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  • Gov’t Says No Recognizing Armenian Genocide – Thomas Pringle TD
    Government s approach in some detail in a series of recent replies In particular I would recall that the sympathy of the Irish people for the dreadful suffering of Armenians was conveyed by President Higgins to President Sargsyan of Armenia on the occasion of the centenary commemoration event in Yerevan attended by our Ambassador John Biggar As my earlier replies make clear the Irish Government has never adopted a view on this issue because Ireland is not in a position to adjudicate on this contentious matter involving the consideration of complex legal issues and an assessment of the actions and intentions of many parties in 1915 and following years This centenary year has been marked by parliamentary initiatives in various countries around the world including those referred to by Deputy Pringle However it remains the case that these events have not been recognised as genocide by the UN nor by the vast majority of its member States whether in Europe or elsewhere I thank Deputy Byrne for drawing my attention to correspondence he received on this issue in which there is a call for a bill resolution or motion recognizing the Armenian genocide to be introduced into this House I welcome the recent discussion at the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade in which the Deputy participated and I note the outcome I believe the members of this House share my hope that Armenia and Turkey would avail of any opportunity to advance reconciliation between their two peoples for the benefit of both countries and of the wider region There have been important developments in the region not least the recent elections in Turkey and I believe the message of reconciliation including normalisation of their bilateral relations could find a positive response Be Sociable Share Previous Story Thomas Calls

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  • Temporary Shortage of BCG Vaccine in Letterkenny Hospital – Thomas Pringle TD
    DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar by Deputy Thomas Pringle for WRITTEN ANSWER on 23 06 2015 To ask the Minister for Health the reason for the temporary shortage of supplies of the tuberculosis BCG vaccine in Letterkenny Hospital in County Donegal and in the monthly clinics in Buncrana Dungloe and Donegal Town and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle T D REPLY The BCG vaccine is currently part of the primary childhood immunisation schedule and is provided by the HSE The vaccine is given to protect babies against Tuberculosis TB In Ireland the number of cases of TB has been falling and there were no cases in young children in 2014 In Ireland BCG vaccine expired at the end of April 2015 The licensed supplier has informed the HSE that the BCG vaccine will be delivered into Ireland in late July All European countries are experiencing delays with the supply of BCG vaccine The HSE is liaising with the Health Products Regulatory Authority HPRA about sourcing a possible alternative Important to note that the shortage is not just confined to Letterkenny The HSE will arrange appointments for vaccination clinics when the BCG vaccine supply is restored Be Sociable Share Previous Story Irish Water May Affect Budget 2016 Figures Next Story Thomas Calls for Living Wage to Protect Seasonal Workers 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

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  • Irish Water May Affect Budget 2016 Figures – Thomas Pringle TD
    for Finance the reason Irish Water was included in the Government balance sheet for the Spring Economic Statement and the extent to which the inclusion of Irish Water affected the figures provided in relation to the finances available for Government expenditure and if he will make a statement on the matter REPLY As per Parliamentary Question 163 of the 15th of April 2015 14545 15 and Box 1 on page 15 of the April 2015 Stability Programme Update SPU Irish Water is provisionally classified within general government pending a final classification decision by Eurostat This is a closed process and the CSO are now awaiting a final adjudication in relation to the matter Following the decision the final treatment regarding classification will be reflected in the October EDP notification and Budget 2016 publication The effect of this treatment on the general government figures as outlined on page 15 of the SPU can be summarised as follows 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Net impact on GGB bn 0 34 0 58 0 39 0 26 0 29 0 45 0 37 Net impact on GGB pp of GDP 0 18 0 29 0 19 0 12 0 13 0 19 0 15 Net impact on GGDebt pp of GDP 0 08 0 29 0 47 0 57 0 67 0 83 0 95 Source Department of Finance CSO Department of Environment Community and Local Government Be Sociable Share Previous Story Previous Post Next Story Temporary Shortage of BCG Vaccine in Letterkenny Hospital 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

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  • Thomas Pringle TD
    Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears the CCMA provides a strong consumer protection framework to ensure that borrowers struggling to keep up mortgage repayments are treated in a fair and transparent manner by their lender and that long term resolution is sought by lenders with each of their borrowers The Central Bank uses a number of methods to monitor compliance with consumer protection requirements such as ongoing interaction with financial service providers and industry themed inspections general reviews on a particular topic monitoring of financial services advertising market intelligence and mystery shopping However where a firm is not regulated the Central Bank is not in a position to monitor voluntary compliance with the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears As a result the Government brought forward the Consumer Protection Regulation of Credit Servicing Firms Bill 2015 to protect consumers When enacted this Bill will ensure that borrowers retain the protections they had before the loan book was sold including the protections of the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears and the Consumer Protection Code This Bill provides for the regulation of the activity of credit servicing and the credit servicing firms engaged in such activity This legislation will require all entities dealing with the consumer in this activity to be authorised by the Central Bank and subject to its Codes of Conduct Owners of loan books who deal directly with consumers that is who are servicing their own loan books will be regulated Otherwise they can have the loan book serviced by a regulated credit servicing firm Either way the entity dealing with the customer will be regulated and this will ensure that borrowers retain the protections they had before their loan was sold The Bill was passed by the Dáil on 17 June and I look forward to its

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  • Special Areas of Conservation – Thomas Pringle TD
    Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys T D In the exercise of their functions all public authorities have a statutory responsibility to avoid the deterioration of habitats and species protected under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives and to exercise their functions and powers in compliance with the requirements of those Directives These obligations are set out in the European Communities Birds and Natural Habitats Regulations 2011 and in the Planning and Development Acts All public authorities including my Department are obliged to ensure that they do not undertake adopt or give consent for any plan or project that may adversely affect the integrity of a European site designated under the Birds or Habitats Directives Compliance with this requirement involves a screening process to determine whether plans or projects would be likely to have a significant effect on a European site and where such a possible effect is identified an appropriate assessment of the plans or projects is required in accordance with Article 6 3 and 4 of the Habitats Directive in addition to national law Public authorities may consider mitigation measures in the course of conducting an appropriate assessment Any such mitigation must effectively address all potential effects of the activity in question and such mitigation proposals and methods must be proven and set out in detail The Court of Justice of the EU has made it clear that in accordance with Article 6 3 of the Habitats Directive a project or plan should only be authorised if the relevant authority has made certain that the project or plan will not adversely affect the integrity of a protected site Be Sociable Share Previous Story No Promise to Increase Funding for Heritage Council Next Story Thomas Speaks on Central Bank Code of Conduct Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not

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  • No Promise to Increase Funding for Heritage Council – Thomas Pringle TD
    of the Heritage Council s call for an increase in funding for local heritage projects and if she will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For ORAL answer on Thursday 18th June 2015 Ref No 23906 15 Lottery 40 R E P L Y Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Ms Heather Humphreys T D The scope for financial support for the conservation of the built heritage is currently constrained by the significant reduction in the public finances Nonetheless I keep the competing priorities regarding the preservation and enhancement of the national heritage under on going review having regard to the resources available to my Department The Heritage Council which my Department funds has been allocated a sum of 4 743m in 2015 to fund its role of supporting heritage infrastructure and promoting pride and best practice in the conservation and sustainable management of heritage assets It is primarily a matter for the Council to decide how its funding should be allocated having regard to competing priorities for limited resources The Heritage Council operates a number of grant schemes for heritage projects and recently awarded funding of 547 000 to 197 heritage projects nationwide under its 2015 Community based Heritage Grants Scheme The scheme which supports the continuing conservation and development of Irish heritage through local community based groups is expected to generate total investment of more than 1 million Be Sociable Share Previous Story Previous Post Next Story Special Areas of Conservation 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

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  • Dáil Questions – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 14
    Ref No 17346 15 To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if her Childcare Costs too High for Lone Parents Question No 11 Ref No 17345 15 To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the options Available Supports for Island Communities DAIL QUESTION NO 24 To ask the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht the range of current Preservation of Monuments Role of Minister DAIL QUESTION NO 11 To ask the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht the role her Recreational Blue Fin Tuna in Ireland Parliamentary Question No 70 To ask the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine if consideration Yacht Cruise Tourism the Coole Route Project Dáil Question No 36 To ask the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport his plans to Irish Postmasters Union Six Point Plan To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources if he will take Humanitarian Law Violations in Gaza Question No 349 Parliamentary Question Oireachtas To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if Gov t s Cost Benefit Report on Wind Energy Long Over due To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources when he will publish Broadband in Rural Areas Update To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources the way he envisages Page 14 of 66 First Previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Next Last 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

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  • Thomas Pringle TD
    increased rental payments are required The Department s preventative policy allows for flexibility in assessing customers individual accommodation needs through the National Tenancy Sustainment Framework Under this approach each tenant s circumstances are considered on a case by case basis and rents are being increased above prescribed limits throughout the country as appropriate Staff in the Community Welfare Service of the Department who administer the rent supplement scheme have a statutory discretionary power to award or increase a supplement for rental purposes for example when dealing with applicants who are risk of losing their tenancy This flexible approach has already assisted over 2 100 rent supplement households nationwide to retain their rented accommodation through the payment of increased rent payments The number of rent supplement recipients in Dublin who contacted the Department highlighting difficulties in securing properties is not maintained However a total of some 1 400 rent recipients in Dublin have been supported through increased rental payments A Tenancy Sustainment Protocol in conjunction with Threshold was introduced in the Dublin region and Cork city where supply is particularly acute The primary objective of the Protocol is to ensure a speedy intervention to ensure that families and persons at immediate risk of losing their tenancy get rapid assistance Of the 2 100 households referred to above almost 700 households in Dublin have been supported as a result of engagement under the Protocol and over 20 households in Cork City The Department s response to the current housing difficulties including any extension of the Protocol remains under review at this time to ensure that the appropriate supports continue to be provided The Department has also undertaken a communications campaign to ensure that persons in receipt of rent supplement worried about losing their home are provided with information on the supports available which includes issuing text messages to over 50 000 rent supplement recipients issuing monthly tweets to Department followers updating the website and the distribution of posters to Department Offices Post Offices Citizen Information Centres MABs offices and Oireachtas members Under the legislative provisions governing rent supplement the Department s relationship is with the tenant the tenant makes the application for rent supplement and payment is made to the tenant to assist them with their accommodation needs There is no direct relationship between the landlord and the Department in the administration of the scheme However social welfare legislation provides for the payment of a rent supplement payment to a nominated payee such as a landlord on behalf of the tenant This arrangement is entered at the tenant s request and subject to the consent of the Department Nominated payments are made under the rent supplement scheme in some 20 of cases The efficiency of the rent supplement scheme would be significantly affected if all payments were to be made directly to landlords for the provision of short term support The Department s strategic policy direction is to return rent supplement to its original purpose of being a short term income support

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