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  • ‘JOB CREATION MUST BE CONDITION OF SEAFOOD GRANT SCHEMES,’ PRINGLE – Thomas Pringle TD
    seafood business development and seafood processing schemes to ensure that the maximum number of jobs are created and maintained in the seafood processing sector Operated by Bord Iascaigh Mhara the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme which began in 2010 had the creation of employment as a key element in the selection of seafood processing projects for financial assistance under the Scheme but it was not mandatory Speaking in reply to questions posed by me Minister Coveney stated that he is proposing to change grant support for value added processing from 25 to 30 and reduce the grant rate for processing improvements to 20 in an effort to steer this sector towards value added processing to encourage diversification and job creation But grant announcements are misleading for workers in the fishing industry as it appears from grant announcements that are made that they are linked to the number of jobs but that these jobs are more aspirational and not really the deciding factor For example the Killybegs High Level Group Report in June 2011 announced the creation of 250 jobs based on grant approvals but these jobs are not a condition of grant aid making it difficult to verify if these jobs have been created and where While I welcome the increase in the value added grant there needs to be a focus on it creating jobs and I am calling on the Minister to create that concrete link by making job creation a condition for such grants stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE CONDEMNS BALLYSHANNON ARSON ATTACK Next Story RENT REDUCTIONS NEEDED FOR FISHERY HARBOUR TENANTS 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

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  • PRINGLE CONDEMNS BALLYSHANNON ARSON ATTACK – Thomas Pringle TD
    that the family received all the support they required and work with the community to make sure that there was a smooth transition for the family Luckily there were no injuries last night but will it take someone to be seriously hurt before these councillors take responsibility for their words and actions stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story ONLY MANDATORY SCHEME FOR SELF EMPLOYED WILL WORK PRINGLE Next Story JOB CREATION MUST BE CONDITION OF SEAFOOD GRANT SCHEMES PRINGLE 3 Comments Shamie Campbell 11th February 2013 at 6 47 pm Although I agree with your comments Thomas I do believe the council made an error of judgement in buying a house for 240 000 for social housing in an area where every other house holder either has a mortgage or has paid off a mortgage Totally wrong admin 12th February 2013 at 8 21 pm That may be Shamie but the reason the council are put in that situation is because of the actions or inaction of councillors in blocking all moves to provide for social housing for people who really need it Ballyshannon Resident 26th February 2013 at 12 07 pm I agree that the councillors shouldn t have made these comments You must realise there is a strong public opinion about this particular family in Ballyshannon and this isn t down to their good behaviour Perhaps you could take a trip down to Ballyshannon and ask the local people and shopkeepers about them There are plenty of alternative options for the council 1 Build an extension to their existing house 2 Build a separate house on council land in the estate where they already live 3 Use the empty house they already own on Station Road and do it up to a suitable standard so they can

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  • ‘ONLY MANDATORY SCHEME FOR SELF-EMPLOYED WILL WORK,’ PRINGLE – Thomas Pringle TD
    initiatives it called for a voluntary scheme for the self employed but I am of the firm belief that any such scheme must be mandatory to work effectively We have already seen how voluntary contributions worked for fishermen with only 20 individuals availing of this option in 2009 out of 1 400 fishermen Many of them probably subsequently regretted their decision not to pay the additional contributions and it is for that reason the contributions must be mandatory for the system to work There is a high level of unemployment and many were self employed but because of their status they are not entitled to Jobseeker s Benefit or disability benefits which can have untold consequences on the individual and his or her family I understand that a situation exists where on an actuarial basis self employed contributors receive more than they contribute to the Social Insurance Fund but these people must be protected when they are unemployed like any other person I have previously outlined that by doubling self employment contributions from 4 to 8 with such qualifying contributions being made for no less than 104 weeks we could provide for such people to be eligible for Jobseeker s Benefit and disability benefits without it having a massive impact on the Social Insurance Fund I have asked the Minister for Social Protection for an update on the progress of protecting the self employed when they become unemployed but unfortunately it appears that none has been made I am calling again on the Minister for Social Protection to give this proposal serious consideration which would give many a safety net in difficult circumstances stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story ANSWERS NEEDED ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT POLICY PRINGLE Next Story PRINGLE CONDEMNS BALLYSHANNON ARSON ATTACK About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2013/01/31/only-mandatory-scheme-for-self-employed-will-work-pringle/ (2016-02-16)
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  • ‘ANSWERS NEEDED ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT POLICY,’ PRINGLE – Thomas Pringle TD
    today Deputy Pringle asked if he had assessed the impact on local jobs of a public procurement circular that provides for single suppliers on a national level for day to day purchases for public bodies such as schools purchasing stationary and office supplies that can now only purchase these supplies from one provider Speaking on the matter the Independent for Donegal South West stated There are many small companies throughout the country that provide supplies to public bodies which will now suffer greatly and result in job losses as a result of this decision put in place by the National Procurement Service By choosing only one company to provide specific supplies is bad for competitiveness bad for business and very bad for jobs There are a number of local companies in Donegal that have provided supplies such as janitorial supplies to schools for many years and are now facing a bleak future When I highlighted these concerns to the Minister he accused local public sector managers of looking after their friends when choosing where to buy their goods from yet they seem to think choosing one company for the entire public service is somehow the right way to go If local jobs are lost which will happen if this is allowed to continue the value of the procurement framework is undermined and will end up costing more to the State I asked for the assessment on the impact of local jobs and I now await the evidence that this assessment was indeed carried out and I intend to follow up on with Minister Hayes on this stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story GOVERNMENT PAYING LIPSERVICE ON DONEGAL BURGLARIES ON ELDERLY PRINGLE Next Story ONLY MANDATORY SCHEME FOR SELF EMPLOYED WILL WORK PRINGLE About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2013/01/23/answers-needed-on-public-procurement-policy-pringle/ (2016-02-16)
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  • ‘GOVERNMENT PAYING LIPSERVICE ON DONEGAL BURGLARIES ON ELDERLY,’ PRINGLE – Thomas Pringle TD
    little or no consideration for what is needed on the ground It has been pretty clear for some time that there has been a major issue with burglaries targeting the elderly in Donegal The burglary and assault of two elderly people earlier this week as well as the recent such incidents involving an 84 year old woman and the brutal attack of a 96 year old woman are utterly despicable but unfortunately this has been an on going problem for some time now I have been extremely concerned about this issue for some time because of the lack of garda presence in rural areas and the further closure of five stations in Donegal that we are now facing and the fear this has caused I highlighted this issue to the Taoiseach in the Dáil late last year at Leaders Questions but it obviously fell on deaf ears and we are now seeing the brutal consequences of this government s attack on rural Ireland In response to my concerns today I was informed that the number of aggravated burglaries has gone down by over 17 in the last 12 months I think if Minister Shatter paid a visit to Donegal and spoke to the victims of these brutal crimes he would learn quickly enough that that is far from the case in Donegal with low garda presence allowing a small number of criminals to run rampant What is needed is the reversal of the decision to close these five stations and the provision of adequate resources on the ground in Donegal to deal with these burglaries which would send a clear message that this barbaric behaviour will not be tolerated in Donegal or anywhere else What the people of Donegal need is action not lip service stated Pringle Be Sociable Share

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  • PRINGLE CONDEMNS DONEGAL BURGLARIES ON ELDERLY – Thomas Pringle TD
    people yesterday as well as the recent such incidents involving an 84 year old woman and the brutal attack of a 96 year old woman are utterly despicable but unfortunately this has been an on going problem for some time now I have been extremely concerned about this issue for some time because of the lack of garda presence in rural areas and the further station closures that many are facing and the fear this has caused I highlighted this issue to the Taoiseach in the Dáil late last year but it obviously feel on deaf ears and we are now seeing the brutal consequences of this government s attack on rural Ireland Donegal has already seen cuts to garda presence which has led to the havoc we are now experiencing and with another 5 stations to close this year I am seriously concerned as to how such incidents will be dealt with as they appear to be struggling to cope with this spate of vicious burglaries as it is We heard today how Minister Shatter has been assured by the Garda Commissioner that it is an absolute priority to bring the people responsible to justice and that they are devoting all necessary resources to that end Well if they re relying on the resources available in Donegal they don t have much hope These criminals have no fear because they know they won t be caught as things stand The only answer is to increase garda presence and prevent any further closures so that a clear message is sent out that this barbaric behaviour will not be tolerated in Donegal or anywhere else stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story Closure of Mary s of Donegal shows government failure of domestic economy Next Story GOVERNMENT PAYING LIPSERVICE ON DONEGAL

    Original URL path: http://www.thomaspringle.ie/2013/01/16/pringle-condemns-donegal-burglaries-on-elderly/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Closure of Mary’s of Donegal shows government failure of domestic economy. – Thomas Pringle TD
    in Donegal Town continues Pringle Where are the commitments to end upward only rent reviews and reforms that assist businesses that this government promised asks Pringle These changes may not have helped in the situation Marys has found itself but they could have helped to return confidence to the local economy and encourage people to continue on and shown that the government has the interests of the local people at heart We can see what an export led recovery means for Donegal when only 28 of the 6 500 jobs created by the IDA are in the North West said Pringle The government has totally refused to provide any stimulus to job creation other than increasing the numbers on CE schemes We need more than that from the people who are charged with the recovery of the economy They could have used Budget 2013 to introduce a part time work initiative that would have provided 100 000 places for long term unemployed supported the creative economy in the North West that has the potential to create up to 18000 jobs in the next five years and provide additional capital spending that will create jobs and improve the conditions for future job creation in the country Instead the government attacks those that can least afford it and removes billions of Euros from the economy in a policy that even the IMF have said has failed continued Pringle All across Donegal retail premises are lying empty and more and more small businesses are considering their future and the government does nothing When will they take action and stop the decimation of our communities through unemployment stagnation and emigration asks Pringle What we need is a government that puts its people and citizens at the heart of decision making and not the FG

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  • PRINGLE SLAMS GOVERNMENT ON REFUSAL TO REVERSE CARERS’ CUT – Thomas Pringle TD
    to the Respite Care Grant also included calls to introduce induction training for carers as well as to provide free general practitioner care to full time family carers in recognition of the service they provide at considerable savings to the State Carers save this State 4 billion annually and the expenditure of 771 million in supports pales into insignificance against this saving While it has been widely stated in the Dáil the contribution that carers make for State they unfortunately still see it fit to cut the funds that these people rely on so heavily This motion provided for the provision of supports in terms of income and other measures that would recognise carers and show clearly that we as a State and society value them and the work that they do Minister Burton has stated that this grant is higher now than it was in 2002 but this is ten years on and carers should be able to expect that the grant would recognise the increased costs that they face and the fact that the grant goes to providing much needed resources for their loved one It is telling that only 5 000 of the 76 000 people in receipt of the grant are not receiving another carer s payment which shows that the grant is an income support and should not have been cut in such a callous way It s unsurprising that the government would be cynical enough to oppose an opposition motion but if they were thinking about the welfare of carers they would never have voted in favour of this cut in the first place stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT FISHING INDUSTRY Next Story Closure of Mary s of Donegal shows government failure of domestic economy About

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