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  • ‘Bunbeg Coast Guard Not a Designated Safety Provider for WAW’ Says Gov’t – Thomas Pringle TD
    rescue call outs responded to by the Bunbeg Coast Guard Unit CGU Since the establishment of a cliff rescue service in the late 90 s the Unit has not been called upon to intervene in any lifesaving cliff recovery incident This level of response does not justify the maintenance of a cliff rescue service having regard to the risk associated with this activity Within County Donegal three volunteer CGUs are trained and equipped to provide cliff rescue services While in Co Mayo the Coast Guard is working with the Office of Public Works with a view to commencing construction of a new purpose built Station in Westport in early 2016 and active consideration is being given to the construction of a new station to replace the existing CGU in Ballyglass In addition the Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter is equipped to provide a day and night response to coastal emergencies in addition to RNLI capabilities I am aware of local concerns on the matter of Bunbeg and of the welcome growth of tourism and the increased level of adventure activities in the area However you will appreciate that where a rescue service is provided every effort must be made to ensure that the benefits outweigh the risks It is in this context that the maintenance of a cliff rescue team has been de prioritised The primary duty to ensure the safety of people taking part in adventure activities rests with the provider of these activities The Bunbeg Unit continues to be a well resourced unit and is well equipped to fulfil its designated roles as a shoreline search team and rescue boat unit I should also clarify that while the Coast Guard will use its best endeavours to coordinate the response to any coastal emergency the remit of the volunteer

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  • Gov’t Says Tourist Facilities an Issue for Local Authority – but Funding is Scarce – Thomas Pringle TD
    if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For ORAL answer on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 Ref No 31947 15 Answered by the Minister of State for Sports and Tourism Michael Ring REPLY While my Department provides the capital funding for investment in tourism propositions such as the Wild Atlantic Way it is not directly involved in developing or managing these as this is an operational matter for the Board and management of Fáilte Ireland That said the provision of basic public facilities such as lay bys toilets seating and rubbish facilities is primarily the responsibility of Local Authorities rather than Fáilte Ireland Indeed the recent tourism policy statement People Place and Policy Growing Tourism to 2025 highlights the central role of local authorities in developing tourism in their areas as much through such core services as through development of tourism infrastructure The Government is fully committed to the development of tourism in Donegal which forms an integral part of the Wild Atlantic Way In addition to the funding already invested in signage on the route and in discovery points such as Sliabh Liag my colleague Minister of State Michael Ring T D recently announced an allocation of 299 000 by Fáilte Ireland to the Commissioners of Irish Lights to develop a new visitor facility building on a site adjacent to Fanad Head Lighthouse The project will incorporate a new car park as well as facilities for visitors a ticket desk and an interpretation area Fáilte Ireland is also in discussion with Donegal County Council as to the future development of facilities at Malin Head as a signature discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way Be Sociable Share Previous Story Regulatory Framework Question on Broadband Roll out Next Story Bunbeg Coast Guard Not a Designated Safety Provider

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  • Regulatory Framework Question on Broadband Roll-out – Thomas Pringle TD
    of supervising Universal Service Obligations Wholesale Access Conditions Wholesale Physical Network Infrastructure Access WPNIA Retail Authorisations Wholesale Retail contract oversight Dispute Resolutions Service Level Agreements SLAs Quality of Service standards QoS monitoring of Significant Market Power SMP normally the job of the Regulation but which has been given a limited role until the intervention is complete and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 603 Received on 18th September 2015 REPLY Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Alex White Section 7 7 of the National Broadband Plan Intervention Strategy which I published for public consultation in July last sets out the governance issues that need to be addressed to ensure robust management of the contract or contracts put in place following the NBP procurement process The accompanying governance report by our expert advisors contains greater detail on the full range of governance issues Both documents are available at www broadband gov ie As the contracting authority it is envisaged that my Department will be responsible for the overall management of the contract s including contract governance The contract s would be monitored and reviewed to ensure consistency with existing and any future telecommunications regulatory framework ComReg will continue to exercise its day to day regulatory functions in relation to telecommunications market Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Speaks on No Confidence Motion Next Story Gov t Says Tourist Facilities an Issue for Local Authority but Funding is Scarce 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

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  • Raising HAP Rental Levels in Donegal – Thomas Pringle TD
    will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For ORAL answer on Thursday 16th July 2015 Ref No 28765 15 REPLY Minister of State for the Environment Community and Local Government Deputy Paudie Coffey T he Housing Assistance P ayment HAP has been rolled out to all categories of households in 13 local authority areas including Donegal and t here are now over 2 6 00 households nationally in receipt of the payment HAP has been operational in the administrative area of Donegal County Council since 25 May this year In the seven weeks since it has been introduced over 40 ho useholds have been accommodated under the scheme in Donegal I am pleased with this progress and I would like to commend the local authority on its engagement with the s cheme to date T he maximum rent limits for diffe rent household classes that apply in each local authority where HAP has been commenced are set out in regulations and are currently based on the rent supplement limits as set out by the Department of Social Protection In prescribing these limits household size and prevailing rents in the relevant areas are taken i nto consideration In the context of the implementation of HAP my Department works closely with the Department o f Social Protection and monitors data gathered by HAP pilot authorities in relation to the rent limits applying and any difficulties arising T he operation of HAP in Donegal County Council will be kept under active review in this context Be Sociable Share Previous Story Raising Income Limits for Social Housing Applicants Next Story Pringle Welcomes 330 Jobs to Letterkenny 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

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  • Raising Income Limits for Social Housing Applicants – Thomas Pringle TD
    housing in every housing authority The aim of the new system is to move closer to a transparent consistent and fairer approach to eligibility for social housing The Regulations include maximum net income limits for each housing authority in different bands according to the area with income being defined and assessed according to a standard Household Means Policy The income bands and the authority area assigned to each band were based on an assessment of income needed to provide for a household s basic need s plus a comparative analysis of the local rental cost of housing accommodation across the country The limits also reflect a blanket increase of 5 000 introduced by this Government prior to the new system coming into operation in order to broaden the base from which social housing tenants are drawn and thereby promote sustainable communities Under the Household Means Policy which applies in all housing authorities net income for social housing assessment is defined as gross household income less income tax PRSI and the universal social charge Most payments received from the Department of Social Protection are assessable The Policy provides for a range of income disregards and housing authorities also have discretion to disregard income that is temporary short term or once off As a result the threshold for a two adult two children household in Co Donegal is 27 500 net income after tax PRSI and USC with higher limits applying to larger households I am satisfied that the current income limits generally provide for a fair and equitable system of identifying those households unable to provide accommodation from their own resources However the se limits will be considered in the context of the review of social housing assessment procedures currently being undertaken by my Department as part of the broader social

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  • Regulated Entities Will be Responsible for all Credit Agreements – Thomas Pringle TD
    addressed to the Minister for Finance Deputy Michael Noonan by Deputy Thomas Pringle for WRITTEN ANSWER on 15 07 2015 To ask the Minister for Finance if he will confirm that the recent consumer protection legislation will regulate credit service providers but not the special purpose vehicles which handle their loans as in the case of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation mortgages and if he will make a statement on the matter REPLY Borrowers whose loans are sold to unregulated entities are now protected by the Consumer Protection Regulation of Credit Servicing Firms Act 2015 which has just been enacted The purpose of the Act is to ensure that consumers retain the protections they had prior to the sale of their loan This Act will require entities dealing with the consumer to be authorised by the Central Bank and subject to its Codes of Conduct Dealing with the consumer is credit servicing and the definition of credit servicing is broad Owners of loan books including Special purpose Vehicles who deal directly with consumers that is who are servicing their own loan books will be regulated Otherwise they can have the loan book serviced by a regulated credit servicing firm In other words some regulated entity will be responsible for all credit agreements Be Sociable Share Previous Story Farm Assist Scheme Under Ongoing Review Claims Minister Burton Next Story Raising Income Limits for Social Housing Applicants 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

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  • Farm Assist Scheme Under ‘Ongoing Review’ Claims Minister Burton – Thomas Pringle TD
    and in relation to access to secondary supports since those changes were made if not if she will clarify specifically the way the scheme is kept under constant review by officials in her Department as previously stated in Parliamentary Questions and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 15th July 2015 R E P L Y Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T D The farm assist scheme provides support for farmers on low incomes and is similar to jobseeker s allowance The 2015 Revised Estimates for the Department provide for expenditure this year on the farm assist scheme of 88 7 million Recent changes have brought farm assist into closer alignment with the jobseeker s allowance scheme s treatment of self employed persons but the headline rates of farm assist have been maintained This means that farm families with the lowest income have been the least affected by these changes The Farm Assist Scheme including the impact of recent changes is kept under ongoing review My officials have regular discussions and meetings with the IFA in relation to the scheme The most recent of these meetings took place in April 2015 Policy and operational staff are in close contact and co operate on an ongoing basis on issues arising at local level and discuss and follow up on individual cases when the need arises In addition expenditure and data in relation to the number of recipients in various categories and rates of payment are analysed on a monthly basis Be Sociable Share Previous Story 1 458 Farm Assist Recipients in Donegal Next Story Regulated Entities Will be Responsible for all Credit Agreements Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked

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  • 1,458 Farm Assist Recipients in Donegal – Thomas Pringle TD
    for Social Protection To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the total number of persons claiming Farm Assist in the country by county basis if available for each year since 2012 and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 15th July 2015 R E P L Y Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T D The information requested by the Deputy is published annually by my Department in the Statistical Information on Social Welfare Services report The reports for years 2012 and 2013 are available at www welfare ie en Pages Annual Statistical Information Reports aspx or through the Oireachtas library The information relating to the number of persons in receipt of farm assist by county at the end of December 2014 is detailed in the attached tabular statement Farm Assist recipients by County at end December 2014 County Recipients Carlow 76 Cavan 326 Clare 521 Cork 788 Donegal 1 458 Dublin 32 Galway 1 000 Kerry 721 Kildare 37 Kilkenny 120 Laois 116 Leitrim 377 Limerick 216 Longford 205 Louth 82 Mayo 1 614 Meath 81 Monaghan 446 Offaly 97 Roscommon 356 Sligo 283 Tipperary 336 Waterford 78 Westmeath 153 Wexford 223 Wicklow 67 Total 9 809 Be Sociable Share Previous Story Income Disregards for Farm Assist only Saving State 10m year Next Story Farm Assist Scheme Under Ongoing Review Claims Minister Burton 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

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