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  • Cost of Increase to Direct Provision Child Payment only €301k – But no Move says Minister – Thomas Pringle TD
    Pringle To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the annual cost to her Department if an increase in the weekly living allowance for children living in Direct Provision centres was increased by 5 per child per week and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 20th October 2015 R E P L Y Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection Kevin Humphreys TD It is proposed to take Questions 184 186 together The Government in its decision of the 30 June 2015 recommended that the Report of the Working Group on the Protection Process should in the first instance be the subject of detailed discussion at the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy and Public Service Reform The Committee agreed that the Department of Justice and Equality should prepare a report for the Cabinet Committee in conjunction with relevant Departments on the practical implications of the Report s recommendations Each Department has examined the recommendations to determine timescales for implementation and any impacts and issues that may arise The Department of Justice and Equality is currently analysing the responses with a view to preparing a report for the Cabinet Committee The direct provision allowance is a non statutory payment administered by the Department of Social Protection on behalf of the Department of Justice and Equality The report recommended an increase in the rate of the direct provision allowance payment to both adults and children The recommendation will be considered by the Cabinet Committee in due course There are currently approximately 1 160 children in respect of whom the direct provision allowance child rate is being paid The annual cost of increasing the direct provision allowance payment by 5 for this number of children would be 301 600 Be

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  • No Record of MacGill Summer School Security Costs to State – Thomas Pringle TD
    School Security Costs to State By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 27th October 2015 QUESTION NO 128 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality Deputy Frances Fitzgerald by Deputy Thomas Pringle for ORAL on Tuesday 20th October 2015 To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality for a breakdown of the security costs for the Mc Gill Summer School held in the Glenties in County Donegal in July 2015 and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle REPLY As the Deputy will appreciate the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources including personnel among the Garda Regions Divisions and Districts I am informed by the Garda Authorities that An Garda Síochána does not routinely collect the policing costs of every operation as it would use a disproportionate amount of Garda time and effort to extract the relevant information Members involved in policing this event also performed routine policing duties in the Glenties District during the period and it is not possible therefore to provide an accurate figure for duty at this event Be Sociable Share Previous Story Pringle Calls for Balanced Regional Development to Tackle Donegal s Low Disposable Income Next Story Cost of Increase to Direct Provision Child Payment only 301k But no Move says Minister 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

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  • Additional 610 SNAs in Schools But More Grants Needed for Children in Donegal – Thomas Pringle TD
    of 67 000 including children with special needs avail of the free pre school provision each year My Department is committed to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to access and benefit from this free pre school year and has in addition to the HSE made various practical efforts in recent years to support mainstreamed provision for children with special needs These include more flexible rules regarding access to the free pre school year the provision on a limited ad hoc basis by the HSE of funding towards the cost of pre school support assistants in some areas elective modules on special needs in mandatory courses for early years practitioners and various initiatives by City and County Childcare Committees HSE HSE funded services and by Better Start s Early Years Specialist Service to support providers who need expert advice and guidance In addition the on going reorganisation of disability therapy services into multi disciplinary geographic based teams by the HSE under the Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme and the early intervention and support that reconfigured teams provide is of importance in the context of mainstreaming Nevertheless this Government recognises that co ordination and provision of appropriate supports for pre school children with special needs could be improved Accordingly when I established the Inter Departmental Group on Future Investment in Early Years and School Age Care and Education I included in its terms of reference the need to examine how best to provide for children with special needs within mainstream pre school settings To advance this the Departments of Children and Youth Affairs Education and Skills and Health are working together to develop a new model of supports for pre school children with special needs My Department is leading the process with full and active support

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  • No Pay Talks in Sight for Section 39 Org’s Despite Central Role of Frontline Services – Thomas Pringle TD
    Thomas Pringle for WRITTEN ANSWER on 06 10 2015 To ask the Minister for Health if he will meet with Section 39 funded organisations to discuss the opportunity of pay restoration in light of the upcoming Budget as their members have experienced a decline in working conditions after a continuous cycle of Budget cuts while demand for their services has increased and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle T D REPLY Section 39 of the Health Act 2004 provides for the HSE to provide assistance to a body that provides a service similar or ancillary to a service that the Health Service Executive HSE may provide Employees of Section 39 organisations are not public servants They are not included in the HSE employment control ceiling are not bound by the Department of Health Consolidated Salary Scales and are not members of a public service pension scheme Section 39 organisations provide a broad range of services and these are governed by Service Level Arrangements with the HSE In that regard funding of these organisations is a matter for the HSE in the first instance The HSE has submitted an estimate of its proposed expenditure for 2016 As discussions on budgetary issues are ongoing between the Department of Health the HSE and the Department of Public Expenditure Reform I am not in a position to comment on the outcome of the process at this stage Be Sociable Share Previous Story Look Out for Primary Class Sizes in Budget 2016 Next Story Letterkenny Hospital Hygiene Standards a Casualty of Cuts 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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  • Look Out for Primary Class Sizes in Budget 2016! – Thomas Pringle TD
    Ireland including the issue of class sizes funding inequality between primary and secondary schools and the increased workload for many school teachers and principals who lack the support of a middle management infrastructure in the sector and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For ORAL answer on Tuesday 6th October 2015 Reference Number 33981 15 Freagra Minister Jan O Sullivan There are many demands on me for extra investment at all levels including those raised by the INTO At the INTO Congress last Easter I indicated that improving the position in relation to primary class size is one of my priorities I have already indicated that I am determined that education should be prioritised for investment as our economy recovers and I will be seeking to agree a set of priorities for such increased investment into the future In the last Budget I was able to secure the first increase in education spending in recent years I am very aware that we need to invest more in our youngest children and in supporting parents to make the choices that are right for them Our schools need more staffing better funding and functioning middle management structures and I am determined that we will build on what we achieved last year The challenge for all schools is to ensure that they utilise their allocated resources to best effect to maximise teaching and learning outcomes Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Pringle TD 2016 Pre Budget Submission Next Story No Pay Talks in Sight for Section 39 Org s Despite Central Role of Frontline Services 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

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  • Post Offices can Bring Financial Inclusion to the Unbanked – Thomas Pringle TD
    Central Statistics Office CSO and the Economic and Social Research Institute ESRI respectively income inequality in Ireland has remained broadly stable over the past decade The Gini coefficient is a measure of income inequality where 0 represents a situation where all households have an equal income and 1 indicates that one household has all of national income According to the CSO the Gini coefficient for household disposable income in Ireland was 31 3 in 2013 the latest year for which data is available This compares to 31 7 in 2004 and the Gini coefficient has remained within a narrow range over 2004 to 2013 In international terms the Gini coefficient for disposable income in Ireland was marginally below the euro area average in 2013 Regarding wealth inequality comprehensive data on household wealth in Ireland including assets and liabilities was published by the CSO in early 2015 This is the first time such data has been collected The same data has been collected across the entire euro area according to a standardised methodology These data indicate that wealth inequality in Ireland for 2013 as measured by the Gini Coefficient is lower than the euro area average The results also show that wealth is less concentrated at the top of the distribution here than the euro area average Central Bank analysis of these data also indicates that while wealth inequality has increased since 2011 it is lower than in 2006 the earliest period for which data are available As regards Budget 2016 the Deputy will be aware that it is not the practice of the Minister for Finance to discuss in advance any measures which may be under consideration Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Asks How the Capital Plan will Invest in Rural Ireland Next Story Thomas Calls for New Licencing

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  • Dáil Questions – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 10
    ask the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine his views No Support for Recreational Blue Fin Tuna Parliamentary Question No 36 To ask the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine if he will Asylum Seekers Given Little Time to Find Rental Accommodation QUESTION NO 157 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality Deputy Frances Fitzgerald by Dept Claims of Recent Spike in Immigration Questionable QUESTION NO 150 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality Deputy Frances Fitzgerald by Gov t Says No Recognizing Armenian Genocide Question No 501 Parliamentary Question Oireachtas 3 pages attached To ask the Minister for Temporary Shortage of BCG Vaccine in Letterkenny Hospital QUESTION NO 467 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar by Deputy Thomas Pringle Irish Water May Affect Budget 2016 Figures QUESTION NO 231 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Finance Deputy Michael Noonan by Deputy Thomas QUESTION NO 105 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Finance Deputy Michael Noonan by Deputy Thomas Special Areas of Conservation DAIL QUESTION NO 37 To ask the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht the consideration her No Promise to Increase Funding for Heritage Council DAIL QUESTION NO 41 To ask the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she is Page 10 of 66 First Previous 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 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 Burton to

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  • No Grant Support for Children with Special Needs in Free Pre-School Year – Thomas Pringle TD
    and the Inishowen Region and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if he will confirm that no specific budget is available to train staff to provide specialised supports for children with special needs attending the free pre school year scheme if a commitment will be made in Budget 2016 to have funding ring fenced to increase supports for children in the free pre school year and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 REPLY The majority of children with special needs are able to access the free pre school year provided under the Early Childhood Care and Education ECCE programme in mainstream pre school services without the provision of any additional supports In the region of 67 000 including children with special needs avail of the free pre school provision each year My Department is committed to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to access and benefit from this free pre school year and has in addition to the HSE made various practical efforts in recent years to support mainstreamed provision for children with special needs These include more flexible rules regarding access to the free pre school year the provision on a limited ad hoc basis by the HSE of funding towards the cost of pre school support assistants in some areas elective modules on special needs in mandatory courses for early years practitioners and various initiatives by City and County Childcare Committees HSE HSE funded services and by Better Start s Early Years Specialist Service to support providers who need expert advice and guidance In addition the on going reorganisation of disability therapy services into multi disciplinary geographic based teams by the HSE under the Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme and the early intervention and support that reconfigured teams provide is of importance in the context of mainstreaming Nevertheless this Government recognises that co ordination and provision of appropriate supports for pre school children with special needs could be improved Accordingly when I established the Inter Departmental Group on Future Investment in Early Years and School Age Care and Education I included in its terms of reference the need to examine how best to provide for children with special needs within mainstream pre school settings To advance this the Departments of Children and Youth Affairs Education and Skills and Health are working together to develop a new model of supports for pre school children with special needs My Department is leading the process with full and active support from the other two Departments and their respective agencies An Inter Departmental Group comprising representatives from these three Departments the HSE Tusla the National Council for Special Education the National Disability Authority Better Start and the Dublin City Childcare Committee has completed its work and is expected to make a cross

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