients of care is a matter for the Health Service Executive However my department has since 1999 paid an annual respite care grant as an additional financial support to carers The intent of the grant is to support carers in their caring role and carers may use the grant in a manner that is appropriate to their needs The annual respite care payment is a single lump sum with no requirement to satisfy a means test There is no equivalent payment for carers in any other country in Europe This year it is estimated that in excess of 123m will be spent on approximately 90 000 grants I am pleased that I was in a position in Budget 2016 to increase the amount of the grant by 325 to 1 700 at an estimated cost of 30 million The name of the grant has also been changed to the carers support grant in recognition of its changing role Furthermore in the recent Budget I doubled the period for which the carer can retain payment following the death of the care recipient from 6 weeks to 12 weeks in recognition of the adjustment needed following the death of the person for whom they were caring I am also pleased to say that funding of up to 1 million

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  • Purpose of Govt’s Clearing House Group Not Transparent – Thomas Pringle TD
    if these submissions will be made public and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 17th November 2015 Ref Nos 40487 15 and 40488 15 the Dublin Artisan Dwelling Fund New Ground and Asset Backed Investment REPLY Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government Deputy Alan Kelly I propose to take Questions Nos 573 and 574 together While the Clearing Housing Group is currently in the process of concluding its work and will be bringing forward recommendations no final date has been set for interest ed groups to submit proposals Provisions applying in respect of the treatment and consideration of proposals are set out in the Protocol on engaging with proposers seeking to advance Social Housing Investment Delivery Proposals in the context of the Social Housing Strategy and in the template form for submitting proposals Assessment of Social Housing Investment Delivery Proposals copies of which are available on my Department s website at the following link http www environ ie en Publications DevelopmentandHousing Housing FileDownLoad 40899 en pdf In relation to the entities referred to the first entity is a component of a proposal submitted to the Clearing House Group by WK No w lan Property Ltd The second entity describes its mission as being to accelerate the development of social housing in partnership with Local Authoriti es and Approved Housing Bodies The third entity has indicated in its proposal to the Clearing House Group that it seeks to facilitate investment by pension funds Having regard to issues of commercial sensitivity in relation to the information provided it is not intended that proposals to the Clearing House Group would be published However it should be noted that both the protocol and assessment form provi de that among st other things

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  • No Increase in Refusal Rates to Carer’s Applications – Thomas Pringle TD
    from 2010 to 2014 and since the introduction of the Act in May 2015 Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Refusals 6 972 5 227 6 827 9 881 7 078 3 513 As a of processed applications 42 38 37 35 33 36 6 5 2015 to 31 10 2015 Change in the act only became effective from May 2015 Carer s allowance CA is a social assistance payment payable to a person who satisfies a means test and who is providing full time care and attention to a relevant person care recipient who has a disability such that they require that level of care Under the Social Welfare Acts every question concerning entitlement to CA including questions relating to the requirement of a care recipient for full time care is decided by a deciding officer DO The Social Welfare Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2015 inter alia changed the provision that the nature and extent of the person s disability be certified by a registered medical practitioner The reason for this was to remove any doubt as to the statutory role of the DO as deciding officer in relation to the requirement of a care recipient for full time care In order to determine the requirement of a care recipient for full time care the opinion of a medical assessor MA may be sought by the DO Where such an opinion is sought by the DO then s he shall have regard to that opinion in making their decision The DO weighs up all the evidence available including the opinion of the MA where sought in order to reach their decision It should be noted that where CA applications are refused it can be as a result of the applicant not satisfying any one of the relevant criteria and

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  • Thomas Asks Question on Social Welfare Coding – Thomas Pringle TD
    short term memory loss over controversial role as FF Minister for the Marine Biomass in Donegal Local supply and local demand driving job creation Home Dáil Questions Thomas Asks Question on Social Welfare Coding Thomas Asks Question on Social Welfare Coding By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 17th November 2015 Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Asks Question on Disappearance of Mary Boyle Next Story No funding for Gaelscoil Máistrí Until 2019 Despite Planning Permission 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 11 23 am HIGHLAND RADIO Pringle claims other alternative energy projects will benefit Donegal more February 11 2016 11 21 am Pringle reveals Pat The Cope s short term

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