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  • Not Clear if Borrowers Threatened by Banks Now, Will be Covered in New Legislation – Thomas Pringle TD
    ask the Minister for Finance if the Consumer Protection Regulation of Credit Servicing Firms Bill 2015 will be applied retrospectively for customers in current mortgage arrears and if he will make a statement on the matter REPLY The legislation will apply to all loans as defined regardless of when they were acquired thus capturing loan books that have already been sold A similar approach was used in 2013 in relation to debt management firms Also when the requirement for a retail credit firm authorisation was itself introduced in 2007 existing non deposit taking lenders which up to then did not require authorisation from the Central Bank had to get an authorisation from the Central Bank in order to continue their business The Bill has transitional provisions to allow existing firms seek and obtain authorisation from the Central Bank while continuing to do business The issue of retrospective legislation was referred to at the pre legislative scrutiny hearing on 3rd December which is available on the Oireachtas website Committee stage of the Bill was taken on 27 May and the Bill as amended in the Select sub Committee on Finance is available on the Oireachtas website Report stage is expected to be taken on 17 June Once the Bill is enacted credit servicing will become a regulated activity and firms undertaking credit servicing will be subject to all Central Bank Codes including the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears Be Sociable Share Previous Story Mortgage Arrears Code of Conduct Adherence Questionable Next Story No from Gov t on Wild Salmon Drift Netting for Science Data Collection Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment About admin Contact Info Killybegs Constituency Office Connolly House Bridge Street Killybegs Co Donegal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

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  • Dáil Questions – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 15
    the maximum Basic Payments Accounts in An Post QUESTION NO 130 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Finance Deputy Michael Noonan by Deputy Thomas Increased Role of Approved Housing Bodies to be Explored Question No 27 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil To the Minister for the Environment Slipway Crane in Killybegs Under On Going Review Parliamentary Question No 74 To ask the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine if he will Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals Question No 203 Parliamentary Question Oireachtas To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if Ireland Votes NO to Sovereign Debt Restructuring Motion Question No 197 Parliamentary Question Oireachtas To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the Letterkenny Hospital to get Further Permanent General Surgeon QUESTION NO 15 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar by Deputy Thomas Pringle Fair Deal Scheme Recouped 22 1m out of 37 3m by February 2015 QUESTION NO 14 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen No Junior Drugs Minister in Sight QUESTION NO 475 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar by Deputy Thomas Pringle HAP Pilot Scheme Coming to Donegal Minister in Contact with Donegal CoCo Question No 749 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil To the Minister for the Environment Page 15 of 66 First Previous 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 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

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  • Mortgage Arrears Code of Conduct Adherence Questionable – Thomas Pringle TD
    Deputy is a wholly owned subsidiary of a company that while not regulated by the Central Bank has voluntarily agreed to adhere to the Central Bank of Ireland s Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears and the parent company confirms this on its website at http www marscapital ie help and advice general faqs 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 All cases must be handled sympathetically and positively by the lender with the objective at all times of assisting the borrower to meet his her mortgage obligations A lender may only commence legal proceedings for repossession where it has made every reasonable effort under the Code to agree an alternative repayment arrangement with the borrower or his her nominated representative and the specific timeframes set out in the Code have been adhered to or the borrower has been classified as not co operating The Deputy will also be aware that the Consumer Protection Regulation of Credit Servicing Firms Bill 2015 is being introduced to regulate the activity of credit servicing and the credit servicing firms engaged in such activity 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 The Committee stage of this Bill was taken on 27 May and Report stage is expected to be taken on 17 June Be Sociable Share Previous Story Community Pick up on Broadband Use Dependent on Availability Next Story Not Clear if Borrowers Threatened by Banks Now Will be Covered

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  • Community Pick up on Broadband Use Dependent on Availability – Thomas Pringle TD
    will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 9th June 2015 Ref No 21639 15 REPLY Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Alex White I propose to take Question Nos 1114 and 1115 together The National Broadband Plan aims to ensure that every citizen and business regardless of location has access to a high quality high speed broadband service This will be achieved through a combination of commercial investments and a State led intervention in areas where commercial services will not be provided The commercial telecommunications sector is currently investing approximately 2 5 billion in network upgrades and enhanced services with approximately 1 6 million of the 2 3 million premises in Ireland expected to have access to commercial high speed broadband services over the next two years These very significant investments represent a step change in the quality of broadband services available On 24 November 2014 a public consultation was launched on a national high speed coverage map 2016 This consultation concluded on 12 February 2015 This map is available at www broadband gov ie The areas marked BLUE represent those areas that will have access to commercial high speed broadband services by end 2016 The AMBER area shows the target areas for the State intervention All premises within the AMBER areas will be included in the State s intervention Last week eircom announced an investment that may address a further 300 000 premises with fibre to the premises technology My Department will be rigorously examining the assurances from eircom in relation to these new plans which is a requirement for all operators and will review how this impacts the proposed intervention area I intend publishing a draft Intervention Strategy for public consultation in July Following completion of that public consultation I hope to be in a position to move to formal procurement later in the year I expect the physical build of the network to begin in late 2016 and it will take between three and five years to fully complete depending on the details of the bid or bids selected I would add that stakeholder engagement is central to the delivery of the NBP and as part of the planning phase significant stakeholder engagement has been undertaken by my Department This includes a number of public consultations including on the published national coverage map referred to above The engagement process also included meetings with Local Authorities Leader Groups Irish Rural Link the Western Development Commission and others In addition my Department publishes a monthly update on progress in relation to the NBP This complex and ambitious project is a key priority for Government and aims to conclusively address current broadband connectivity issues in mainly rural parts of the country with a view to ensuring that all citizens and businesses can participate fully in a digitally enabled society There is a potential role for communities to aggregate demand for services in their areas and in so doing accelerate the deployment

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  • GPs Already Investing in Practice Can’t Afford Move to Primary Care Centres – Thomas Pringle TD
    primary care team without a GP and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle T D REPLY International research indicates that shared premises are a key enabler for successful team working in the primary care setting Primary Care Centres PCCs create an environment for improved access facilitating structured approaches to chronic disease management enhanced multidisciplinary team working improved diagnostic capabilities in Primary Care and the integration of services between primary and secondary care To date there are 87 PCCs in operation 44 of which have opened since March 2011 There are currently 54 locations where primary care infrastructure is under construction or at an advanced planning stage under three methods of delivery where completion is expected by Q2 2017 15 Direct Build 14 Public Private Partnership and 25 Operational Lease In November 2014 the HSE advertised an additional 73 locations for delivery of Primary Care Centres by Operational Lease The HSE is reviewing all Expressions of Interest received to determine which are suitable for more detailed consideration and progression to the next stage of the process The HSE continues to provide appropriate accommodation for Primary Care Team staff taking into account the existing infrastructure from which GPs operate GPs not co located with Primary Care Teams continue to link and work with the Team through structured team meetings or direct contact with individuals A research project has been commissioned by my Department to identify and assess the various options available to Government to encourage the provision including the upgrading and refurbishment of primary care centres in areas where they are needed External consultants have been engaged to carry out this work and I expect to receive a report on the matter later this year Be Sociable Share Previous Story Minister s Scripted Response to Disability Federation

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  • Minister’s Scripted Response to Disability Federation’s Concerns – Thomas Pringle TD
    My response will refer specifically to health service supports In 2015 we will continue to support the major transformation programme underway in disability services and in particular the reconfiguration of residential services including moving people from institutions to homes in the community and reconfiguring adult day services based on individualised and person centred supports Continued emphasis will also be maintained on enhancing quality and safety especially through implementation of the HIQA standards for residential settings reform of adult day services and children s therapy services planning for emergency places and changing needs maximising efficiencies and further development of enhanced governance and accountability arrangements Our focus is to bring about reforms that will positively impact on the way in which people with disabilities are supported to live the lives of their choice Funding of almost 1 5 billion will be provided for health and personal social services through the HSE s National Service Plan for 2015 Residential services are provided by almost 60 agencies to around 9 000 people with disabilities at over 1 200 locations Day services are provided to around 22 000 people with intellectual physical or sensory disabilities and autism at 850 different locations by 80 organisations Approximately 1 400 young people who are due to leave school and Rehabilitative Training programmes in 2015 will receive new placements In 2015 an additional 6 million has been allocated to provide places for these school leavers and graduates Respite residential support totalling 190 000 overnights will be provided The target for provision of personal assistant home support in 2015 is 3 9 million hours In addition work is advanced on the re configuration of therapy services for children aged up to 18 years as part of the HSE s Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People 0 18 years

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  • Expert Group Future Skills Needs – Courses for Fishermen – Thomas Pringle TD
    Proof 30 REPLY The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Simon Coveney Under the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs committed to undertaking an assessment of the profile and diversity of the occupations and skills requirements of enterprises in the different sectors that make up the Marine economy Its April 2015 report A Study of the Current and Future Skills Requirements of the Marine Maritime Economy to 2020 recommends that a data collection and biological sampling course be developed by Bord Iascaigh Mhara on the basis that fishermen trained in data collection and biological sampling would be in a position to provide consistent and valuable data to researchers and industry science partnership initiatives The Marine Institute provides scientific advice to Government on marine matters and is the national correspondent for the EU Data Collection Framework A key element of the Institute s work includes sea sampling of catches on commercial and research vessels Each year the Institute contracts fishermen through a public procurement process to conduct sea sampling through an open procedure framework agreement This work entails catch sampling on commercial fishing vessels operating offshore for 5 to 10 days A similar scheme is operated for inshore fishing vessels The Institute provides special training for these contract sea samplers in January each year The samplers are trained in basic data collection techniques focused on recording observations on catch and collecting samples and basic data The Institute also contracts fishermen to provide advice on fishing gear performance during research vessel surveys The fishermen receive on the job training from the Institute on the research vessel surveys Be Sociable Share Previous Story 10 000 New Marine Jobs Predicted by 2020 Next Story Pringle Calls on Minister to Reverse Jobseeker s Cuts Leave a Reply Cancel

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  • 10,000 New Marine Jobs Predicted by 2020 – Thomas Pringle TD
    and skills requirements of enterprises in the different sectors that make up the Marine economy Its April 2015 report A Study of the Current and Future Skills Requirements of the Marine Maritime Economy to 2020 notes that in the seafood sector in particular the workforce is ageing and this will present a skills difficulty unless measures are put in place to attract and upskill younger workers On 27 March 2015 I announced plans for a new 241 million development programme for the seafood sector for the period up to 2020 co funded by the EU through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund A public consultation on the draft Programme closed on 1 May 2015 and I am now working to finalise the Programme with a view to bringing the Programme to Government shortly for approval Through Food Harvest 2020 and this new Seafood Development Programme I am targeting growth of the seafood industry to 1 billion by 2020 with growth in employment of 3 000 to 14 000 people employed in our coastal communities The draft Programme recognised the ageing profile of fishermen in particular and more generally recognised the need for tailored supports for new entrants and for supports for training and advice The draft Programme proposed a New Fishermen Scheme to provide aid to new entrants to purchase their first fishing vessel and a New Farmers Scheme for new aquaculture enterprises to provide aid for start up capital investment It also proposed a special scheme of training for the aquaculture sector and the final Programme will provide for similar training for fishermen Of course BIM has been providing training to new entrants to the seafood sector for many years including training for the fishing aquaculture and processing sectors In relation to the New Farmers Scheme this is a

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