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  • PRINGLE CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT FISHING INDUSTRY – Thomas Pringle TD
    threats are nothing new for fishing communities The EEC effectively strong armed us into giving away our rights to fish our own waters when we joined the union Now we re in a situation where these negotiations could affect the ability of the council to agree quotas for mackerel blue whiting and herring for 2013 and would also affect where Irish vessels can fish next month If that isn t enough we are facing double digit cuts in quota for almost all fish stocks which are vital to the Irish Fishing industry These proposed reductions would amount to direct income cuts for fishermen of 17 million and the full cost when the effects on fish factories and others are factored in are in the order of 54 million with up to 500 full and part time jobs under threat as part of these proposed cuts Year after year fishermen live in uncertainty as to where their futures lie and are in a constant battle to make a modest living The bureaucracy of the fishing industry on an EU level is taking its toll not only on fishermen but on fishing communities and the country as a whole A fundamental change in EU fishing policy is what is essentially required to ensure the sustainability of our communities trying to work within this policy is a zero sum game and we need a totally new policy that gives Ireland a fair share to achieve this What we need now is a contingency plan in the event of a breakdown of the Council and the loss of so many jobs but in the longer term reform of policy is what is required to ensure the survival of this industry and nothing less will do stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story GUINNESS BOOK

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  • ‘GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS BAILOUT BID SIGN OF THE TIMES’ – PRINGLE – Thomas Pringle TD
    Bailout as a sad day for Ireland but an accurate reflection of the unjust burden that has been put on the people An application has been lodged with the offices of the Guinness Book of Records to recognise Ireland s bank bailout as the World s Most Expensive Bank Bailout per capita The bid is being submitted by the campaign group Debt Justice Action on behalf of all of the people of Ireland who the group claims will each pay 16 500 to make this record attempt a reality with it being estimated that at least 67billion has been poured into Irish banks to date Speaking today on the matter the Independent TD for Donegal South West stated It is indeed a sad state of affairs when an application is being submitted on behalf of our country for such a matter yet it may very well be an accurate one and something we have the last government to thank for as well as the current one for following through with it In its supporting documents Debt Justice Ireland has included the most recent IMF working paper which recognises Ireland as having the costliest banking crisis in advanced economies since at least the Great Depression Coming from the crowd who have imposed such austerity on us is interesting and may well be the glowing reference that gets us this sought after prize The campaign group expects to hear back from the Guinness Book of Records within 4 6 weeks and we ll know then if we ve achieved this unique status stated Pringle Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE ATTACKS GOVERNMENT ON PRSI INCREASES Next Story PRINGLE CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT FISHING INDUSTRY About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co Donegal 074 97 41880

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  • PRINGLE ATTACKS GOVERNMENT ON PRSI INCREASES – Thomas Pringle TD
    Removing the 127 euro PRSI exemption threshold will cost every worker in this State earning anything above the minimum wage 264 per annum A person earning 18 000 a year will pay the same PRSI increase as us TDs on 92 000 how can you as a Labour minister justify that in any way We were told yesterday that we are near the end of austerity budgets but what this government fails to understand is that the people just can t take anymore This is yet another budget that fails to hit the highest earners in society and targets the vulnerable in a brutal way This government has clearly lost sight of what people are experiencing on the ground and they ve had enough Minister Noonan said PRSI was good value especially for those on the lower part of the income distribution and those with shorter contribution histories I think if these people s voices were heard they would say good value is when the money s in their pockets Labour made much of wanting to increase the Universal Social Charge on those earning over 100 000 per year and lost that battle to their masters in coalition yet they are happy to remove the PRSI threshold Labour does not protect the vulnerable they are targeting them further and further Fine Gael guaranteed no increases in income tax but for low income workers PRSI is tax on income To say you have not increased income tax is misleading at best Day after day for the last week we were told by ministers that this budget would be fair and that those who can pay would but we can see now where the truth lies Be Sociable Share Previous Story BUDGET ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE VULNERABLE STATES PRINGLE Next Story GUINNESS

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  • ‘BUDGET ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE VULNERABLE’ STATES PRINGLE – Thomas Pringle TD
    the second half of next year the property tax is to commence with few exemptions and I am outraged that those on low incomes who are granted deferrals until they are considered able to pay are being charged 4 interest The so called mansion tax taxing 0 25 of households over 1 million in value is unlikely to generate much savings as it is based on the current value of the property and is a poor excuse for a wealth tax which would be based on income and would generate so much more By removing the PRSI ceiling this means that a person earning 18 000 a year will be taxed the same as a higher earner such as a TD which is profoundly wrong and something which this government should be ashamed of What is also of great concern to me is that PRSI contributions for the self employed are to be doubled from 250 to 500 without any access to benefits in times of hardship which means that the self employed are being charged more for less This also disincentives those looking to set up businesses and create employment which is quite ironic considering how Minister Noonan today emphasised the importance of SMEs Day after day for the last week or so we were told by ministers that this budget would be fair and that those who can pay would but we can see now where the truth lies The low earners and vulnerable of this country are left again to bear the brunt of cuts and have the Fine Gael Labour coalition to blame We are told that we are near the end of austerity budgets but what this government fails to understand is that the people just can t take anymore This is yet another budget

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  • PRINGLE CRITICISES LEAKED PROPERTY TAX – Thomas Pringle TD
    begin when Local Authorities will levy the charge The Revenue is to collect the tax with it being very likely that they will have the same problem as the Local Government Management Agency in identifying the property owners and the 700 000 people who have refused to register for the household tax making the implementation of this unfair tax very difficult The self assessment procedure is also very burdensome on those being dealt with the task to value their own homes with penalties applying if they don t get it right Minister Noonan has stated today that Budget 2013 will impact on those who can afford it but we can see here that this is clearly not the case I would call on all those against the household charge and the upcoming property tax to voice their opposition on Saturday December 8th at 2pm at Mr Chippie car park Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE CALLS FOR CHILDREN S DIABETES SERVICES NATIONWIDE Next Story BUDGET ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE VULNERABLE STATES PRINGLE 2 Comments Frankie lavelle 2nd December 2012 at 1 17 am Hi Thomas I am new to facebook it s my daughter s idea to join up I had an idea after attending a few protests regarding household charge The numbers attending Were far short of my expectations My idea is to make it handy for those who can t attend A simple homemade red flag on the front gate front lawn can be a means of protest against the property tax Of you like this idea maybe get an old red shirt and make a flag for yourself and one or two for the other independents up there in Dublin or even for a neighbour who might be against the property tax I did this myself today

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  • PRINGLE CALLS FOR CHILDREN’S DIABETES SERVICES NATIONWIDE – Thomas Pringle TD
    provision of insulin pump services for children in Letterkenny General Hospital For an estimated cost of 95 000 insulin pump services can be provided to the 138 children that access diabetes care in Letterkenny We have seen that availability of services in our hospitals is kept below a line from Galway to Dublin with citizens living in the north and northwest being forced to travel long distances to access treatment At the moment twenty families are travelling to Dublin hospitals to access care and in many cases they are undergoing journey times of up to five or six hours For many the logistics and costs involved in travelling and accessing treatment make it a difficult decision What should be a priority for the government is to provide fair and equal access to treatment for patients where you live in this country should not be the deciding factor in whether you can get treatment Fifty per cent of children with diabetes develop long term complications due to their illness and properly controlling their insulin levels in childhood can reduce the long term effects of the condition So this investment would have long term benefits for the health budget and improve the quality of life of sufferers This government needs to recognise that the investment required would actually save money in the long term by reducing the risk of complications from diabetes for patients and ease the burden on the health services This issue goes beyond the catchment policy of some specialised hospitals this service is not highly specialised and by a modest investment would be an efficient and cost effective way of treating children with diabetes in the best way possible Be Sociable Share Previous Story PRINGLE SUBMITS PRE BUDGET PROPOSAL Next Story PRINGLE CRITICISES LEAKED PROPERTY TAX About admin Contact

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  • PRINGLE SUBMITS PRE-BUDGET PROPOSAL – Thomas Pringle TD
    domestic economy and not giving citizens any confidence to invest in the limited circumstances that may be available to them By taxing high income earners in a more proportionate manner increasing the PRSI contribution for self employed contributors to 8 introducing a part time work scheme making some minor adjustments to the child benefit payment and investing in creative industries could lead to an increase in revenue of 880m without having to cut expenditure in the areas of social protection education and health From this it is possible to increase revenue without the need to target low income earners and other vulnerable groups in society which would in reality only moderately affect those on higher incomes but with considerable savings This in turns allows additional revenue generated to be used to fund the deficits in the Health Education and Social Expenditure budgets and activation measures in the proposal This budget submission is by no means complete due to the limited resources available but it lays the foundation for creating some fairness and by proposing tax increases on those that can afford to contribute more and by not reducing expenditure on vital social services attempts to give the domestic economy some room to breathe and encourage growth The impact on our society will be immeasurable and the damage very difficult to undo if we continue on the path of fiscal adjustment outlined by the government and the troika We need a debate on the impact of the policies being pursued and a mandate for the government to renegotiate the terms of our funding Giving the economy and society a breathing space may generate the growth that the government require to lessen the impact of the fiscal adjustment so far ENDS Deputy Pringle s pre budget submission can be viewed here http

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  • PRINGLE LAMBASTES GOVERNMENT ON GARDA STATION CLOSURES – Thomas Pringle TD
    a further 88 stations have just two serving gardaí while 40 stations are without any permanent garda assigned to duty This should not be used as a reason to close stations but to reconsider the ban on new recruits Counties like Donegal Galway Mayo and many others could face massive closures because of this As things stand it can take a squad car from the nearest station up to two hours if you re lucky to get to its destination even in an emergency I know of one incident in Donegal where a squad car had to travel 50 miles to a serious arson incident and there are numerous areas in Donegal that have been plagued by burglaries and vandalism where the criminals have no fear because they know they won t be caught It s gotten to the stage where people are so frightened that some living on their own lock themselves in their bedroom at night and leave 50 euro on the kitchen table That is no way to live and the fact that this is what s going on before these proposed massive closures makes it all the more worrying We have already seen the closure of nearly 40 stations this year with it being reported that up to 80 stations could face closure by the end of the year This isn t efficient this is dangerous I understand that the Garda Commissioner is expected to complete his list of recommended stations for closure any day now on foot of these statistics but what we need to know is what exactly is this government s plan on tackling crime in rural areas and how exactly can you equate less stations and less gardaí with more efficiency How many more closures will we see by the year s

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