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  • Pringle Welcomes Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Report – Thomas Pringle TD
    should be adhered to irrespective of changing circumstances Following the launch of the report this week Pringle stated I welcome a number of the recommendations in this report particularly those which address a clear and transparent fiscal and licensing regime which provides certainty for the State and industry alike as well as a clear and comprehensive process of public consultation beginning at the first substantive stage in offshore oil and gas exploitation The fact is that Ireland s offshore oil and gas exploration industry has operated with very limited success over the last 40 years While companies are awarded licenses for petroleum exploration and production the State owns its natural resources As such we in the Committee have made these recommendations in order to maximise the potential of hydrocarbon exploration for Irish citizens which would protect and develop these resources to the benefit of the people The Committee held a number of meetings in recent months for this report in which I fully participated whereby the diverse voices of key stakeholders in Ireland as well as Norwegian perspectives on the issue were heard Eleven recommendations have been put forward by the Committee in this report to maximise the potential of oil and gas exploration for Ireland which if implemented could prove to be very beneficial to the economy in the coming years In recent years the exploration developments off the West coast of Ireland have brought the workings of the industry to the forefront of the public mind It is now time for the Minister for Natural Resources to take on these recommendations with a view to legislating for the adequate protection and development of our natural resources something which has been seriously lacking to date stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Pringle Criticises Domiciliary Care Allowance System Next

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  • Pringle Criticises Domiciliary Care Allowance System – Thomas Pringle TD
    the amount of money paid to families by making them struggle through bureaucratic procedures Some of the most common queries raised at my constituency office are from parents who are applying for the Domiciliary Care Allowance They have spent the duration of their children s lives in a struggle to get services for their children and in many cases they have had to struggle to arrange diagnoses so that they can finally prove their children have problems which the system failed or refused to recognise It is disheartening to see the level of upset which these families experience in their constant fight to get services and entitlements The system should be reformed to ensure that families receive a fair hearing It should not be assumed that they are trying to defraud the State or get a benefit to which they are not entitled Families should not have to incur expenses in getting expert opinion when their Domiciliary Care Allowance comes up for renewal but should instead be provided as a matter of right with reports from the health care providers who are already dealing with their children That a departmental official could ask a family whether their child still has autism betrays a lack of understanding for what families are going through The Department needs to recognise that said Pringle I have attended oral hearings with families and it is heart rending to observe the upset that parents experience in trying to justify their application for support In fairness to the inspectors many of them are similarly upset because they cannot understand how the Department can make these decisions If it was transferred back to the Department of Health there might be greater empathy with applicants The Minister for Social Protection should change the system to ensure that families receive

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  • Pringle Outlines his Concern on Rural Job Creation – Thomas Pringle TD
    Creative Sector in the Western Region Future Growth Trajectories outlines the possibility of creating 20 000 jobs over the next 10 years within the area of creative industries This is something which warrants real attention in an economy that is looking for answers but has so far been ignored To date across the seven counties of Donegal Mayo Galway Leitrim Roscommon Clare and Sligo this sector reported total sales of 206 million in 2010 Exports for this sector are close to 57 million annually The destruction of families and communities in my home county of Donegal is a painful thing to see and is tearing apart the very fabric of our social capital Emigration is keeping the live register figures for Donegal down at just over 22k This report is the only feasible option that this Government has to reduce unemployment in the Northwest Currently the focus is entirely on FDI and ignores the potential of the domestic economy and the urgency for the domestic economy to be supported This approach must change if the Government is serious about rural job creation and preventing further mass emigration which is decimating the rural landscape stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Pringle Expresses Outrage at Government s Negative Campaigning on Referendum Next Story Pringle Criticises Domiciliary Care Allowance System One Comment Emmet Travers bundoran 14th May 2012 at 1 02 pm Travers plumbing is now operating on a reduced basis having shed almost 30 jobs consisting of qualified men office workers and apprentices as owner I put all employees through fas and solar gas courses etc Allthough still VAT registered and tax compliant I have been informed to get on an up and coming gas course which is now legally required I have to pay 900 euros Fas have advised me

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  • Pringle Expresses Outrage at Government’s Negative Campaigning on Referendum – Thomas Pringle TD
    the EFSF funding will not be available why then did European heads of state in a statement on March 30 th state that any member state in a programme will be funded up to the point that they can return to the markets Applications for this funding can be made until the end of June 2013 this is where Ireland is currently getting its funding from and therefore will not be considered a new applicant when the ESM is due to take effect so we will not be subject to its conditionality for future funding Michael Noonan has said himself that there is a commitment that European authorities will continue to supply countries that are in programmes with money even when the programme is concluded providing they fulfil the conditions of that programme This situation has not changed the Government would just like us to think that it has in order for this Treaty to be passed The fact is that regardless of the Treaty vote Ireland is guaranteed funding under the current programme as long as it meets its targets A Yes or No vote will not change this said Pringle The Government is scaremongering the people of Ireland into voting Yes by making threats which are simply untrue It certainly says a lot when these bully boy tactics are what is being resorted to in an attempt to get this referendum passed Regardless of the outcome of this referendum the people deserve to know the truth about our funding situation something which the Government has so far denied us Ireland will not fall into a black hole of funding uncertainty if people decide to vote No In fact the uncertainty lies if we become subject to the dire fiscal regulations of the Treaty stated Pringle Be Sociable Share

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  • Pringle issues legal proceedings against the Gov on ESM Treaty – Thomas Pringle TD
    The Treaty on Stability Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union signed on 2nd March 2012 is intertwined with the ESM Treaty They each depend on the other If I am right in my belief that the ESM Treaty is unlawful then there is in my opinion a question over the validity of the Treaty on Stability Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union Pringle states that he appreciates and welcomes the Government s decision to submit the issue of the Fiscal Treaty to the people by way of referendum but he has concerns that due to the intense pressures on Government at this time the need to put the amendment to the EU treaties and the ESM Treaty to a referendum may not yet have been fully scrutinised In order to assist in that scrutiny he is seeking particular judicial review in these proceedings Be Sociable Share Previous Story HSE failing pain sufferers Pringle Next Story Pringle Expresses Outrage at Government s Negative Campaigning on Referendum 21 Comments Gordon Lucas 17th April 2012 at 1 09 pm Fair Play to you Really pleased to see some constructive opposition to the subverting of our democracy by the state the EU institutions I hope you get positive treatment by the media and more importantly I hope the court find the treaty to be unlawful If you were in my constituency I d be voting for you next time angela connoly 17th April 2012 at 3 02 pm fair play to you thomas way to go i hope you prove to those so called advisors up there thats costing this country millions that they dont know all they know nothing if past records are anything to go by so well done you pity there are not more men in this country like yourself Joseph Cunningham 17th April 2012 at 3 42 pm Thank you Thomas for being a very concerned citizen and indeed an elected Public Servant Thomas what I cannot understand is that our Government along with other Eurozone Countries back in July 2011 negotiated this ESM European Stability Mechanism Fund Ireland s Share will cost us over 11 000 000 00 on demand to help contain any other Contagion that will affect the Euro Currency My question why is it costing Ireland almost 320 000 000 00 Billion in total from September 2008 to pay for all of Ireland s Debt from Secured and Unsecured Bondholders Government Debt and that is including absorbent high interest rates from the ECB When this contagion started and now since last July 2011 Eurozone Countries all decided that only over 11 000 00 will suffice this time round Why was this not decided back in September 2008 instead of 320 000 000 00 It is mind boggling Best wishes in your endeavour Joe Grainne 17th April 2012 at 3 54 pm Well done Thomas and many thanks from this Citezin Maria Bennett 17th April 2012 at 3 56 pm Well

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  • HSE failing pain sufferers – Pringle – Thomas Pringle TD
    being used as pawns in this on going battle for funding between the hospitals and the HSE St Vincent s has been instructed by the HSE to stop treating patients outside their catchment area and the hospital can no longer afford to treat patients such as Thomas The hospital is operating on a deficit of over 7 million for this year and cannot treat any extra patients outside its catchment The HSE has always refused to compensate St Vincent s for treating patients from the rest of the country and this case shows how this has been brought to a head A former cancer sufferer who as a result of his illness suffers from chronic pain is forced onto the airwaves to try and continue the treatment he so vitally needs Surely patients like Thomas have suffered enough and are under enough stress without having to wonder where they will get their treatment from The HSE will have to pay for them to be treated anyway and it would be better that they continue to be treated where they are familiar with the staff and comfortable with the help that they are getting Be Sociable Share Previous Story Oireachtas Marine Committee attends CFP conference in Brussels Next Story Pringle issues legal proceedings against the Gov on ESM Treaty One Comment Brigid 11th April 2012 at 9 29 pm Hi I am very interested in pursuing the unacceptable decision to stop St Vincent s seeing patients for pain management outside their catchment area I expect the man from Donegal needs the expertise of StV s If they can no longer see him is the HSE willing to provide treatment abroad I am in contact with others who attend St Vincent s for pain management which has proven to be very effective

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  • Oireachtas Marine Committee attends CFP conference in Brussels. – Thomas Pringle TD
    The conference was organised to hear the views of the national parliaments of the EU on the reforms proposed This is the first time that the review of the CFP will be decided by co decision between the Parliament and the Commission This means that the Parliament will be very keen to stamp its authority on the proposal and hopefully will mean that the views of national parliaments are fully heard during the consultation processes The committee strongly expressed the opposition of the Oireachtas to the privatisation of quotas proposed by the commission and the need to ensure that the proposals on discarding are modified to reflect the need to include technical measures to ensure that the catching of unwanted fish is minimised Speaking on the European Maritime and Fishery Fund measure I emphasised the need to ensure that funding is provided to improve safety measures in our fleet and that the view of the committee that funding should be available for fishermen in times of crisis should also be available for crew members I also proposed that the fund should have funding to assist communities that have suffered job losses through fleet rationalisation and modernisation in the processing sector this funding should be targeted through local authorities or community partnerships to ensure that it targets communities directly The review of the CFP is continuing and the Fisheries Committee are due to finalise their deliberations in September it will be interesting to see how the co decision requirement will work out in practice and I hope that it will be of benefit to our fishing communities ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas welcomes the referendum on the Fiscal Compact Next Story HSE failing pain sufferers Pringle One Comment Pingback Ask Leinster House News from Irish Poilitics About admin Contact

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  • Thomas welcomes the referendum on the Fiscal Compact – Thomas Pringle TD
    ofIrelandshould have their right to a referendum recognised as the Irish Constitution states Democracy is founded in the rights of the people and the decision today facilitates the fundamentals of a functioning democracy Pringle stated that the referendum debate should be one that is fair accountable and reasoned saying all politicians and parties should avoid scaremongering and the politics of fear in their efforts to sway public opinion one way or the other and instead ensure that a mature and rational debate take place on the implications of the Treaty for the future of the State and its people The compact agreed at special EU summit last month proposes tough new budgetary discipline on each euro zone state including near zero public deficits Twenty five of the European Union s 27 countries have signed up to the new treaty with onlyBritainand theCzechRepublicopposed Deputy Pringle posed a question to government on the question of will the Government accept the outcome Or if we have a NO vote are we going to go through the previous re runs when European referendums were rejected Stating the government should commit publicly to taking the will of the people on the first result Irish voters rejected the Nice referendum in 2001 It was passed following a re run in October 2002 The Lisbonreferendum was rejected in 2008 before being passed a year later after Irelandsecured a number of concessions Last week Germany s minister for European Affairs Michael Link confirmed that European Union negotiators sought to design the fiscal compact in such a way to avoid a referendum inIreland Be Sociable Share Previous Story My expenses for Constituency Office and Leader s Allowance for 2011 Next Story Oireachtas Marine Committee attends CFP conference in Brussels About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge

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