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  • Local Improvement Schemes – Thomas Pringle TD
    up grade access lanes to their houses and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 8th February 2012 Ref No 7105 12 Answered by the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar REPLY The current expenditure for regional and local roads will be reduced significantly over the next few years Cuts of the magnitude proposed necessitated that some very good and worthwhile projects be curtailed In making adjustments to the regional and local roads budget the primary aim has been as far as is possible to protect previous investment in the road network and use the available funding to maintain and restore public roads including those in rural areas Given that priority it is not possible to assist with any works on non public roads While the importance of this scheme to rural communities and in assisting local development projects on non public accommodation roads is acknowledged the maintenance and improvement of these roads is in the first instance a matter for the relevant landowner However the scheme has been suspended and not abolished If and when the financial position of the State improves it will be possible to re open this scheme In the interim it is open to local authorities to continue to operate the scheme or a similar scheme from their own resources and I am sure they will do if they consider it to be a good use of limited resources Be Sociable Share Previous Story Review of DEIS Schools Next Story Inspections of Dutch Factory Ships 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

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  • Review of DEIS Schools – Thomas Pringle TD
    short term memory loss over controversial role as FF Minister for the Marine Biomass in Donegal Local supply and local demand driving job creation Home Dáil Questions Review of DEIS Schools Review of DEIS Schools By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 8th February 2012 To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if all DEIS schools in the country are being included in the review initiated by him in response to the budget cuts to them including Band 1 and 2 schools and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 8th February 2012 Reference Number 7108 12 Freagra Minister Ruairí Quinn My Department is currently finalising the report on the impact of the withdrawal of posts under older schemes on DEIS Band 1 and Band 2 primary schools only for submission to me this week On receipt of this report I will then make a decision on the final outcome for the individual schools involved and the staffing schedules for 2012 2013 will then be finalised and published in the coming weeks Be Sociable Share Previous Story Disadvantaged Area Payments Next Story Local Improvement Schemes 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 am Pringle reveals Pat The Cope s short term memory

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  • Disadvantaged Area Payments – Thomas Pringle TD
    is co funded by the EU is an integral part of Ireland s Rural Development Plan 2007 2013 and as such any proposed change to Scheme criteria requires the agreement of the EU Commission In this regard therefore the changes announced in the context of the recent Budget have been submitted to Brussels the Commission s response is expected shortly The budgeted expenditure under the 2012 Scheme will be reduced from 220 million to 190 million and in order to achieve the 30 million saving in expenditure it is proposed to introduce specified changes to the Scheme eligibility criteria for 2012 This will be achieved by making technical adjustments to the Scheme criteria to ensure that the aid payment is focused on farmers whose farming enterprises are situated exclusively in Less Favoured Areas and who are making a significant contribution to achieving the objectives of the Scheme The savings will be achieved without the need to reduce the existing rates of aid and in addition there will also be no reduction in the maximum area payable 34 hectares The proposed changes are designed to ensure that the payments under the Scheme are focused on those farmers who i are farming exclusively in Disadvantaged Areas ii make a significant contribution to the maintenance of a viable rural community and iii contribute to the enhancement of the environment In view of the above it will be appreciated that given the range of variables it is not possible to be definitive as to the effect the changes will have on farmers in any given county You should of course also be mindful of the need to obtain the agreement of the EU Commission to the implementation of the proposals Be Sociable Share Previous Story Priority Questions Fishing Vessel Licenses Next Story Review of

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  • Priority Questions – Fishing Vessel Licenses – Thomas Pringle TD
    regard to the oyster dredge licence Deputy Thomas Pringle That response defies belief If one wants a taxi licence one must have a driving licence to drive a car The Taxi Regulator does not issue one with a licence and ascertain afterwards whether one has a driving licence The licensing criteria state No licence will be issued until such time as the applicant who has initially been deemed appropriate for receipt of a licence presents himself with his appropriately licensed boat and dredge to a nominated Inspector of IFI Despite this IFI has confirmed to me that it will take no interest in whether a licensee has a commercial sea fishing licence It states it is a matter for the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority to decide that The latter has confirmed that in order to operate with an oyster fishing licence one must have a commercial sea fishing licence and meet all the associated requirements My information indicates there may be some licensees operating in Lough Swilly who do not have the required commercial sea fishing licences A system that does not verify that licensees meet the basic requirements for operating on the sea is bad It does not make any sense and is suggestive of maladministration within IFI In effect what is occurring on the ground is that people with adequate vessels who cannot obtain licences are being set against people with inadequate vessels who can obtain licences This does not make any sense To hand over responsibility for policing the system to the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority does not make any sense either I urge the Minister of State to ensure that IFI operates a fair and transparent system and that people with adequate commercial sea fishing licences can obtain oyster fishing licences in a proper manner Deputy Fergus O Dowd IFI does operate a fair and transparent licensing application system The key point is that only those whose main income is from oyster fishing will get the licence They must show a record to this effect Account is taken of oyster fishing activity in each of the preceding five years and this has a bearing on the grade of licence One must have a boat and the correct dredge IFI ensures this and does so very well The Deputy pointed out that the anomaly in the law is that the Department licenses other types of mollusc fishing including fishing for clams We are trying to consolidate all the fisheries legislation While I cannot make any promises I will consider the point raised by the Deputy namely that the Department should be doing the job in question rather than IFI which carries out its special responsibility fully and well with no maladministration whatsoever It is clear transparent and open The number of licences to be issued this year will be 24 The number last year was 22 and it was 16 the year before The number of licences issued has been increasing but this is based on the

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  • Deputy Thomas Pringle asks the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in relation to Oyster dredging licences issued recently for Lough Swilly in County Donegal? – Thomas Pringle TD
    do not ensure that the licencee has a commercial sea fishing licence in place for their vessel when issuing the licence even though it is a requirement of the licence that the licencee have an appropriately licensed vessel and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle Read on to find out what the Ministers response was For PRIORITY answer on Wednesday 18th January 2012 Ref No 2977 12 Lottery 5 REPLY Minister of State at the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources Mr F O Dowd Inland Fisheries Ireland IFI is the agency responsible for the issuing of oyster dredge licences under the 1959 Fisheries Consolidation Act As the Deputy will appreciate there are other consent processes which are required in order to engage in commercial oyster fishing IFI does not have any vires in this regard but does ensure that licences are issued to established oyster fishermen Prior to granting of an oyster dredge licence applicants must satisfy the Fishery District Inspector that they have a suitable boat capable of operating a dredge and a dredge In addition all vessels engaged in commercial fishing need also to be licensed and registered as a sea fishing boat with the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine Section 278 of the 1959 Act is very prescriptive and does not provide any discretion for IFI in the issuing of licenses I am advised that IFI believes that if it was to refuse to issue a licence on the basis of the applicant not having completed other consent processes IFI would be acting ultra vires It has always been the responsibility of each applicant to ensure compliance with the full consent processes in order to validate operations in the oyster dredge licence Be Sociable Share Previous Story Deputy

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  • Dáil Questions – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 61
    Revenue Commissioners will have Question on effective corporate tax rate DÁIL QUESTION NO 9 To ask the Minister for Finance his views on a report that companies Question on imposing Financial Transaction Tax DÁIL QUESTION NO 38 To ask the Minister for Finance the evidence he has or research he Question on single house effluent treatment systems Question No 135 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil To the Minister for the Environment Question on climate summit Doha costs to Exchequer Question No 307 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil To the Minister for the Environment Question on costs of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Summit in Doha Question No 422 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil To the Minister for the Environment Question on granting exploration licences PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NO 43 Dail Eireann Ref No 53320 12 To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Question on integration funding QUESTION NO 501 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality Mr Shatter by Deputy Question on Public Services Card roll out Question No 392 Ref No 52598 12 To the Minister for Social Protection To ask the Minister for Question on supplementary welfare allowance for students Question No 353 Ref No 52188 12 To the Minister for Social Protection To ask the Minister for Page 61 of 66 First Previous 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 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

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  • Question on Student Assistance Fund – Thomas Pringle TD
    for Education and Skills if he will restore the funding for the Student Assistance Fund to 10 million in view of the hardship that many students are experiencing and if he will commit to not cutting this fund any further Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 27th November 2012 Reference Number 52189 12 Freagra Minister Ruairí Quinn The objective of the Student Assistance Fund is to assist students in a sensitive and compassionate manner who might otherwise due to their financial circumstances be unable to continue their third level studies The Fund is managed by the Higher Education Authority HEA on behalf of my Department and is funded under the National Development Plan with assistance from the European Social Fund The budget for the Student Assistance Fund has been increased from 5m in 2008 09 2009 10 and 2010 11 to 9m in 2011 12 and stands at 8m for the current academic year My Department has asked the HEA for an up to date report on the demand for the scheme I have no plans at present to discontinue the Fund Examinations are taking place across all areas of Government spending which will inform funding allocations for the coming years In this context I am sure the Deputies will appreciate that in line with normal practice I am unable to comment on the available funding allocation for next year during the budgetary deliberative process Be Sociable Share Previous Story PQ on bridge replacement funding for non national roads Next Story Question on supplementary welfare allowance for students 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

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  • PQ on bridge replacement funding for non-national roads – Thomas Pringle TD
    21st November 2012 Dáil Question No 656 To ask the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport if he will provide bridge replacement funding for non national roads in 2013 and in particular for the replacement of Fintra Bridge on the R263 in County Donegal and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 20th November 2012 Ref No 50939 12 Answered by the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar REPLY The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act 1993 Works on such roads are a matter for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants Earlier this year the National Roads Authority NRA invited applications for consideration for funding in 2013 under the Specific Improvement Grants Scheme Among the projects submitted by Donegal County Council was an application for R263 Fintragh Bridge All applications will be considered by the NRA and by my Department having regard to compliance with the eligibility criteria the need to prioritise projects competing demands from other local authorities and the funding available in 2013 I will announce the 2013 regional and local road grant allocations early in the new year Be Sociable Share Previous Story PQ on funding for local improvement schemes Next Story Question on Student Assistance Fund 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

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