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  • PRINGLE CALLS ON GOV TD TO SUPPORT SURVIVAL OF POST OFFICES – Thomas Pringle TD
    being an issue of major concern for many people across Donegal This Fine Gael Labour government is taking a business as usual approach on this matter while completely failing to recognise the unique social and cultural importance of rural post offices to the communities they serve I recognise the potential of post offices to deliver more services to the community and fully support that but the post office is not a commercial entity and should not be treated as such So it concerns me to see Deputy McHugh taking that view in line with the government as that is exactly the narrow minded approach that has the death knell ringing over post offices in communities across Donegal in the first place Next week a motion is being put forward in the Dáil by myself and my colleagues in the technical group which calls on the government to maintain the post office network and sets out viable steps to achieve this Deputy McHugh has stated that it is the responsibility of the government to realise a long term plan on the future of the postal service so will he vote in favour of this motion that has the support of the Postmasters Union Over the next 2 years over 400 post offices could close while we wait for this government to act The rollout of the Standard Bank Account and the inclusion of social clauses in tendering both included in the motion would ensure their viability Instead of giving the impression of supporting the survival of the post office network will Deputy McHugh put his money where his mouth is and support this motion next week Post offices in our communities are facing closure so it s only action not words that will make the difference stated Pringle Be Sociable Share

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/02/20/pringle-calls-on-gov-td-to-support-survival-of-post-offices/ (2016-02-16)
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  • PRINGLE CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO GSOC INCIDENT – Thomas Pringle TD
    meeting held by the Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions we had the Taoiseach and Minister Shatter insisting that there is nothing to report or investigate We now know as had been strongly suspected that this is far from the case Instead of recognising the critical importance of this matter we have had the powers that be go on the attack and question the integrity of the Ombudsman s Commission rather than taking the reports seriously and dealing with them We have even been treated to our Taoiseach wrongly quoting a supposed obligation on GSOC to report this issue to the Minister and thereby trying to cast a doubt in the public mind about the issue In a functioning democracy the reaction of the leader of the state to such serious reports should be to initiate an investigation without delay by an independent body to get to the bottom of the issue and find out where culpability lies but instead he has gone on the attack There is a major crisis here and a very serious challenge to our democracy that cannot be ignored The least we should be able to expect is that our government would be concerned about this It should be blatantly obvious to everyone that there is an urgent need to have this incident investigated fully and independently to restore confidence in the administration of justice We have to be assured that the Ombudsman s Commission can carry on its work providing oversight and accountability for the Gardaí I call on the Minister and the government to initiate a comprehensive independent investigation into whether the Ombudsman s office had been bugged Only an external investigation can achieve that and restore all our trust stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE CALLS FOR QUALITY

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/02/13/pringle-calls-for-independent-inquiry-into-gsoc-incident/ (2016-02-16)
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  • PRINGLE CALLS FOR QUALITY PUBLIC CHILDCARE SYSTEM – Thomas Pringle TD
    workforce I believe that we need to have a system where pre school and childcare should be provided along the lines of the education system in the country An integrated childcare and education system is the only long term and sustainable solution Every week I meet women both lone parents and married who are being put under pressure by the Department of Social Protection to be actively seeking work who cannot access not only affordable but any childcare that would allow them to access work if there was any work out there for them Childcare costs account for 29 of a couple s net income and 51 of a lone parent s income In the EU the comparable figures are 9 8 and 9 respectively A family in this state with two children in full time childcare will spend over 16 000 pa The use of relatives is the most common form of non parental childcare in this state with only 27 of children being cared for in centre based care This clearly shows that cost is the major factor in parents accessing childcare The solution to this problem is not I believe the piecemeal system of supports for childcare as outlined in the motion by Fianna Fáil a system of social welfare provision and tax breaks This will only continue to fragment the childcare provision in the state and will not provide for long term solutions So if we want to provide quality childcare and a decent standard of living for childcare workers we need a new model a model based on public provision and integrated into the education system stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story BUNBEG POST OFFICE MUST STAY OPEN Next Story PRINGLE CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO GSOC INCIDENT About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/02/13/pringle-calls-for-quality-public-childcare-system/ (2016-02-16)
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  • BUNBEG POST OFFICE MUST STAY OPEN – Thomas Pringle TD
    between community representatives and officials from An Post to discuss the on going public consultation regarding the future of Bunbeg Post Office and reiterated the importance of this service continuing into the future Gweedore has suffered a loss of banking services in recent years and very much rely on the services that this post office has to offer To date there have been 2 800 signatures on the petition from the local community to keep it open and over 236 letters from members of the public plus letters from the business community that use this post office for banking services This clearly shows the importance of this post office to the local community Apart from that Bunbeg has the only wheelchair accessible post office in the local area and the social aspect of this to many people must to be recognised also this is something which I stressed to the representatives today With that being said I believe An Post could do more to provide banking services there and make it wider known to the surrounding areas and allow this post office to reach its full potential so that everyone can benefit from the service The consultation process with the local community on the future of the post office ends this Friday and a decision will be made 7 10 days later On the 26 th and 27 th of February the Technical group will be putting forward a motion to protect our rural post offices and I look forward to further highlighting this issue then stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE WELCOMES DOWN SYNDROME BILL Next Story PRINGLE CALLS FOR QUALITY PUBLIC CHILDCARE SYSTEM About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co Donegal 074 97 41880 thomas pringle oir ie Latest News

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/02/12/bunbeg-post-office-must-stay-open/ (2016-02-16)
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  • PRINGLE WELCOMES DOWN SYNDROME BILL – Thomas Pringle TD
    a regular basis I understand the implications of not having Down Syndrome recognised as a low incidence disorder and the urgent need for these children to receive resource teaching hours so that their specific educational needs may be addressed Currently for Down Syndrome children with mild learning disabilities special needs teaching comes from set hours each school must share out to all pupils with less severe learning difficulties This causes many complications as was noted by the report from Children s Ombudsman Emily Logan last May when she criticised the department s response to previous complaints about the policy I have been working on this issue for some time and have pressed Minister Quinn and the National Council for Special Education on this issue many times Time after time I was informed that as highlighted in the National Council for Special Education s report on Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs in Schools which was published last May children should be allocated additional resources in line with their level of need rather than by disability category This effectively means that Down Syndrome should not be recognised as a low incidence disorder In some ways I welcome the direction that has been taken in this regard what I ve had problems with is the children who are left in the dark while this new approach is being devised as it certainly won t happen overnight That is why I have supported Down Syndrome being recognised as a low incidence disorder What I fear now is that this Bill may be put on the backburner and I think we all deserve an honest explanation for the change of heart because right now it seems like a ploy to keep us all quiet Down Syndrome Ireland and so many parents nationwide as well

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/02/07/pringle-welcomes-down-syndrome-bill/ (2016-02-16)
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  • PRINGLE WELCOMES DECISION TO RETAIN ARRANMORE DISTRICT NURSE – Thomas Pringle TD
    NURSE PRINGLE WELCOMES DECISION TO RETAIN ARRANMORE DISTRICT NURSE By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 28th January 2014 Thomas Pringle TD has welcomed today s decision by the HSE to reverse the cut to the public health nurse service on Arranmore Island describing as a victory for the people that demonstrates the power of protest I am delighted to hear that the HSE has seen common sense and reversed their decision to cut back on this vital service for the people of Arranmore The community put in tremendous effort over the last few days to stop this from happening and I commend their hard work and community spirit that has so clearly paid off Yesterday I was in Arranmore where I met with the local committee tasked with reversing this decision and I contacted the HSE directly to discuss the matter so it is welcome news that the HSE listened to these voices of concern Thanks to the immense effort of the campaign group and the attention it attracted the HSE was brought to its senses It s times like this when we see what the power of people working towards a common goal can achieve and I congratulate the people of Arranmore for their victory over the Goliath stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story LONG AWAITED BRIDGE IN FINTRA APPROVED Next Story PRINGLE WELCOMES DOWN SYNDROME BILL 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

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  • Insultation programme for council houses – Thomas Pringle TD
    driving job creation Home Follow Thomas Insultation programme for council houses Insultation programme for council houses By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 3rd November 2014 Over the past few years I have received alot of queries from Council tenants about insufficient insulation in their houses which needed upgrading I am happy to have been informed this week from Donegal County Council that the Department of Environment Community and Local Government has made monies available for an insulation programme The Insulation programme was been an ongoing programme over the last few years where only vacant council houses were eligible for upgrading however due to the increase in monies available it is expected that this programme will be rolled out to occupied council houses in 2015 I am going to keep in close contact with Donegal County Council regarding this matter and I really do hope that all occupied council houses across Donegal will benefit from this programme If you have any queries regarding this programme please do not hesitate to contact my office on 074 97 41880 Thomas Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas speaks at Right2Water Protest Next Story WATER CONSERVATION CLAIM OUSTED PRINGLE 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 Burton to provide additional funding for community services programmes February 11 2016 11 23 am HIGHLAND RADIO Pringle claims other alternative

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/11/03/insultation-programme-for-council-houses/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Thomas Pringle TD asks question on UN Reform – Thomas Pringle TD
    Marine Biomass in Donegal Local supply and local demand driving job creation Home Dáil Questions Thomas Pringle TD asks question on UN Reform Thomas Pringle TD asks question on UN Reform By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 7th October 2014 Thomas asks the Minister his views on UN reform following the French proposal for changes to the operation of the Security Council to remove the veto power of the Council Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Pringle TD asks question on contact with NI authorities re prisioners rights Next Story Question on when the 2013 report by the special rapporteur on child protection will be published 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/10/07/thomas-pringle-td-asks-question-on-un-reform/ (2016-02-16)
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