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  • Industrial Relations (Amendment) (No.3) Bill 2011: Second Stage (Resumed) – Thomas Pringle TD
    of pay by a reasonable amount having regard to all the circumstances granting the employee reasonable paid time off work having regard to all the circumstances or providing for a combination of two or more of these measures These provisions do not give workers sufficient consideration as they place the burden of enforcement on the worker In many cases workers who work on a Sunday have no choice and the payment of a premium has compensated them for the inconvenience and loss of family time Many families on low incomes are affected and must work on Sundays Sunday is still a very important family day and should be recognised as such with the payment of a premium With children at school the times families get to spend together are limited and having to work on Sundays places a heavy burden on many families The provisions in the Organisation of Working Time Act which are intended to ensure compensation for Sunday working leave a lot of scope for employers to abuse their position and do not give workers enough protection Even today many workers do not believe they can stand up to employers and must put up with what is on offer to them The protection of the JLCs is vitally important to ensure that premium is maintained and that having to work on a Sunday is recognised The Bill also provides that employers can claim inability to pay and receive a derogation from the provisions of the Act This must be carefully policed to ensure employers do not abuse it If a company has a genuine difficulty there should be scope for it in discussion with its workers to reach an agreement However it must fully disclose information to its workers and get their voluntary agreement Most workers are loyal to their employment and have a vested interest in ensuring the company stays viable I have no problem with workers in any company agreeing with management a system of working which could for a period of time allow them to accept lower wages to keep the company going but it must be done in a spirit of complete partnership and equality and with the employer disclosing all the information to the workers No worker wishes to see a company go out of business and joining the dole queue if he or she can contribute to the success of the business Loyalty is a very important factor for workers and there is still huge loyalty among workers to their companies Section 13 gives power to workers or trade unions to apply to the Circuit Court to enforce an agreement It states that no evidence will be taken from the employer and that the judge will make a decision This places too high a burden on workers Naturally working people will be reluctant to go to court There is a fear among people that courts are not places to which they wish to go The whole judicial system is seen as elitist

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  • Special Educational Needs: Motion – Thomas Pringle TD
    record in democratic politics particularly in the area of education The loss of 486 posts in DEIS schools the loss of 700 guidance counsellors whereby schools will have to decide between subjects and guidance the increase in enrolment numbers required to retain teachers in small schools throughout the country which will force the amalgamation and closure of schools because the Minister did not complete his review because of opposition to it last year and the removal of the modern languages in primary schools initiative show the mean spiritedness and lack of honour in the cuts implemented in the budget The cuts show a lack of concern for the education of our young people and the impact they will have and the contribution they will make in the future They make a mockery of the Government s claim that an educated workforce will make a difference to our recovery from the recession we are in at present They show a lack of concern for pupils parents teachers and communities throughout the country which will suffer under these cuts The devastation in communities when small schools will close will be untold and will shake the confidence of these communities The role of the Government should be to enhance and build education and grow young people so they can contribute to society I do not see how any of these cuts will contribute to this It is a sad reflection and shows a lack of honour with regard to the contribution education can make to society I urge the Minister to ensure the DEIS schools are protected and to look after guidance counselling It is only then that we can grow the economy out of this continuing austerity Continuing to make cuts will not protect our children and will not grow the economy

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  • Social Welfare Bill 2011: Second Stage – Thomas Pringle TD
    poor families Anyone can tell the Minister that larger families are mainly poorer families The Minister referred to Fianna Fáil picking off low lying fruit but this is one of the lowest lying The complete refusal even to contemplate a way to target high earners for reductions in child benefit something that none of us would have had a problem with shows clearly where the Government s sympathies lie Increasing the contribution of tenants on rent supplement hits them directly and lets landlords off the hook The introduction of minimum rental levels a few years ago has created a black market for landlords where in order to get rent supplement tenants must make off the book payments to landlords to be able to find somewhere to live A bit like King Canute the Minister has tried to shorten winter by cutting six weeks from the fuel allowance Each year almost 2 000 elderly people die from winter related illnesses and this cut sadly will lead to an increased number of deaths among people who will not be able to heat their homes This is not my opinion alone as the Institute of Public Health IPH has estimated that 70 of the additional winter mortalities from cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses occurs in the poorest socio economic groups I have received calls from elderly people who have told me that they would be turning off their heating because they were afraid that they would not be able to afford it Increasing the income assessed from fishing and farming for farm assist and jobseeker s allowance is a further regressive cut that will affect more than 5 000 people living in the most neglected areas in the country where there are no other employment options Changing means testing to include income from home support attacks the poorest The Department explains this by claiming that home support is now a well paid job This shows how dysfunctional the Government is It would not take long for the Minister to find out that hundreds of thousands of hours of home support have been slashed by the HSE in the past two years Many home support workers only work a half hour per day without any assistance towards their travel Their incomes will be slashed on the double The Government had choices It chose to target lone parents young people with disabilities people in fuel poverty widows and widowers It chose to hit poor families by more than Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen s pension cut It chose to give its members advisers 35 000 pay rises and it chose not to tax high earners It has chosen to widen inequality in our society The Social Welfare Bill is only implementing some of the cuts with another Bill to appear before the House in the new year The latter will savage part time workers and reinforce the inequality that the Government is forcing on us The full impact of changing jobseeker s allowance to a five

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  • European Summit: Motion – Thomas Pringle TD
    conscious of its power while exercising modesty and discretion in its comportment to avoid provoking resistance That is a dangerous precedent If passed this motion gives the Taoiseach a clear mandate from the democratic Parliament of the Irish people to go to Europe and state clearly where the Irish people stand on the proposals for the creation of a fiscal union basically forming a federalised super state dominated by Germany with the French hanging on to the coat tails trying to look like they are relevant The Taoiseach has to defend Irish sovereignty at the summit at the weekend It is not enough to go there and meekly take what is dished out by Merkozy Looking for concessions on bailout interest rates or coming back Neville Chamberlain like waving no increase in corporation tax in the air will not cut it at this week s summit In his state of the nation address the Taoiseach invoked the treaty of 1921 as his model of independence If he comes back from Brussels with a federal fiscal union then he will be the Taoiseach that will have made Ireland a province once again Deputy Thomas Pringle On a point of order Standing Order 53 states that an amendment to a motion cannot be a direct negative of that motion I believe the Government s amendment is a direct negative of the motion tabled by Deputy Ross on behalf of the Technical Group I ask that the Leas Cheann Comhairle in line with Standing Order 53 rule the Government s amendment out of order An Leas Cheann Comhairle My only function in this matter is to call on the Tánaiste to move the amendment Deputy Thomas Pringle The Chair must implement Standing Orders An Leas Cheann Comhairle I understand that Deputy Thomas Pringle Standing Order 53 clearly states that an amendment cannot be a direct negative of a motion An Leas Cheann Comhairle Deputy Ross moved the motion It is normal practice for another person to move an amendment to a motion It is normal for the Government to move an amendment to a Private Members motion Deputy Thomas Pringle The amendment cannot be a direct negative of the motion Standing Order 53 clearly states that the amendment must speak to the motion Deputy Eamon Gilmore It is not a direct negative it is a restatement An Leas Cheann Comhairle My information is that the amendment is not a direct negative of the motion Deputy Thomas Pringle Any reading of it would indicate it is An Leas Cheann Comhairle The Government is entitled to move its amendment as is normal practice every week in response to a Private Members motion Deputy Thomas Pringle An amendment can only be moved in line with Standing Orders Be Sociable Share Previous Story Financial Resolution No 13 General Resumed Next Story Social Welfare Bill 2011 Second Stage 5 Comments crofton steam mop 5th January 2012 at 2 24 am Are you serious I am not so sure

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  • Financial Resolution No. 13: General (Resumed) – Thomas Pringle TD
    This comes with an increase on school travel and the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government Deputy Phil Hogan s 100 household charge It is all disgraceful Cuts to the fuel allowance and reducing the winter time period are an absolute disgrace The Government is saying that people may freeze rather than burn the bondholders Yesterday a book of grievance was delivered to Leinster House from the Kilbarrack community development project an after school children s project It is part of the community and voluntary sector s nationwide campaign Seven children came up to the Dáil gates representing 63 families These are two comments from the book Not a lot of people have money and they have no jobs said Jodie aged eight We cannot afford to write Santa a letter my Mam lost her job as an SNA said Lauren Carroll also aged eight These are the people whom this budget is directly affecting With no increase of tax on high earners the Government s own 100 000 plus advisers will not take any pro rata burden sharing The proposed cut to disability payments was a slur and an insult to human rights I recognise that the Minister is now indicating that this measure will be withdrawn but it beggars belief that it would even get in there in the first place This was a headline cut Parents with adult children in third level education will be brought to the edge with fee increases and a reduction in the maintenance grant of 3 Abolishing foreign language teaching in schools when we need it most is especially ill thought out and regressive Now more than ever we need people to be able to talk to Sarkozy and Merkel in their languages How do we expect to produce graduates by attacking students and cutting guidance counsellors in schools This beggars belief This budget will create unemployment Between 15 000 and 20 000 jobs will be taken out of the economy due to the end of capital investment projects Some 6 000 public sector jobs will also be gone That is an estimated 20 000 plus extra people on social welfare at least The rebuttal of duty in opting out of rent reviews has been cowardly This is a huge issue but the Government opted out and put it into NAMA which is the new bogeyman in Ireland In conversation did the Ministers Deputies Noonan and Shatter consider how to get rid of the local butcher baker and candlestick maker who cannot afford the rents anymore Did they stick them into NAMA so that nobody would know what to do Businesses and livelihood are going bust every day because of these rent reviews to the shame of the Government The motor tax increase is a knife in the back to all especially those in rural constituencies like Donegal South West where people will be broken by fuel costs and a lack of public transport The Government does not have to

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  • Thirty First Amendment of the Constitution (The President) Bill 2011-Second Stage – Thomas Pringle TD
    to 30 years old who can get that number of people to support their nomination would obviously be worthy of the office and could contribute a great deal to the office of the presidency if their election campaign was successful I believe there is a disconnect between young people and the electoral process Often young people will vote in alternative ways but the problem is that in many cases they do not go out to vote at all That is a reflection of the fact that they do not see politics as relevant to their lives If somebody of a young age comes forward and stands in a future presidential election it can only be good for the body politic and ensure that young people will engage with the process For that reason I believe this Bill is an important provision and should be considered I disagree with the Minister s view that this Bill has been introduced too early I also worry when I hear Ministers say that something should be considered by a constitutional review That is a signal that it will be put on the long finger and that nothing will happen in the lifetime of this Government The Minister also said it is unlikely that there will be another presidential election before 2018 That is seven years in the future which means the Government intends to do nothing with this process If it is put before another constitutional committee or review group it will be considered for a number of years there will be a raft of meetings it will generate reports and it will still go nowhere In early 2019 if some of us are still lucky enough to be Members of the House we will probably be bringing forward another Private Members Bill to try to amend the provisions in the Constitution relating to the President The Minister said that most of the amendments proposed in the Bill reflect recommendations in the May 1996 report of the constitutional review group and the first and third reports of the Oireachtas All Party Committee on the Constitution in 1997 and 1998 Now in the dying days of 2011 we still have not seen any proposals for change brought forward That reflects the biggest problem on the Government side of the House There appears to be a total reluctance to deal with the issues There is no doubt that the Constitution was a good document and served its purpose at the time but there is a crying need for amendments to be made to it The presidency which is the primary political office in the land is a good place to start If a simple constitutional amendment such as this was put before the people I have no doubt it would be passed It would start the process of change which would be an organic process that would develop over a number of years with a series of referenda to change the Constitution and make it more

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  • Dáil Debates – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 17
    the Dáil watch me support Deputy John Halligan s Watch me call on the Taoiseach to protect our fishing industry Speaking to the Taoiseach at Leaders Questions on 19th December in the Dáil watch me call for Thomas speaks on Social Welfare Bill Recorded on 12th December watch me express my opposition to the Social Welfare Bill 2012 containing many Watch me speak at Leaders Questions on PRSI increase Recorded last Thursday watch me speak at Leaders Questions on the removal of the PRSI exemption threshold Watch my Budget speech here Recorded on 5th December watch my reaction to Budget 2013 here Watch me speak on X Case Bill Recorded on 28th November watch me speak of my support for the Medical Treatment Termination of Pregnancy in Watch me call for Children s diabetes services nationwide Recorded in the Dáil on Wednesday at Leaders Questions watch me call on the Taoiseach to provide Watch Thomas criticise Taoiseach on garda station closures Recorded in the Dáil chamber on 20th November at Leaders Questions watch Thomas lambaste the government on Watch Thomas speaking at Leaders Questions on symphysiotomy survivors Recorded on 15th November at Leaders Questions watch me call on the government to prioritise the wellbeing Watch me speak on Credit Union Bill Recorded on 13th November watch me speaking on the Credit Union Bill 2012 here Page 17 of 22 First Previous 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 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

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  • Watch Thomas speak on cuts to rent supplement at Leaders’ Questions – Thomas Pringle TD
    for the Marine Biomass in Donegal Local supply and local demand driving job creation Home Dáil Debates Watch Thomas speak on cuts to rent supplement at Leaders Questions Watch Thomas speak on cuts to rent supplement at Leaders Questions By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 9th November 2012 Recorded on 7th November in the Dáil at Leaders Questions watch Thomas criticise the Taoiseach on the hardship cuts to rent supplement is having on thousands of households across the country Be Sociable Share Previous Story Watch Thomas speak on the need for a Suicide Prevention Authority Next Story Watch me speak on Credit Union Bill 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

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