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  • Government to Consider Cost Effectiveness of Renewable Energy Supports – Thomas Pringle TD
    White The 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive set Ireland a legally binding target of meeting 16 of our energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020 In order to meet this target Ireland is committed to meeting 40 of electricity demand from renewable sources Currently the total amount of renewable generation connected to the grid is 2 700 MW approx of which just under 2 400 MW is wind EirGrid has forecasted in its All island Generation Capacity Statement 2015 2024 that between 3 200 and 3 800 MW of wind generating capacity will be required to allow Ireland to achieve 40 renewable electricity This figure does not include Northern Ireland A separate section of the document deals with other sources of renewable generation such as Combined Heat and Power CHP biofuels small scale hydro and ocean energy The assumptions made for other renewable generation will have a bearing on how much wind energy needs to be generated to reach the 40 target Currently the REFIT schemes are the primary means through which electricity from renewable sources is supported in Ireland These schemes support electricity generated from a range of renewable sources including biomass and are paid for by electricity customers through the Public Service Obligation To date onshore wind energy has been the most cost effective renewable technology in the Irish electricity market contributing most towards the achievement of the 2020 target The cost effectiveness of support for renewables is a key consideration in the work now underway in my Department to consider the appropriateness and design of any new support scheme for renewable electricity Any scheme would be subject to EU rules on State Aid Taking account of developments in EU electricity market integration my Department will be engaging with stakeholders in this work a key component of which

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  • Lack of Supports for Rural Lone Parents – Thomas Pringle TD
    specific to rural Ireland to address issues of equal access to education and training opportunities for persons living in more remote parts of the country and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 14th July 2015 Reference Number 28873 15 Freagra Minister of State Damien English Further education and training programmes are available locally throughout the country Participants on programmes such as the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme and Youthreach and programmes provided through the network of ETB Training Centres are paid travel allowances towards the cost of travel to courses and they are also entitled to childcare support under the Childcare in Education and Training scheme CETs which is administered by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs SOLAS the new Further Education and Training Authority recently published the Further Education and Training FET Strategy 2014 2019 This strategy is intended to give direction to and guide transformation of the further education and training sector for the next five years It provides an overarching framework within which outcomes based funding and planning based on robust evidence reflect learner and enterprise needs including the needs of current and future priority groups including lone parents One of the keys goals of the FET Strategy is to support active inclusion of citizens in society This involves supporting citizens including those experiencing barriers to the labour market to fully participate in society to access a range of quality services including education and training and to have a job The FET sector will seek to increase levels of active inclusion through the provision of high quality more accessible and flexible education and training programmes and supports suited to the identified needs of the individual SOLAS will be carrying out research into the barriers to participation in

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  • Immigration Claims a Play on Numbers – Thomas Pringle TD
    in the space of a month The factual position is as follows A total of 1 481 new asylum applications were received to the end of June this year compared with 597 for the same period in 2014 This is a year on year increase of 884 applicants or 148 The top five source countries for applications in 2015 are Pakistan Bangladesh Albania Nigeria and India These countries account for some 70 of all applications received to end June The sharpest increases relate to applications from Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals The number of applications received already this year has exceeded the total number for all of last year This is obviously putting a significant strain on resources particularly on the Direct Provision system which is now virtually full The trend in relation to increased asylum application numbers is also being experienced across other EU States I have however asked my officials to investigate the reasons giving rise to the sharp increase in applications from certain nationalities In accordance with the Refugee Act 1996 as amended asylum applicants may make an asylum application at the frontier of the State and are given permission to enter and remain in the country pending the final outcome of their application I want to make it clear that Ireland always has and will continue to live up to its obligations in relation to the granting of protection to those who are in need of it and meet the criteria set down in international and national law However where such applicants are deemed to be unfounded then they must leave the State when required to do so This is the position with all developed nations worldwide and Ireland is no different in this regard Be Sociable Share Previous Story IMF Made 2 Billion Profit from Irish

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  • Dáil Questions – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 12
    Pick up on Broadband Use Dependent on Availability To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources the level of GPs Already Investing in Practice Can t Afford Move to Primary Care Centres QUESTION NO 50 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health Minister s Scripted Response to Disability Federation s Concerns QUESTION NO 16 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Expert Group Future Skills Needs Courses for Fishermen Parliamentary Question No 33 To ask the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine the steps he will 10 000 New Marine Jobs Predicted by 2020 Parliamentary Question No 15 To ask the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine regarding the research EU Regulations Prevent Blue Fin Tuna Angling Potential Parliamentary Question No 14 To ask the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine if he will detail Vulture Funds in Argentina What is Ireland Doing About it Question No 32 Parliamentary Question Oireachtas To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if Will Consumer Protection Bill Sufficiently Protect from Unregulated Entities QUESTION NO 126 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Finance Deputy Michael Noonan by Deputy Thomas IBRC s Residential Mortgage Portfolio value of your mortgage QUESTION NO 125 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Finance Deputy Michael Noonan by Deputy Thomas Page 12 of 66 First Previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 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

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  • Gov’t Policy to Increase Wind Farming to Meet Target – Thomas Pringle TD
    on 24th June 2015 REPLY Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Alex White The overarching objective of the Government s energy policy is to ensure secure and sustainable supplies of competitively priced energy to all consumers A well balanced fuel mix that provides reliable energy minimises costs and protects against supply disruptions and price volatility is essential to Irish consumers The 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive set Ireland a legally binding target of meeting 16 of our energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020 In order to meet this target Ireland is committed to meeting 40 of electricity demand from renewable sources Currently the total amount of renewable generation connected to the grid is 2 700 MW approx of which just under 2 400 MW is wind EirGrid have forecasted in their All island Generation Capacity Statement 2015 2024 that between 3 200 and 3 800 MW of wind generating capacity will be required to allow Ireland to achieve 40 renewable electricity Ireland will also be required to meet targets for electricity generated from renewable sources in 2030 At the October 2014 meeting of the European Council agreement was reached on the headline targets for the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework requiring a reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions of 40 an increase in EU energy from renewable sources to 27 and an indicative target of 27 energy efficiency in the EU Ireland will be required to make a contribution to the achievement of these targets which will require additional electricity generated from renewable sources Every effort is being made to ensure that Ireland s 2030 target will be technically feasible cost effective and fair in terms of burden sharing across EU Member States Be Sociable Share Previous Story Businesses in Donegal Experience Card Processing Delays Due to

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  • Businesses in Donegal Experience Card Processing Delays Due to Slow Internet Access – Thomas Pringle TD
    areas in County Donegal as County Donegal is considered one of the most disadvantaged counties here and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 30th June 2015 Ref No 26257 15 Proof 707 REPLY Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Alex White I propose to take Questions Nos 661 and 662 together The Government recognises that access to high quality high speed broadband is important for businesses and households throughout Ireland The National Broadband Plan NBP aims to ensure that every citizen and business regardless of location has access to a high quality high speed broadband service This will be achieved through a combination of commercial investments and a State led intervention in areas where commercial services will not be provided The commercial telecommunications sector is currently investing approximately 2 5 billion in network upgrades and enhanced services These very significant investments represent a step change in the quality of broadband services available The publicly funded intervention under the NBP will address those parts of the country not included by commercial operators investment plans The Plan envisages dealing conclusively with the rural connectivity issues so that current and future generations will have a guaranteed access to high quality high speed broadband Whatever the technology used it must ensure users have a service of at least 30Mbps and be capable of meeting future anticipated traffic growth I share the Deputy s concerns about the impact that poor quality connectivity is having on business and households I will be publishing a draft Intervention Strategy for public consultation shortly with a view to progressing to formal procurement phase towards the end of this year I anticipate that the physical build of the network to begin in late 2016 and it will take 3 5 years to fully complete depending on the details of the bid or bids selected I also expect that the procurement process will establish the most efficient and cost effective means of rolling out the network that will enable access to high speed broadband services to be delivered as quickly as possible More generally I can confirm that next generation broadband services have been rolled out to 21 238 premises to date in the Donegal with a further 27 276 expected to be served through commercial investment The remaining 52 004 premises in Donegal will be covered by further commercial investment or the proposed State intervention Eircom are currently planning for a Fibre to the Home network in Letterkenny and I understand that services will be launched from end of summer 2015 I understand also that SIRO the newly established Joint Venture between ESB Vodafone is building a fibre to the building network bringing high speed broadband to 50 regional towns and 500 000 premises across Ireland The overall programme is expected to be completed by end of 2018 and work has commenced on the first 10 towns including Letterkenny An exact date for rollout in Letterkenny is not

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  • Ireland to be Present During Srebrenica Genocide Memorial on 11 July – Thomas Pringle TD
    in view of the European Parliament s resolution passed in 2009 which called on European Union States to commemorate the event and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 30th June 2015 Ref No 25916 15 REPLY As we approach the 20th anniversary of the terrible atrocity that took place at Srebrenica we remember the 8 000 victims who lost their lives there The appalling events at Srebrenica in 1995 have been recognized as genocide by the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia This has been widely accepted by the international community Ireland has in the past joined with our EU partners to condemn any attempts to minimise or deny the genocide which took place at Srebrenica The victims will be commemorated at solemn ceremonies on 11 July and although it is not envisaged to hold an event in Ireland we will be represented at the principal commemoration which will take place in Srebrenica Along with other members of the international community including our EU partners we will gather together in a spirit of remembrance and reconciliation The European Union was founded on the principles of peace and justice and Ireland remains committed to supporting a peaceful secure and prosperous future for the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the wider region We continue to encourage them on their European path and to help them overcome the legacy of recent conflicts Be Sociable Share Previous Story BCG Vaccine Experiencing Delays Next Story Businesses in Donegal Experience Card Processing Delays Due to Slow Internet Access 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

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  • BCG Vaccine Experiencing Delays – Thomas Pringle TD
    distribution to each country According to the contract when BCG vaccine arrives into Ireland it should have a shelf life of 6 months The contract contains a delivery schedule of an agreed amount of BCG vaccine every three months The delivery volume is more than sufficient vaccine for newborn babies and others requiring BCG vaccination Since 2014 the supplier has been supplying BCG vaccine with significant delays due to issues in their production The last shipment of BCG vaccine due to arrive at the end of October 2014 arrived at the end of December 2014 The delay in delivery meant that two months shelf life was lost and this expired at the end of April 2015 The HSE had sufficient BCG vaccine in Ireland until it expired at the end of April 2015 Had more stock been purchased it too would have expired at the end of April 2015 In addition delivery of BCG vaccine produced in 2014 were suspended pending an extensive investigation regarding a possible problem with the capping of the vials This investigation has now been concluded and product produced during 2014 is being released but it will take some time to release all the batches produced As a result this BCG vaccine will have very short remaining shelf life until newly produced product becomes available In addition a number of qualification validation activities have to be performed following repair of central equipment in the first half of 2015 This means that production of new product will not commence until August 2015 and due to the lengthy analysis and release procedure vaccine from this production will not become available until the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016 As a result there are limits to the quantities that can be ordered and delays on all deliveries The

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