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  • Question on Child Benefit recipients – Thomas Pringle TD
    Total Families With Children Total Children State Pension Non Contributory 275 72 31 5 0 1 384 538 State Pension Contributory 1 615 376 81 23 3 3 2 101 2 736 State Pension Transition 193 50 10 2 0 0 255 331 Widow er s or Surviving Civil Partner s Contributory Pension 3 841 2 013 775 194 46 15 6 884 11 310 Death Benefit Pension 47 23 6 1 1 0 78 120 Jobseeker s Allowance 26 250 24 946 12 842 4 962 1 617 848 71 465 148 237 One Parent Family Payment 50 608 25 842 9 563 3 012 851 301 90 177 149 200 Supplementary Welfare Allowance 3 911 3 275 1 896 843 317 178 10 420 22 280 Farm Assist 1 258 1 333 1 013 500 177 78 4 359 10 363 Pre Retirement Allowance 162 40 12 6 2 1 223 319 Jobseeker s Benefit 6 914 5 910 2 435 671 145 36 16 111 29 676 Deserted Wife s Benefit 609 161 36 5 3 1 815 1 081 Health and Safety Benefit 3 4 0 0 0 0 7 7 Back to Work Allowance 18 15 11 9 2 1 56 133 Back to Work Enterprise Allowance 1 317 1 717 944 352 79 12 4 421 9 459 Back to Education Allowance 2 429 1 629 847 310 92 29 5 336 10 111 Disability Allowance 5 730 3 655 1 875 855 403 263 12 781 25 866 Blind Pension 93 63 34 12 6 1 209 405 Carer s Allowance 4 059 5 004 2 934 1 333 403 220 13 953 31 460 Illness Benefit 5 609 4 841 2 116 608 156 58 13 388 25 237 Interim Illness Benefit

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  • PQ on exploratory licence granted, Dublin Bay – Thomas Pringle TD
    supply and local demand driving job creation Home Dáil Questions PQ on exploratory licence granted Dublin Bay PQ on exploratory licence granted Dublin Bay By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 12th October 2012 Ref No 43741 12 Lottery 5 To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources with regard to the exploratory licence recently granted to a company details supplied when the drilling in Dublin bay is due to commence and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle Minister of State at the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources Mr F O Dowd Standard Exploration Licence 2 11 was granted last year to a consortium comprising Providence Resources Plc and Star Energy Oil and Gas Ltd The licence which is a follow on authorisation to Licensing Option 08 2 covers an area of approximately 380 square kilometres in the Kish Bank Basin off the Dublin Wicklow coast Star Energy s stake in the licence is now held by PSE Seven Heads Limited The licence was granted for a six year period and includes an obligation to drill an exploration well by 17 th August 2014 Be Sociable Share Previous Story Question on ESM double payment this week Next Story Question on Child Benefit recipients 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

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  • Question on ESM double payment this week – Thomas Pringle TD
    mechanisms was the subject of an extensive legal challenge in the High Court in June and a subsequent comprehensive appeal in the Supreme Court in July relating to its compatibility with the Bunreacht na hÉireann and also with the EU Treaties and the validity of the European Council Decision The challenge in relation to Bunreacht na hÉireann was unsuccessful as was a request for an injunction to restrain Ireland s ratification A number of questions of EU law were referred by the Irish Supreme Court to the Court of Justice of the European Union Ireland ratified the treaty on August 1st by lodging the instrument of ratification with the Depositary The ESM Treaty at article 48 1 provides that the ESM will enter into force when instruments of ratification approval or acceptance have been deposited by signatories whose initial subscriptions represent no less than 90 of the total subscription The ESM Treaty accordingly entered into force on 27th September 2012 following its ratification by 16 of the 17 Euro area member states representing over 99 8 of its subscribed capital base All 17 Euro Area Member States have now ratified the ESM Treaty The ESM Treaty provides that it shall have a capital base of 700 billion of which 80 billion is paid in capital Ireland s share of this paid in capital is 1 27 billion based on the contribution key of 1 5922 set out in annex 1 of the ESM Treaty The Treaty provides that this contribution is to be paid in five equal tranches The Euro Group Finance Ministers agreed in March 2012 that two of the five equal tranches would be paid this year and subsequently agreed in September 2012 that both of these tranches should be paid in October 2012 For Ireland these two tranches will amount to 509 508 million in accordance with our contribution key and this amount will be paid this week in accordance with our obligations following our ratification of the ESM Treaty and its entry into force Be Sociable Share Previous Story Question on the progress of the national colorectal screening programme Next Story PQ on exploratory licence granted Dublin Bay One Comment Linaa 7th November 2012 at 8 34 pm My first thought was This is inastiny But no it is anything but insane I read Draghi s words in the SD post this AM My first thought was that his wording was tantamount to a declaration of war Here is the document that declares economic war on the entire EU community ESM to Europe We will take your money and sovereignty without any thought to the legality of our demands How Hitlerian Mussolini would be grinning ear to ear When an unelected group makes a demand for payments of sovereign resources without any recourse to protest these demands without any buffer of time with no legal remedy to stop or even delay these demands demands that have no upper limit then the ESM has declared war on

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  • Question on the progress of the national colorectal screening programme – Thomas Pringle TD
    is therefore imperative that the programme commences and continues on a sustainable basis Plans for the implementation of a national colorectal screening programme are at an advanced stage within the HSE National Cancer Screening Service NCSS and the programme will be introduced on a phased basis in quarter four 2012 as stated in the HSE Service Plan 2012 When fully implemented the programme will offer free screening to men and women aged 55 74 every two years As 50 of cancers within this age group are found in people aged 60 69 the programme will begin with this age cohort a population of approximately 500 000 The screening programme is the first call recall screening programme in Ireland to be offered to men as well as women Organised population based call re call screening for colorectal cancer is complex and to ensure quality and safety it is imperative that it is introduced in a carefully managed and monitored way to ensure that risks to patients are minimised and best clinical outcomes are maximised Over time the phasing of the programme will allow development of colonoscopy capacity to cater for the full 55 74 year old population The HSE NCSS and the Special Delivery Unit in my Department have been working together to develop the appropriate capacity in colonoscopy services nationwide to support the introduction sustainability and growth of the screening programme while maintaining and enhancing the capability of the symptomatic endoscopy service The focus is on improving quality and access at all publicly funded screening colonoscopy units not just for those referred for colonoscopy as part of the screening programme but for all men and women who require a colonoscopy or any other diagnostic endoscopic procedure This will be achieved by building sufficient capacity in endoscopy services nationwide to sustain

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  • Question to the Minister for Finance on the way the €7.5 billion given during the banks recapitalisation for mortgage debt has been used – Thomas Pringle TD
    42440 12 REPLY Minister for Finance Mr Noonan As the Deputy will be aware the Irish banks were required to raise 24 0bn in capital following the 2011 Prudential Capital Assessment Review PCAR in order to remain above a minimum capital target of 10 5 Core Tier 1 in the base scenario and 6 Core Tier 1 in the stress Scenario The Central Bank made its decision on required recapitalisation based on loan loss projections along with further calculations concerning the prospective income expenditure and deleveraging plans of the banks as outlined in the 2011 Financial Measures Programme FMP Report In order to arrive at a stressed loan loss estimate that was fully credible to the international markets the Central Bank engaged BlackRock Solutions a specialist in analysing potential loan losses under stressed conditions However I must again reiterate that the stress test scenarios were designed to represent extreme but plausible events but they were not forecasts In terms of mortgages the Central Bank has informed me that the following projected losses for the period 2011 2013 were used for capital determination purposes million AIB BOI ILP EBS Total Base Stress Base Stress Base Stress Base Stress Base Stress Residential Mortgages 2 005 3 066 1 361 2 366 1 624 2 679 848 1 380 5 838 9 491 Total 9 545 12 604 7 380 10 119 2 114 3 421 975 1 577 20 014 27 722 In terms of troubled mortgage customers the Central Bank is now engaging with all regulated mortgage lenders to ensure that each lender has appropriate strategies and plans to deal appropriately with all its customers experiencing mortgage difficulties In addition the protections of the Central Bank s Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears will continue to be available to co operating

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  • Question on recent statement by the German, Dutch and Finnish Ministers on ESM – Thomas Pringle TD
    is imperative to break the vicious circle between banks and sovereigns The second was that The Eurogroup will examine the situation of the Irish financial sector with the view of further improving the sustainability of the well performing adjustment programme Similar cases will be treated equally The commitment to equal treatment is very important Apart from the various technical meetings with Troika members Ireland continues to be fully engaged in the process by the Eurogroup and Heads of State or Government on how these commitments will be implemented Apart from the various technical meetings with Troika members we are pursuing a diplomatic offensive which has included officials from my Department travelling recently to several capitals my own visits to Paris Berlin Rome and onto the Informal Ecofin in Cyprus and the Taoiseach s meeting with several colleagues at the level of Heads of Government All our interlocutors agreed that the imperative is to move ahead urgently to implement all of the important decisions taken on 29 June In advancing our ideas we are conscious that other member states will also put forward their proposals In the nature of EU business there may be differences of interpretation but these must be within the context of the over arching principles agreed on 29 June Ireland s position is clear in this regard and work is continuing in line with the 29 June Summit agreement to break the link between banks and sovereign and the principle that similar cases will be treated equally We have followed up on that basis as a matter of urgency following the latest developments We want to continue to work in a constructive spirit to enhance the sustainability of our debt We have made strong solid progress in implementing the terms of our EU IMF programme and have

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  • Question to the Minister for Finance on corporation tax – Thomas Pringle TD
    their tax costs and the fact that some of these reports make reference to Irish companies being part of these structures I understand that some of these reports have suggested that some companies in multinational groups pay Irish corporation tax at rates that are significantly lower than 12 5 At this point it is important to state clearly that such companies are not paying a low rate of Irish tax all companies in Ireland pay the standard 12 5 rate on their profits which are generated in Ireland The reports concerned appear to have incorrectly attributed to Ireland profits that represent the return due to assets in other jurisdictions owned by group companies that are not resident in Ireland It is incorrect to relate the 12 5 corporation tax rate to both the profits of the Irish resident group companies and the profits of foreign resident group companies which are not profits chargeable to Irish corporation tax By mixing up the Irish profits and the foreign profits of multinational groups like this these reports can produce an average tax rate for the companies concerned that is lower than 12 5 and an incorrect inference that the full Irish profits are not being charged Multinational groups with subsidiaries in other countries as well as in Ireland incur other bona fide expenditures Licence payments which are paid to group companies in foreign jurisdictions for the use of intellectual property rights are properly deductible in computing Irish profits If these licence payments are untaxed in the foreign jurisdiction this will reduce the average rate of tax for the total profits of the Irish and the foreign resident subsidiaries when these are taken together Nevertheless the full Irish measure of profits is being taxed and the rate of tax actually paid on the profits of the Irish resident subsidiaries is 12 5 The ability of entities to lower their effective rate of tax using international structures reflects the global context in which Ireland and indeed all countries operate The tax system in Ireland has a positive international reputation based on transparency and the fact that it is applied equally and openly to all corporate taxpayers The fact that Ireland has an extensive tax treaty network confirms our international standing The January 2011 Global Forum Peer Review Report on Ireland s legal and regulatory framework for transparency and exchange of information found that Ireland has an effective system for the exchange of information in tax matters and is fully compliant with OECD standards Our job in Government is to bring investment and jobs to Ireland and we have used the tax code and in particular our competitive corporation tax system to do so for over 50 years What companies do outside of Ireland is beyond the scope of the Irish tax system We cannot conclusively determine the effective rate of tax paid under international tax structures by reference to taxation in Ireland alone but we continue to work with international bodies to ensure fair play

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  • PQ to Minister for Social Protection on child dependent payments – Thomas Pringle TD
    she will provide a breakdown of same Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Thursday 4th October 2012 R E P L Y Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T D There were 263 515 families in receipt of qualified child increases across the various social welfare schemes administered by the Department of Social Protection on the 31 st of December 2011 A breakdown by scheme is provided in the attached tabular statement Tabular table attached Scheme Families with Children Full Rate Qualified Child Increase Half Rate Qualified Child Increase State Pension Non Contributory 312 72 State Pension Contributory 1 055 1 046 State Pension Transition 121 134 Widow er s or Surviving Civil Partner s Contributory Pension 6 884 0 Death Benefit Pension 78 0 Jobseeker s Allowance 52 129 19 336 One Parent Family Payment 90 177 0 Supplementary Welfare Allowance 10 420 0 Farm Assist 3 389 970 Pre Retirement Allowance 177 46 Jobseeker s Benefit 7 803 8 308 Deserted Wife s Benefit 815 0 Health and Safety Benefit 2 5 Back to Work Allowance 40 16 Back to Work Enterprise Allowance 3 341 1 080 Back to Education Allowance 3 855 1 481 Disability Allowance 9 036 3 745 Blind Pension 135 74 Carer s Allowance 1 172 12 781 Illness Benefit 5 166 8 222 Interim Illness Benefit 24 17 Invalidity Pension 2 668 5 850 Injury Benefit 70 64 Disablement Pension 140 286 Carer s Benefit 40 933 Totals 199 049 64 466 Grand Total 263 515 Community Employment Tús and Rural Social Scheme are not included in this analysis ENDS Be Sociable Share Previous Story Parliamentary Question on the EU Israel Association Agreement Next Story Question to the Minister for Finance on corporation tax About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House

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