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  • ‘BUDGET FUNDING A WAGELESS RECOVERY,’ PRINGLE – Thomas Pringle TD
    is that the tax credit for water charges is for a bill up to a maximum of 500 which flies in the face of the government stating that the average water bill would be around 240 per year And what is equally disturbing is that low paid workers will not be able to avail of the tax credit or any social welfare support to pay for their water bill meaning that the low paid worker is suffering the most as usual Ultimately the better off are gaining from this budget with high earners benefiting up to three times more than a person on the minimum wage If this government was so concerned about the low paid like they keep telling us there would be no tax concessions at all and they could use that revenue to invest in capital programmes and create real jobs while making a positive contribution to the housing crisis While this government has raised the entry point for paying the USC the fact that there are over 20 of workers earning below 12 000 in the first place is an absolute disgrace and the government is therefore effectively institutionalising this wageless recovery when they should be offering real support to working people and not just talking about it Last but not least while this housing crisis is escalating on a daily basis the housing capital budget announced today is nothing more than a drop in the ocean delivering 6 700 houses by 2017 when back in the 1950s the State provided 7 000 per year All in all it s the usual stroke politics of tax cuts benefiting the better off in society when they had a real opportunity to do so much for those who have lost so much stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous

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  • Report of the HEA/DES/LYIT Working Group offers a solution to Killybegs Tourism College – Thomas Pringle TD
    to develop and become self sustaining I welcome the recommendations in the report and will happily work with the HEA to ensure that the funding can be secured to put the plan into operation The report reinforces what the people of the area and the staff of the Tourism College have known all along that this vital piece of infrastructure needs to be nurtured in order to develop to be a sustainable hub for the development of the entire region The report recommends that LYIT draw up an operational plan for the institute including the Killybegs Campus to include a number of recommendations including the development of a resource centre for seafood development a marketing plan for the college and closer working with the Education and Training Boards They also recommend that a voluntary redundancy scheme should be looked at LYIT in responding to the report have indicated that their preference is still to relocate to Letterkenny but are willing to work with the recommendations of the working group and have sought a meeting with the HEA to clarify the issues involved I believe that this process should give Killybegs the support it needs to develop and secure its future provided everyone engages fully in the process and I am calling on the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Skills to stay closely involved to make sure that LYIT delivers on the required steps to make this process work If the Killybegs campus is supported for the next 5 6 years it will have the space needed to become self sustaining I remain willing to assist in any way to help make this happen as I know are the people of Killybegs and the south west Donegal region Be Sociable Share Previous Story Newsletter Autumn Winter 2014

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  • Press Releases – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 12
    the news that a new bridge is PRINGLE CALLS FOR FIBRE BROADBAND FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD Thomas Pringle TD has called on the government to roll out fibre broadband to all households in the PRINGLE WELCOMES REPORT ON SUSTAINING RURAL COASTAL AND ISLAND COMMUNITIES Thomas Pringle TD has welcomed the report launched today on how rural coastal and island communities WATER SERVICES BILL A FARCE Thomas Pringle TD has today lashed out at how the government has dealt with the Water Services QUOTAS FOR NEXT YEAR NOT ENOUGH Thomas Pringle TD has today warned that the deal reached last night at the Fisheries Council on CHRISTMAS BONUS MUST BE RESTORED Thomas Pringle TD has today called for the Christmas Bonus to be restored to those who PRINGLE WELCOMES REPORT ON GROCERY SECTOR Thomas Pringle TD has today welcomed the report on the grocery goods sector published today be the BUDGET MAKES SAVAGE CUTS ON YOUNG AND OLD Thomas Pringle TD has today condemned the government s targeting of the old and the young in today s PRINGLE LAUNCHES BUDGET PROPOSAL WITH INDEPENDENTS Thomas Pringle TD has today launched a pre budget proposal Principles for a Fair and Progressive Approach with CLARITY NEEDED ON SNA ALLOCATION Thomas Pringle TD has criticised the Minister for Education for being unable to provide him with figures Page 12 of 23 First Previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 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

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  • PRINGLE WELCOMES CONSTRUCTIVE DEBATE ON DIRECT PROVISION – Thomas Pringle TD
    the system Frances Fitzgerald did not contribute to the debate It would have helped her to be here tonight to listen to the contributions of her party and Government colleagues across the board on the Direct Provision system and to hear what needs to change and the political support for that It has become clear to me over the last two nights of this debate that there is a political will to deal with this system and reform it to end direct provision While the Motion itself was defeated as the government has committed itself to awaiting the outcome of the working group it got all round support in terms of the individual contributions and is ultimately what I believe to be the only solution that will properly rectify this inhumane system The current policy is the result of a mind set within the Civil Service and is effectively institutional racism there is political support across the board to end it I know the Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is limited in what he can do in this area but he must now take the political support he has received tonight ram it down the throats of the civil servants and show them that there is the political will which they cannot hold back or resist any longer They have to change the system and do the humane thing because if they do not in ten or 15 years time another Taoiseach will be apologising on behalf of the people for what we all know is a system that cannot continue and that will go on destroying lives in the future if we allow it to The Minister should take the support he has received from all sides of the House this week and tell those back in the

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  • PRINGLE INITIATES DEBATE TO ABOLISH DIRECT PROVISION – Thomas Pringle TD
    the system the government has done little on the matter The Direct Provision working group which is being set up will not result in the reform that is required because they are being asked how to improve the current system when it s an alternative system that is actually needed For 14 years people from these centres have come to me desperate for assistance some of them there for over 10 years I know from their experiences and from my own experience in representing them that these centres are not fit for purpose effectively operating as open prisons Particularly I have concerns about the protection of children in these centres many of whom were born into this system and know no better What is needed is an alternative system that respects the human rights and basic needs of each individual and family for the duration of their stay a system which is efficient and transparent and allows asylum seekers to be productive in society not imprisoned living a life of degradation This government appears to think that the introduction of the single application procedure for protection will solve everything but the proposed legislation will have no impact on the thousands of asylum seekers who have been left waiting years for a decision on their status We have a responsibility as a nation and as a member of the Human Rights Council that when people come to our country looking for protection they are treated with the dignity and respect that should be afforded to all human beings living in the knowledge that they and their children will be safe for however long they remain in our country I am calling on the government to accept my Motion and introduce a strategy for the implementation of the new system and begin

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  • DIRECT PROVISION REVIEW IGNORING HEART OF ISSUE – Thomas Pringle TD
    already know so much about what s going on it s difficult to see it as anything other than a delaying tactic The refusal of Minister Fitzgerald to allow the possibility of asylum seekers being allowed to work to be even considered is in itself a manifestation of the xenophobic view of the asylum seeker that has led to these people living an institutional existence in the first place and only serves to solidify that ill informed perspective We are one of two EU states that doesn t allow asylum seekers to work but instead are given a measly 19 10 a week to get by the State Additionally while the Minister has stated the new single application procedure will be in place next year she seems to be forgetting that this will not apply to anyone who has already begun the process of applying for asylum in Ireland which is most current residents However what is most disheartening is that there is enough evidence for this government to act now and address these grave atrocities on human rights but instead it has decided to kowtow to a narrow minded sector of society and dither around the edges of this issue which unfortunately could result in the bare minimum being achieved I know that people are becoming increasingly sympathetic to the plight of those residing in direct provision centres due to the increased publicity on the issue I am also aware that numerous politicians from all parties know that substantive reform is required on this issue and that now is the time to act I am therefore calling on the Minister and also the new Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin who I am aware has a particular interest in this issue to step up to the plate and do

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  • LETTERKENNY GENERAL FLOODING A DISGRACE – Thomas Pringle TD
    driving job creation Home Press Releases LETTERKENNY GENERAL FLOODING A DISGRACE LETTERKENNY GENERAL FLOODING A DISGRACE By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 6th August 2014 Thomas Pringle TD has today condemned the occurrence of a second flooding in a year at Letterkenny General last night and has called for a full and thorough public inquiry into the matter For this to be happening a second time within a year is simply unacceptable While the flooding last night was not as bad as the last time it is not good enough for anyone to say that it was due to exceptional levels of rainfall The fact is over 43 million was spent following the flood damage last year and flood preventative measures were put in place in the aftermath so why is this happening I commend all those who took part in the rescue operation last night to prevent further damage however it should not have come to this It is vital that the current investigation leaves no stone unturned but I believe an independent inquiry is what is necessary so this matter can be resolved once and for all This must not be repeated again stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story BEEF CRISIS MUST BE ADDRESSED Next Story DIRECT PROVISION REVIEW IGNORING HEART OF ISSUE 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

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  • BEEF CRISIS MUST BE ADDRESSED – Thomas Pringle TD
    head when they sell their stock and small producers will never be able to secure fair prices from dominant processors This crisis affects 100 000 farms across the country with the most recent figures on farm income showing that the average farm income in the beef sector is around 11 000 When you compare that to the average income in the dairy sector of somewhere near 64 000 it highlights the extent of the crisis in the beef sector Beef farmers are left at the mercy of the processors for their income who through the marts keep the price at the levels that suit them I wonder whether an actual market is in existence in this country at all Additionally many small abattoirs over the last 15 years or so have been hounded out of business by the enforcement of increasingly stricter standards on them that have left them unable to continue to operate In one case that I know of personally a small butcher who had an abattoir where he used to slaughter his own cattle was forced to spend over 30 000 as it was at the time to upgrade his facilities Within months of reopening he was visited again and told that he would have to spend an additional 20 000 and at that stage he decided to give up and close his abattoir as it was not financially viable for him to continue This has happened to hundreds of small processors around the country and significantly the effect of this was that it has removed them from the marts bidding against the large processors for cattle It was a convenient way of getting rid of competition The Minister has convened a round table to discuss recent challenges but I wonder why such a softly softly course

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/06/30/beef-crisis-must-be-addressed/ (2016-02-16)
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