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  • LONG AWAITED BRIDGE IN FINTRA APPROVED – Thomas Pringle TD
    stated It is very welcome news to see that the Part 8 planning will be granted for Fintra Bridge at Monday s meeting of Donegal County Council This bridge is a vital link for the communities of Killybegs Kilcar and Glen It is also the main access to the world renown Slieve League Cliffs that Donegal County Council want to see develop into a major tourist attraction in the southwest During my time on the council I kept this bridge on the priority list for the Donegal Electoral Area but unfortunately we were not able to secure funding for it I wish to commend Cllr John Campbell for keeping the bridge on the agenda and getting it to the point where there is now planning for the bridge Commenting on the decision Cllr Campbell said Getting Fintra Bridge to this stage has been one of my priorities since joining the council in 2011 and I am delighted that we have now secured the planning and design of a new bridge I know that Deputy Pringle has raised the issue of funding for Fintra Bridge in the Dáil and will continue to push to see money provided for this vital project This government needs to ensure that projects such as this are funded in our county and that communities can have reliable connections to the rest of the county I gave a commitment to Thomas and the communities that I would continue to keep the bridge prioritised when I took over from him and I won t stop until it s completed We must now ensure that the funding is secured so that this much needed improvement can begin as soon as possible for the benefit of everyone in the surrounding communities added Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE CALLS

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/01/24/long-awaited-bridge-in-fintra-approved/ (2016-02-16)
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  • PRINGLE CALLS FOR FIBRE BROADBAND FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD – Thomas Pringle TD
    a company that already has a relationship with every household and business in the country consequently it is a perfect fit for it to be able to provide fibre optic broadband by wrapping fibre on their existing networks The ESB already has fibre wrapped on its transmission network nationwide which has linked the metropolitan area networks around the country While this is useful the real difference and impact can be made as the company starts to roll out fibre onto the connections to houses and businesses nationwide The existing policy up to now on providing broadband has been to rely on the market and has left many areas behind including rural areas but also areas where people are trying to operate businesses and create and maintain jobs In recent years we have relied on mobile telephony to provide broadband and bridge the gap this has failed and is not capable of providing the service people need The provider for the rural broadband scheme 3 wants to build 160 masts to provide its broadband service across the country We know everything this invokes in communities across the country when masts are erected and this legislation gives us the opportunity to avoid all that In Ireland approximately 2 3 of households have access to a fibre connection It has been estimated that the creative industries in the north west region alone could create approximately 18 000 jobs simply by improving access to the internet in order for them to sell their wares on it We now need to ensure as wide a roll out as possible of the fibre optic network and we should look to invest in this as a state to assist the ESB in providing this service because it would pay huge dividends in the long run and as

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/01/23/pringle-calls-for-fibre-broadband-for-every-household/ (2016-02-16)
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  • PRINGLE WELCOMES REPORT ON SUSTAINING RURAL COASTAL AND ISLAND COMMUNITIES – Thomas Pringle TD
    of which I am a member heard from the Aranmore Island fishermen on the difficulties they are facing in maintaining their traditional fisheries particularly after the ban on drift netting that ended the salmon fishery for inshore fishermen These problems are something I am only too familiar with in my constituency of Donegal With 29 substantive recommendations the sub Committee has identified the current socio economic situation in rural coastal and island communities and examined how government policy can be enhanced to foster alternative industries and services for such communities Of particular interest is the recommendation on the introduction of a heritage license that would be for inshore and island fishermen and take account of their traditional fishing methods and lifestyle The report also contains a number of recommendations which places special regard on the need to assess socio economic impacts in relation to the measuring of statistics in coastal communities that would make measuring the impact of policy changes easier The implementation of an adequate fish counting system on our rivers to provide full data on returning salmon stocks to assist in the scientific measurement is another recommendation which I welcome Additionally the report calls for consideration of a pilot programme that would see a limited return of drift netting for salmon as part of the scientific data collection to fully and to everyone s satisfaction assess the state of the wild salmon stock This would be for a limited period of say two to three years While I welcome these recommendations it is vital that we pave the way for implementation to ensure that our rural coastal and island communities are able to thrive stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story WATER SERVICES BILL A FARCE Next Story PRINGLE CALLS FOR FIBRE BROADBAND FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD About admin

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2014/01/14/pringle-welcomes-report-on-sustaining-rural-coastal-and-island-communities/ (2016-02-16)
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  • WATER SERVICES BILL A FARCE – Thomas Pringle TD
    given a measly 3 hours to go through all stages in the Dáil which is an absolute disgrace and an affront to democracy something which has become a common feature of this current Fine Gael Labour government Today myself and fellow opposition TDs staged a mass walkout in the Dáil in response to the government s insistence on rushing through this important legislation There are many parts of this Bill that cause great concern not least that there are no protections for consumers allowing Irish Water to apply for price hikes whenever they wish It has even been said that they may seek a hike in charges if households become more efficient and use less water making them less profit which is utterly bizarre If that wasn t bad enough there are no protections for local authority staff at the end of service level agreement after 12 years which could leave them in a very difficult situation particularly if the government decides to sell off Irish Water then This also leads to legacy pensions of Irish Water staff with the local authorities leaving the local authorities without any means to recoup the cost I had proposed amendments to deal with all of these issues but unfortunately they won t be heard now all we wanted was adequate time to debate this Bill but the government denied us that It s unlikely that the government will see the error of their ways but it is the responsibility of public representatives to continue to fight against any wrongs made against the Irish people and that is what we have done today stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story QUOTAS FOR NEXT YEAR NOT ENOUGH Next Story PRINGLE WELCOMES REPORT ON SUSTAINING RURAL COASTAL AND ISLAND COMMUNITIES About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2013/12/19/water-services-bill-a-farce/ (2016-02-16)
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  • QUOTAS FOR NEXT YEAR NOT ENOUGH – Thomas Pringle TD
    quota talks in Brussels where the Minister has again secured the best possible deal for Irish fishermen Each December marine ministers gather to allocate the annual Total Allowable Catch to the EU fleets and we in Ireland are faced with the prospect of disaster in the run up to the negotiations and then the situation is saved by the Minister at the talks But the reality is that the income of many fishermen will be reduced in 2014 as the difficulty of fishing mixed stocks with different levels of quota will have a considerably negative impact The new CFP was supposed to see an increase in quota to allow for the phased withdrawal of discarding where does that lie now The problem that Ireland faces every year is relative stability a process that ensures that member states have to receive proportional quotas based on historical catch history established in the 1980s This is where the theft of Irish quota was completed a process that started as we negotiated to join the EU in the 1960s when the EU realised what we were bringing to the table and we did not Unless the Minister starts a political process to build alliances to have relative stability reformed we will see the Irish fishing communities continue to decline making a mockery of the EU s so called ideals of seeing balanced development across the union I have no doubt that the Minister and his officials fought hard to secure a better deal for Ireland but the cards are continually stacked against them What is needed is fundamental reform of this flawed policy stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story CHRISTMAS BONUS MUST BE RESTORED Next Story WATER SERVICES BILL A FARCE About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2013/12/18/quotas-for-next-year-not-enough/ (2016-02-16)
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  • CHRISTMAS BONUS MUST BE RESTORED – Thomas Pringle TD
    to those who have faced the brunt of cutbacks over the last few years There is no doubt that the return of this bonus which was equivalent to 100 of the normal weekly payment would have a massive impact on many people including pensioners one parent families the unemployed and carers who rely heavily on their social welfare payments and have faced a lot of hardship in recent years I don t think double what they get in one week for Christmas is a lot to ask for and I know for a fact that the hardship people are going through in Donegal and all over the country has made it impossible for people reliant on these payments to save for Christmas with some getting themselves into serious debt from taking out loans This measure would cost 260 million but that does not take account of the extra revenue that would be generated through VAT and Excise Duty receipts from people spending the bonus When this payment was scrapped in 2009 Labour said that Fianna Fáil had cancelled Christmas It s now in Labour and Fine Gael s hands to relieve some of the pressure that has been unfairly put on these people s shoulders and I commend fellow independent TD Patrick Nulty for putting this issue on the table I will be putting pressure on the government to reintroduce the Christmas Bonus and I would encourage everyone to contact their government TDs to that effect stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE WELCOMES REPORT ON GROCERY SECTOR Next Story QUOTAS FOR NEXT YEAR NOT ENOUGH 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

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2013/12/04/christmas-bonus-must-be-restored/ (2016-02-16)
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  • PRINGLE WELCOMES REPORT ON GROCERY SECTOR – Thomas Pringle TD
    conduct in the grocery goods sector and this is to be most welcomed This would ensure that all of the multiples are bound by a code that ensures fairness and equity to all including the producers and suppliers The multiples have not convinced the committee nor myself that a statutory code should not be introduced as they have argued They have not produced any evidence that the cost of compliance would increase significantly as they claim in fact they claim that they are totally compliant as it is Therefore mine and the Committee s view is that it should be possible for them to comply with a statutory code without too much trouble Since the beginning of these hearings into the retail sector I outlined my concerns that a voluntary code of conduct would have no teeth and I m glad that this has been taken on board For too long the multiples have had complete control over below cost selling and predatory pricing practices with little accountability and this has had a negative impact on many suppliers trying to break into the market Also included in the recommendations is that there should be assistance with compliance costs for small retailers and suppliers and I think this is fair The multiples had previously argued that compliance with a code of conduct would drive up costs for consumers which is interesting considering they maintain they ve already upheld these standards thus far But with another recommendation regarding greater transparency and the publication of profits it will be interesting to see how that might work out for them But I am very happy with the recommendations in this report and look forward to seeing how they shape the upcoming Competition Bill stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story BUDGET MAKES SAVAGE CUTS

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2013/10/23/pringle-welcomes-report-on-grocery-sector/ (2016-02-16)
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  • BUDGET MAKES SAVAGE CUTS ON YOUNG AND OLD – Thomas Pringle TD
    those who rely on supports the most in order to have a decent standard of living The young and the old have been targeted in a massive way today Young people who are unemployed are being dealt a massive blow with a Jobseekers Allowance cut to a measly 100 a week While between the scrapping of the telephone allowance the raising of the prescription charge to 2 50 and the changes to the criteria for Medical Cards for those over 70 I think it s fair to say that the elderly are the biggest losers in Budget 2014 On top of that expectant mothers have been hit again this time with a standardised payment on top of the taxation of the payment that was introduced last year Savers including small savers have been hit by the DIRT increase to 41 and the reduction in Supplementary Welfare Allowance and Rent Allowance by changing eligibility will hit another vulnerable group As if that wasn t bad enough the Bereavement Grant is being slashed completely something which many families rely on to send off their loved ones In my joint budget proposal launched last week with other independents we proposed no further expenditure cuts which would have left us with a deficit of 5 8 in 2014 This government has today imposed 2 5 billion in measures to reduce the deficit by just 1 We re being told that the end of austerity is nigh but in reality things have just gotten bleaker for many stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE LAUNCHES BUDGET PROPOSAL WITH INDEPENDENTS Next Story PRINGLE WELCOMES REPORT ON GROCERY SECTOR 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

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