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  • Still No List of Schools to Benefit From Capital Plan – Thomas Pringle TD
    creation Home Dáil Questions Still No List of Schools to Benefit From Capital Plan Still No List of Schools to Benefit From Capital Plan By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 12th November 2015 Uimhir 222 Ceist Pharlaiminte Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha To the Minister for Education and Science To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when her Department will release the list of schools to receive funding from the Capital Spending Plan 2016 2021 as part of the programme to replace existing prefab school buildings with permanent classrooms and facilities and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 4th November 2015 Reference Number 38521 15 Freagra Minister Jan O Sullivan On 29th September 2015 I announced that significant capital funding will be invested in the education system through the Government s 27bn Capital Programme The intention is to replace all purchased prefabs with permanent accommodation over the lifetime of the programme Details of the schools are not available at this time Be Sociable Share Previous Story Schools as Polling Stations Disruptive to Students and Parents Next Story 101 Donegal Start Ups Supported Over 3 Years Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co Donegal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

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  • Schools as Polling Stations Disruptive to Students and Parents – Thomas Pringle TD
    are closed for the day and parents have to seek child minding arrangements as a result and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For ORAL answer on Thursday 5th November 2015 Ref No 38230 15 REPLY Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government Deputy Alan Kelly I refer to the reply to Question No 867 of 14 July 2015 which sets out the position in this matter R eturning O fficers are responsible for all matters in connection with the actual conduct of elections and referendums This includes in accordance with section 94 of the Electoral Act 1992 the provision of a sufficient number of polling stations conveniently distributed for the accommodation of the electors entitled to vote there Guidance issued to Returning Officers by my Department in advance of electoral events advises that when schools are used as polling stations every step should be taken to ensure that schools are not closed unnecessarily and that disruption of school work should be kept to a minimum The Guidance advises that where possible school halls should be used instead of classrooms and that voting compartments and other equipment should be fitted up and dismantled after school hours The Guidance also advises that it is open to returning officers to hire a hall or other premises if they consider it to be appropriate Electoral law provides that a returning officer may for the purposes of taking a poll and counting the votes use a school or any room in a school free of charge Be Sociable Share Previous Story Postal Votes Important for Workers in Fishing Industry Next Story Still No List of Schools to Benefit From Capital Plan Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name

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  • Postal Votes – Important for Workers in Fishing Industry – Thomas Pringle TD
    for many workers in the fishing industry and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For ORAL answer on Thursday 5th November 2015 Ref No 38231 15 REPLY Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government Deputy Alan Kelly Electoral law provides that a person who is entitled to vote at a Dáil election shall vote in person at a polling station allotted to him or her unless they are included in the postal voters list or in the special voters list for the constituency concerned While electoral law is subject to ongoing review I have no proposals at present to amend the existing arrangements for voting As regards deadlines for postal vote registration workers whose occupation is such that it takes them away from their residence on a regular basis for example those in the fishing industry and who consequently are unlikely to be able to vote in person on polling day may apply to their local authority for inclusion in the postal voters list The deadline for applying for inclusion as a postal voter in the register of electors to come into force on 15 February next year is 25 November 2015 If this deadline is missed a person can apply to get on the supplement to the postal voters list for that register by completing the relevant application form and submitting it to their registration authority As regards deadlines for casting a postal ballot postal voting papers are issued as soon as possible following the close of nominations in order to maximise the time available for voters to return their marked ballot papers to the Returning Officer so as to arrive by post before the close of poll on polling day Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Calls for Report on Seasonal Workers

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  • No Certainty over Rent Certainty Measures – Thomas Pringle TD
    outside Dublin was more subdued In the 12 months to the end of Q2 2015 rents were higher by 5 8 with house rents up by 5 8 and apartment rents higher by 5 9 A shortage of supply is at the heart of rising rents and the Government is addressing this on a number of fronts Construction 2020 A Strategy for a Renewed Construction Sector published last year is aimed at addressing issues in the property and construction sectors and ensuring that any bottlenecks that might impede the sector in meeting residential and non residential demand are addressed Social housing has been prioritised by this Government and over 1 7 billion in Exchequer and self funding was allocated to the Social Housing Strategy between the 2015 and 2016 budgets to support the provision of over 33 000 units The Government s Capital Plan goes beyond 2016 and commits 2 9 billion in capital funding towards social housing out to 2021 Ultimately the key to addressing upward pressure on rents is through increasing the supply of housing which is a core focus of the Government s Construction 2020 strategy In 2014 the number of house completions was 11 016 units nationally an increase of 33 on the 2013 figure The latest figures for new house completions show that 8 914 units were completed to the end of September 2015 up 14 on the corresponding figure for 2014 As announced in Budget 2016 N AMA is aiming to deliver a target of 20 000 residential units before the end of 2020 with 90 of these units to be in the greater Dublin area In addition to these measures I am continuing to work on proposals to address the issue of rising rents The price of rental property particularly in the greater

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  • Justice Dept Submits Refugee Working Group Report to Cabinet This Week – Thomas Pringle TD
    Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on the progress on the Working Groups recommendations when she expects her Department to finalise a report on the recommendations for consideration by the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy and Public Service Reform and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle REPLY The Report of the Working Group on the Protection Process which was published on 30 June 2015 contains 173 recommendations many of which have implications for a number of Government Departments and services The Government recommended when approving the publication of the Report that it should in the first instance be the subject of a detailed discussion at the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy and Public Service Reform The Committee held its first discussion on the Report on 13 July 2015 At this meeting the Committee agreed that my Department should prepare a report for the Cabinet Committee in conjunction with relevant Departments on the legal financial and practical implications of the Report s recommendations Relevant Departments were contacted seeking their views on the Report s recommendations asking them to identify any impacts and issues that may arise and timescales for implementation An analysis of the responses received has been carried out by my Department and a report in relation to the matter was submitted to the Cabinet Committee for consideration at its meeting on 2 November 2015 Be Sociable Share Previous Story Amended Spent Convictions Bill to Return to Dáil After UK Court of Appeal Judgement Next Story No Certainty over Rent Certainty Measures 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

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  • Amended Spent Convictions Bill to Return to Dáil After UK Court of Appeal Judgement – Thomas Pringle TD
    old are no longer disclosed This Administrative Filter already gives effect to the main provisions which I consider likely to be contained in the amended Act 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 person Where persons have been dealt with by a court in accordance with section 1 2 of the Probation Act these will be disclosed in all cases Section 1 2 relates solely to persons convicted on indictment D Offences in respect of which a person is charged but subsequently not prosecuted or acquitted Non convictions will be considered for disclosure where the circumstances of an offence gives rise to a bona fide concern that the person concerned may harm a child or vulnerable person This information will only be disclosed if the information is of such a nature that its disclosure is necessary proportionate and reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of children or vulnerable persons or both as the case may be The Garda Central Vetting Unit will make such decision in the context of The information concerned The relevance of the information to the type of work activity The source and reliability of the information The rights of the

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  • Regulatory Framework Restricting Credit Union Development – Thomas Pringle TD
    relation to the cap on members savings that the Central Bank is developing an application process for credit unions to apply to continue to hold member accounts with savings in excess of the 100 000 cap Credit unions will be provided with the relevant information before end 2015 Regarding lending restrictions placed on certain credit unions by the Central Bank the Registrar of Credit Unions announced a review of lending restrictions in February 2015 with a closing date for applications of 30 September 2015 The Central Bank has informed me that 59 of applications received have been reviewed Of the applications which have been fully reviewed 83 have had their lending restriction lifted and are now operating under the board s stated credit risk appetite As of this week c 40 of credit unions are now subject to a lending restriction The Central Bank has informed me that since 2010 it has received less than 10 applications for approval of additional services under sections 48 to 52 of the Credit Union Act 1997 These applications have all been received in recent months and are currently at a various stages of the approval process The Central Bank further informed me that it is open to working with the credit union sector to ensure that prudent and appropriate development can be facilitated within the regulatory framework In supporting the sustainable and prudent development of the sector the Central Bank is working to ensure that proposed changes to the business model are prudently structured and implemented To that effect the Central Bank has invited a number of interested parties in the credit union sector to participate in focused dialogue in November 2015 with a view to gaining a better understanding of how credit unions want to develop their business model and to identify changes that may be required to the regulatory framework to facilitate prudent development Commencement of all sections of the 2012 Act has been aligned with the credit union financial year and the introduction of the underpinning Central Bank regulations with a view to implementation of the 2012 Act in a coherent and cohesive manner The publication of the regulations marks another important step in the development of a strengthened regulatory framework for credit unions It is considered that these regulations combined with the commencement of the remaining sections of the 2012 Act and the prudential and governance requirements already in place provide an appropriate regulatory framework for the credit union sector at this time The provision of regulation making powers to the Central Bank on commencement of the remaining sections of the 2012 Act provides flexibility so that the Central Bank can in the future review and update the regulations as appropriate on a timely basis following consultation The Central Bank is keen to ensure that the regulations remain appropriate for the credit union sector and in the future where credit unions set out a clear path on how they wish to develop the Central Bank will consider any amendments

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  • On-Going Work of Independent Chairperson of Review on Maghaberry Issues – Thomas Pringle TD
    REPLY Prison issues in Northern Ireland in particular those affecting prisoners in separated accommodation regularly arise in my discussions with Northern Ireland Minister of Justice David Ford MLA and on non devolved matters with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers MP both of whom I meet on a regular basis in the context of the ongoing political Talks at Stormont I have written to Minister Ford and we have recently discussed the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Stocktake report In those contacts and those of my Department with the Northern Ireland Department of Justice and the Northern Ireland Office our strong emphasis is on the importance of building trust between separated prisoners and prison management in Maghaberry Prison Engagement with the Independent Chair of the Maghaberry Prison Forum is an important means of building such trust and has the potential to address many of the issues which have caused friction between staff and prisoners including those issues outstanding from the work of the Independent Assessment Team I am aware that the Deputy and other Oireachtas members have met with the Independent Chair and have had the opportunity to discuss those concerns with him directly My Officials are in regular contact with the Chair who has been working with both the prisoners and the staff side to agree an agenda I understand that the Northern Ireland Prison Service is prepared to engage fully and openly once the format has been agreed and the meetings are re established and that progress is being made I do not underestimate the challenges involved and further progress in this format will require the engagement of all parties in a spirit of openness and goodwill Be Sociable Share Previous Story 400 Additional Staff for TUSLA in 2016 Next Story Regulatory Framework

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