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  • PRINGLE CONFIRMS THREE YEAR LTI SCHEME REFUND – Thomas Pringle TD
    that those who are on the LTI Scheme and are also medical card holders that were wrongly paying the prescription charge will be refunded from October 2010 to the end of November 2013 This letter was a follow up from Minister White regarding questions I raised with him in the Dáil this week regarding the LTI Scheme where I urged the Minister to extend this refund period back to 2010 when the prescription charge was introduced and these people were wrongly being charged for it This was while people on the scheme with no medical card were receiving their prescriptions at no cost But I m also aware of instances where people have had their LTI book revoked because they had a medical card and this requires investigation As this refund covers a three year period I am calling on the Minister to ensure that these people are at the very least refunded for the time they were on the LTI Scheme and medical card holders There are also many people with long term illnesses that are not eligible for this scheme as well as the many that are above the means test for a medical card but have an illness that is a financial strain on them and an unwanted additional concern While I welcome the decision that has been made it is vital that this refund is done in a timely fashion for all those entitled to it But ultimately we need a system whereby all people with serious illnesses are entitled to a medical card and this is something that I will continue to fight for stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE CALLS FOR COMPENSATION FOR STORM AFFECTED FISHERMEN Next Story BEEF CRISIS MUST BE ADDRESSED About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/06/27/pringle-confirms-three-year-lti-scheme-refund/ (2016-02-16)
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  • PRINGLE CALLS FOR COMPENSATION FOR STORM AFFECTED FISHERMEN – Thomas Pringle TD
    Dáil with Minister of State Tom Hayes recently which arises from the storms that devastated the country in the early part of this year and badly affected inshore fishermen For at least three months they were unable to go to sea and this had a significantly negative impact on them The Oireachtas Committee on Fisheries of which I am a member has written to the Minister asking that such provision be included in the operational programme of the EMFF It is interesting to note that of the 147 of this funding to do us until 2020 approximately 72 million will be spent on data collection and enforcement In reality this means only around 70 million of that will go towards investment in the growth of the seafood sector I am sad to say that I do not hold out much hope that Minister Coveney will include any provisions in the operational programme to support fishermen In fact I was informed that a mutual fund to be established by fishermen themselves was being looked at which is far from what is needed here The financial constraints under which the country is operating was something which Minister Hayes raised with me but EU money is available to support fishermen albeit with the requirement for matching funding Supporting fishermen with such funding would cost a lot less than if the government was to provide funding on its own and it is therefore vital that the Minister acknowledges this and provides supports for fishermen who were affected by the storms which plagued this country and which could be repeated in the future stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story DIRECT PROVISION SYSTEM MUST END Next Story PRINGLE CONFIRMS THREE YEAR LTI SCHEME REFUND About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/06/23/pringle-calls-for-compensation-for-storm-affected-fishermen/ (2016-02-16)
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  • DIRECT PROVISION SYSTEM MUST END – Thomas Pringle TD
    I think of the 4 353 asylum seekers here in Ireland that are living in the 34 direct provision accommodation centres across the country in inhumane conditions not fit for the 21 st Century this must end 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 by any means 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 here is an alternative that is both humane and cost effective whereby these people are enabled to be productive in society not imprisoned living a life of degradation This government appears to think that the introduction of the single procedure for asylum seekers will solve everything but they are missing the point We know too well how such incidents of inhumane treatment can come back to haunt us and this government should know better One aspect of examining and learning from our past is to ensure that the same mistakes are never repeated But at this very moment there are thousands of men women and children living in deplorable conditions in our country and nothing is being done about it Before we can credibly point the finger at those who mistreated mothers and children in decades gone by we must actively address what s going on right now in our society because if we don t we re proving that nothing s changed at all in how we treat others stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story HIGH NATURE VALUE FARMING MUST BE RECOGNISED UNDER THE CAP Next Story PRINGLE

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/06/20/direct-provision-system-must-end/ (2016-02-16)
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  • HIGH NATURE VALUE FARMING MUST BE RECOGNISED UNDER THE CAP – Thomas Pringle TD
    in the Dáil with Minister Hayes yesterday as high nature value farming is particularly important to the North West where the most low impact farming will take place and it is important that measures are introduced to support it The farmers in the North West need a scheme that is more focused on them and which provides additional funding for them recognising the difficulty in maintaining farm incomes in their area and the value that accrues for the State in general from preserving the environment and biodiversity It is vital that GLAS the new agri environment scheme recognises that and be directed towards high nature value farming or farming on marginal farms which are in the North West While the scheme will target 50 000 farmers it will be nationally based and therefore too broad that is why GLAS needs to be pitched more towards these types of farmers so that they can receive the maximum amount of funding As this stands now the maximum annual payment through GLAS would be approximately 5 000 which is similar to the payment under the Agri Environment Options Scheme AEOS If the matter is dealt with in this blanket way as proposed it will not recognise the value of high nature value farming to the State and that would be a real shame I would urge the Minister to take these points into serious consideration and reflect on how we can use this scheme to support those farms which would benefit from it the most stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE WELCOMES PRESCRIPTION REFUND FOR LTI MEDICAL CARD HOLDERS Next Story DIRECT PROVISION SYSTEM MUST END 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/06/20/high-nature-value-farming-must-be-recognised-under-the-cap/ (2016-02-16)
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  • 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 the Long Term Illness LTI Scheme and had a medical card but had to pay this charge to receive their medication I had been contacted by constituents who were a part of this scheme but because they also had a medical card this meant they had to pay the prescription charge which can add up to a lot for those that have medical conditions This was a very unfair situation as these people were effectively being punished for having a medical card I contacted the Minister for Health about this and the HSE revised its policy on this matter which has led to the decision to refund any cost incurred prior to 1st December 2013 to affected individuals Up until recently only those on the scheme that didn t have a medical card did not pay the prescription charge while those on the scheme who were also medical card holders did which defeated the purpose of being on the scheme in the first place The HSE is currently in the process of identifying those who are entitled to this refund of their prescription charge I am glad that the HSE has seen sense on this matter and that the affected people will get a refund going back to before last December stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story SEAFOOD FUNDING NOT ENOUGH TO SUPPORT THRIVING INDUSTRY Next Story HIGH NATURE VALUE FARMING MUST BE RECOGNISED UNDER THE CAP 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/06/16/pringle-welcomes-prescription-refund-for-lti-medical-card-holders/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Press Releases – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 13
    of 12 Community Welfare Service Clinics in PRINGLE WELCOMES RECOMMENDATIONS ON SELF EMPLOYED Thomas Pringle TD has today welcomed the recommendations in an expert report to extend the benefits payable AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR OVER PAPERLESS BILLIING NOT ACCEPTABLE Thomas Pringle TD has today reacted to reports of Irish telecommunications companies pressuring people to move to SUSI DEADLINE THIS THURSDAY I would like to remind all students applying or intending to apply for a SUSI grant to PRINGLE RAISES CONCERNS ON JOB CREATION CLAIM Thomas Pringle TD has today raised concerns regarding the claim that 32 new jobs will be created PRINGLE WELCOMES GROUP B SEWERAGE SCHEME GOING TO TENDER Thomas Pringle TD has welcomed the announcement that the Donegal bay waste water group B is going PRINGLE WELCOMES RECOMMENDATIONS ON SAFEGUARDING COMMONAGE LANDS Thomas Pringle TD has today welcomed the Agriculture Committee s report recommending urgent policy actions to safeguard and PRINGLE WELCOMES BILL ON DOWN SYNDROME Thomas Pringle TD has today welcomed the Bill introduced today which would give recognition to Down Syndrome PRINGLE WELCOMES FISHERMEN SAFETY PLAN Thomas Pringle TD has welcomed the launch of a major safety plan for Ireland s fishermen in a PRINGLE CALLS FOR FURTHER INCLUSION IN RURAL HACKNEY SERVICE Thomas Pringle TD has expressed concerns regarding the recent proposal for a rural hackney service insisting that Page 13 of 23 First Previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/category/press/page/13/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Fishing Industry – Thomas Pringle TD
    jobs for every fisherman at sea There is a potential to grow the numbers employed in shore based industries by five times and by adding value and exporting those products There is no reason in the world why we should export frozen fillets and whole fish to Germany so they can be processed in German factories and sold to the German people We should be processing the fish here in places such as Killybegs Castletownbere Rossaveal Greencastle and Burtonport Exporting the finished product which would result in an economic and jobs boost Food Harvest 2020 shows how we could make significant gains One wonders what the western seaboard of Ireland would look like if we landed the fish that is taken out of our waters and brought to other EU ports This has significant potential for communities along the west coast This is one of the great tragedies of our fishing industry and its development apart from the Common Fisheries Policy which has been the greatest crime inflicted on the Irish people by theEuropean Union Food Harvest 2020 provides huge opportunities for growth in employment in the food and export sectors With more than 139 000 people employed in the production of agrifood and fisheries products the sector represents 7 5 of national employment Adding value to fish is the only way to go particularly as the impact of the EU quotas is experienced and with the reductions in the amount of fish which the Irish fleet is entitled to land Be Sociable Share Previous Story Pringle fights to keep Donegal s threatened fishing quotas Next Story Deputy Thomas Pringle will Protect Children s Rights in Donegal About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co Donegal 074 97 41880 thomas pringle oir ie Latest News

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2011/10/26/fishing-industry/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Increase in Health Insurance Levy shows folly of private health system – Thomas Pringle TD
    of last year At that time they said it was only 0 6 and that the pension companies would not pass it on It now turns out that many pensioners have seen their pensions reduced by over 10 said Pringle There is over 1 9billion paid in health insurance premiums in this country by people who are afraid that they will not be treated in the system if they do not have insurance I have to wonder what the health system would be like if this money was invested in the health services and not in the profits of private health insurers instead Investing 1 9billion annually in Hospitals and Primary Care would totally transform the health services in this country continued Pringle What we need in this country is a Universal Health Care system where people are treated regardless of ability to pay Not Universal Health Insurance that will privatise the health services that we depend on concluded Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Opposition Mounts and Government Reacts Next Story Legislation needed to change the way Inland Fisheries Ireland issues licenses Pringle 2 Comments Brid Mc Laughlin 12th January 2012 at 11 07 am Hi Thomas Its John from JML Just got my health insurance quote for myself Brid and 3 children at home Last year it was 2310 00 and this year its coming in at 2812 60 an increase of 502 60 or 22 So much for not passing it on wish it was that easy for me admin 25th January 2012 at 4 24 pm Hi Brid Sorry about the delay in replying The government think that they can fool people by telling them that they do not want the companies to pass on the increases but in reality they will do nothing to stop

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2012/01/06/increase-in-health-insurance-levy-shows-folly-of-private-health-system/ (2016-02-16)
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