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  • Question on supplementary welfare allowance for students – Thomas Pringle TD
    Local supply and local demand driving job creation Home Dáil Questions Question on supplementary welfare allowance for students Question on supplementary welfare allowance for students By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 28th November 2012 Question No 353 Ref No 52188 12 To the Minister for Social Protection To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will consider making supplementary welfare allowance available to those who are awaiting their student grants Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 27th November 2012 R E P L Y Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T D Apart from a number of excluded categories anyone in the State who satisfies a habitual residency condition and a means test has applied for any other benefit or allowances s he may be entitled to has registered for employment unless they have a physical or mental disability and can prove unemployment may qualify for a weekly payment of supplementary welfare allowance SWA With the exception of those participating in approved education schemes such as back to education allowance people who are in full time education are not eligible for assistance under the terms of the SWA scheme Be Sociable Share Previous Story Question on Student Assistance Fund Next Story Question on Public Services Card roll out 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 Joseph s Campaign February 11 2016 11 24 am DONEGAL NOW Calls on Burton to provide additional funding for community services programmes February 11 2016 11 23 am HIGHLAND RADIO Pringle claims other alternative energy projects will benefit Donegal

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  • Dáil Questions – Thomas Pringle TD - Page 57
    18241 13 To the Minister for Social Protection To ask the Minister for Written question on telephone allowance for carers Question No 639 Ref No 16943 13 To the Minister for Social Protection To ask the Minister for Written question on Mercer Report regarding bank employees DÁIL QUESTION NO 224 248 265 270 309 and 310 To ask the Minister for Finance if Written Question on provision of mental health services QUESTION NO 1240 DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health Ms Written question on Guthrie screening cards QUESTION NO 1124 DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly by Deputies for Priority Question on peace process in Democratic Republic of Congo Question No 5 Parliamentary Question Dept Details To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Written Question on decision to destroy all heel prick tests QUESTION NOS 574 575 DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly Oral Question on Coillte geological survey Parliamentary Question No 108 To ask the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine if his Department has Priority Question on cancellation of pensioners medical cards QUESTION NO 3 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health Mr Thomas Pringle TD asks question on cancellation of pensioners medical cards Page 57 of 66 First Previous 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 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

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  • Written Question on tug boat service in Killybegs – Thomas Pringle TD
    boat service in Killybegs By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 5th March 2013 Parliamentary Question No 435 To ask the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine the steps he will take to ensure that a tug boat service is available in Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre County Donegal to ensure that the port can continue to develop and attract shipping business and also provide for a vital safety tool to be available to all users of the harbour including the emergency services and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 5th March 2013 Ref No 11490 13 REPLY The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Simon Coveney The provision and engagement of a tug boat service at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre is a commercial and private transaction between vessel owners and tug boat service providers Although my Department does not play any role in the provision of tug boat services I can confirm that I have endeavoured to encourage and facilitate the provision of such services by private enterprise through the application of minimal harbour charges for tug boat operators The annual charge levied for tug boats at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre is limited to 200 per year Be Sociable Share Previous Story Question on Falcarragh Meenlaragh special protection area Next Story Thomas Pringle TD asks question on cancellation of pensioners medical cards 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 Joseph s Campaign February 11 2016 11 24 am DONEGAL NOW Calls on Burton to provide

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  • Question on Falcarragh/Meenlaragh special protection area – Thomas Pringle TD
    1st March 2013 DAIL QUESTION NO 160 To ask the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason his officials have not met with local landowners in the Falcarragh Meenlaragh special protection area in relation to the recent designation of the protection area if they will meet with them before the response deadline of 12 March 2013 recognising that some landowners affected have not received any notification as yet and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Thursday 28th February 2013 Ref No 10853 13 Proof 183 R E P L Y Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan T D The intention to designate the site referred to by the Deputy was widely publicised in July 2011 through direct correspondence with landowners as well as by advertisement in local and national media Officials of my Department have met with many landowners in this area to discuss the proposed designation The officials will continue to facilitate requests from any individual or group of individuals who wish to discuss the matter with them before the 12th March next which is the deadline for the submission of scientific reports to the Designated Areas Appeals Advisory Board for those who have opted to make formal Stage 2 objections to the proposed designation Be Sociable Share Previous Story Question on EPA National Inspection Plan Next Story Written Question on tug boat service in Killybegs 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 Joseph s Campaign February 11 2016 11 24

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  • Question on EPA National Inspection Plan – Thomas Pringle TD
    Question No 456 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil To the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government To ask the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government his plans to bring forward amending legislation and issue guidelines to regulate those bodies or persons deemed to have the appropriate level of qualification to tender expert technical advice as stated in Chapter 6 Inspections page 25 of the Environmental Protection Agency document National Inspection Plan 2013 prepared on behalf of his Department in relation to the exact remedial works to be undertaken by the owner of a DWWTS and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Ref No 10129 13 REPLY Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government Mr P Hogan The Water Services Amendment Act 2012 assigns responsibility to the Environmental Protection Agency EPA to make a National Inspection Plan for domestic wastewater treatment systems The National Inspection Plan 2013 Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems was adopted by the EPA earlier this month and was published on 19 February It is a function of the 34 county and city councils under the 2012 Act to implement the Plan in their functional areas I have no direct role in these matters Be Sociable Share Previous Story Questions to all departments on payments to CEOs and staff of agencies Next Story Question on Falcarragh Meenlaragh special protection area 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 Joseph s Campaign February 11 2016

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  • Questions to all departments on payments to CEOs and staff of agencies – Thomas Pringle TD
    DÁIL QUESTION NO 291 To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide details of the payment of bonuses or other performance related payments and or allowances made to the staff of agencies under the aegis of his Department with a yearly breakdown for 2008 outlining the overall amount paid in each year period and the number of staff that received such payments and or allowances Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Ref No 10170 13 REPLY Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Mr Howlin In response to the Deputy s query the following is a list of payment of bonuses or other performance related payments and or allowances that were made to the staff of agencies under the aegis of my Department Office of the Ombudsman Year Bonuses scheme of performance related awards for posts at Assistant Secretary level Performance Related Payments Merit Awards Allowances Private Secretary Higher Duty Key holding 2008 17 800 for 2007 11 575 16 staff 32 661 17 12 staff 2009 Nil 10 000 19 staff 42 617 11 12 staff 2010 Nil 11 100 19 staff 29 565 43 4 staff 2011 Nil 6 400 11 staff 19 411 00 3 staff 2012 Nil 6 600 12 staff 19 746 78 3 staff Public Appointments Service Year Bonuses scheme of performance related awards for posts at Assistant Secretary level Performance Related Payments Merit Awards Allowances Private Secretary Higher Duty Key holding 2008 16 000 19 155 73 staff 50 610 75 29 staff 2009 Nil 7 376 00 42 staff 37 356 47 15 staff 2010 Nil 250 2 staff 40 637 90 15 staff 2011 Nil Nil 40 343 20 21 staff 2012 Nil Nil 43 606 48 21 staff Special EU Programmes Body Year Bonuses Number of Staff 2008 5 600 9 2009 1 050 5 2010 462 50 4 2011 975 00 6 2012 Nil Nil Please note that this included a contractual performance related bonus of 8 000 was paid to the SEUPB s Chief Executive in May 2008 for the 2007 performance year There have been no bonuses awarded to the Chief Executive since this date All other bonuses were paid under a Northern Irish Civil Service Bonus scheme to staff based in Belfast and Omagh who work under the terms and conditions of employment of the Northern Ireland Civil Service DÁIL QUESTION NO 292 To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide details of payments made to the CEO or equivalent of all agencies under the aegis of his Department including details of any bonuses pension entitlements or any other remuneration paid to him or her in 2012 Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Ref No 10187 13 REPLY Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Mr Howlin In response to the Deputy s question the following table outlines the details of payments made to the CEO or equivalent of all agencies under the aegis of my Department in 2012 Agency Title Salary Employer Pension Contribution Institute of Public Administration Director General 188 952 00 65 377 00 Office of the Ombudsman Director General 146 649 71 State Laboratory State Chemist 108 491 00 Public Appointments Service Started 20 03 2012 CEO 96 566 09 DAIL QUESTION NO 312 313 To ask the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation if he will provide details of the payment of bonuses or other performance related payments and or allowances made to the staff of agencies under the aegis of his Department with a yearly breakdown from 2008 outlining the overall amount paid in each year period and the number of staff that received such payments and or allowances Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Ref No 10168 13 To ask the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation if he will provide details of payments made to the CEO or equivalent of all agencies under the aegis of his Department including details of any bonuses pension entitlements or any other remuneration paid to him or her in 2012 Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Ref No 10185 13 R E P L Y Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Mr Bruton I propose to answer questions 312 and 313 together Payment of remuneration including bonuses pension entitlements allowances etc for both the CEOs and staff of the agencies under the remit of my Department is a day to day matter for the individual agencies and I have no function in the matter The CEOs of a number of agencies under the aegis of my Department are eligible to participate in a Performance Related Award Scheme approved by the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation with the consent of the Minister for Finance The Schemes which are based on the Department of Finance s Guidelines on Performance Related Awards in non commercial state bodies provide for a maximum award of 20 of total remuneration Approval for such awards is a matter for the Board of the relevant body These Performance Related Awards have been suspended since April 2009 I have asked the Agencies to respond directly to Deputy Pringle on the matter Question Nos 371 372 Ref Nos 10171 13 10188 13 To the Minister for Social Protection To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide details of the payment of bonuses or other performance related payments and or allowances made to the staff of agencies under the aegis of her Department with a yearly breakdown from 2008 outlining the overall amount paid in each year period and the number of staff that received such payments and or allowances Thomas Pringle To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide details of payments made to the CEO or equivalent of all agencies under the aegis of her Department including details of any bonuses pension entitlements or any other remuneration paid to him or her in 2012 Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 R E P L Y Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T D It is proposed to take Question Nos 371 and 372 together The Agencies that operate under the aegis of the Department are the Pensions Board and the Citizens Information Board The Office of the Pensions Ombudsman also falls under the remit of the Department Since 2009 there have been no performance related bonuses to any staff in the organisations concerned The only bonus paid in respect of performance in 2008 was to the Chief Executive Officer in the Pensions Board who received a bonus of 6 179 in 2009 As the Pensions Board is not funded by the Exchequer this was not paid for by the State The CEOs and the Pensions Ombudsman are ordinary members of their organisations superannuation schemes and their entitlements do not extend beyond the normal entitlements of the standard public civil service superannuation scheme The remuneration which comprises basic salary for the CEOs and Pensions Ombudsman in respect of 2012 was as follows CEO in the Pensions Board 153 885 CEO in the Citizens information Board 117 570 Pensions Ombudsman 125 655 ENDS DAIL QUESTION NO 387 To ask the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide details of the payment of bonuses or other performance related payments and or allowances made to the staff of agencies under the aegis of his Department with a yearly breakdown from 2008 outlining the overall amount paid in each year period and the number of staff that received such payments and or allowances Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Identical Question s to all Depts Ref No 10159 13 R E P L Y Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Mr Jimmy Deenihan T D I am advised that payments of the nature referred to by the Deputy in bodies agencies funded from my Department s Vote Group during the period in question were as listed below No other such payments arise in the years 2008 2012 Irish Film Board 2008 bonus payment of 22 275 to CEO National Concert Hall 2008 bonus payment of 18 500 to Director 2008 merit payments totalling 55 110 to 128 staff 2009 merit payments totalling 32 950 to 114 staff 2010 merit payments totalling 34 481 to 111 staff 2011 merit payments totalling 31 038 to 112 staff 2012 merit payments totalling 27 863 to 105 staff Údaras na Gaeltachta 2008 bonus payment of 26 134 to CEO 2008 merit payments totalling 84 050 to 15 staff 2009 bonus payment of 26 134 to CEO Ulster Scots Agency 2008 merit payments totalling 4 380stg to 5 staff Waterways Ireland 2008 bonus payment of 8 000stg to CEO in respect of 2006 2010 bonus payment of 8 500stg to CEO in respect of 2007 DAIL QUESTION NO 388 To ask the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide details of payments made to the CEO or equivalent of all agencies under the aegis of his Department including details of any bonuses pension entitlements or any other remuneration paid to him or her in 2012 Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Identical Question s to all Depts Ref No 10176 13 R E P L Y Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Mr Jimmy Deenihan T D The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table below The Deputy should note that all payments were made in line with sanctions received and that no bonus payments were made in 2012 to any CEOs Directors in bodies agencies funded from my Department s Vote Group Body Payments in 2012 Salary unless indicated Arts Council 85 538 Ulster Scots Agency 45 927 sterling Irish Film Board 101 234 Chester Beatty Library 96 295 Crawford Art Gallery 76 058 Foras na Gaeilge 121 118 Heritage Council 116 795 Irish Museum of Modern Art 57 002 23 4 2012 31 12 2012 National Concert Hall 108 488 comprising 97 000 salary 10 670 pension contribution 818 health insurance National Library of Ireland 96 514 National Museum of Ireland Former Director 1 1 12 29 02 12 20 072 Acting Director 1 3 12 31 3 12 85 472 including acting up allowance of 2 478 Údarás na Gaeltachta Interim CEO 1 1 12 30 4 12 20 916 New CEO 1 6 12 31 12 12 78 750 Waterways Ireland 92 636 sterling National Gallery of Ireland 76 940 16 4 12 31 12 12 National Archives Acting Director 86 932 including acting up allowance of 9 056 Position vacant from 1 1 12 to 23 4 12 Posts currently being filled on an acting basis under sanction The former CEO was re engaged as interim CEO for a 4 month period with the pension abatement principle being applied PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NOS 406 407 Dail Eireann To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide details of the payment of bonuses or other performance related payments and or allowances made to the staff of agencies under the aegis of his Department with a yearly breakdown for 2008 outlining the overall amount paid in each year period and the number of staff that received such payments and or allowances Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Identical Question s to all Depts Ref No 10161 13 To ask the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide details of payments made to the CEO or equivalent of all agencies under the aegis of his Department including details of any bonuses pension entitlements or any other remuneration paid to him or her in 2012 Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Identical Question s to all Depts Ref No 10178 13 REPLY Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Mr P Rabbitte I propose to take Question Nos 406 and 407 together I wish to advise the Deputy that the information sought regarding payments made to CEOs and staff in the agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each Agency All directions issued by the Government in relation to remuneration of CEOs in Semi State Companies have been brought to the attention of the relevant State Companies In so far as the Deputy s question relates to staff subordinate to the CEO these are matters solely for the agency in question Question No 459 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil To the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government To ask the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government if he will provide details of the payment of bonuses or other performance related payments and or allowances made to the staff of agencies under the aegis of his Department with a yearly breakdown from 2008 outlining the overall amount paid in each year period and the number of staff that received s uch payments and or allowances Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Ref No 10164 13 REPLY Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government Mr P Hogan The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible Question No 460 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil To the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government To ask the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government if he will provide details of payments made to the CEO or equivalent of all agencies under the aegis of his Department including details of any bonuses pension entitlements or any other remunerat ion paid to him or her in 2012 Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday 26th February 2013 Ref No 10181 13 REPLY Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government Mr P Hogan The table below details the remuneration for CEOs and equivalents in agencies under the aegis of my Department No performance related awards were paid in 2012 Individuals are entitled to pensions in accordance with the rules of their organisation s pension scheme In general pension entitlements are based on final salary and length of service including added years where appropriate capped at 40 years Agency Body Post Remuneration 2012 An Bord Pleanála CEO 189 474 Dublin Docklands Development Authority CEO 113 960 Environmental Protection Agency Director 164 464 Housing Finance Agency CEO 122 703 Irish Water Safety CEO 88 598 Local Government Management Agency CEO 153 885 Housing Sustainable Communities Agency CEO 125 655 Private Residential Tenancies Board Director 92 352 Radiological Protection Institute CEO 145 952 Western Development Commission CEO 85 172 QUESTION NOS 517 518 DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality Mr Shatter by Deputy Thomas Pringle for WRITTEN on Tuesday 26th February 2013 517 To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide details of the payment of bonuses or other performance related payments and or allowances made to the staff of agencies under the aegis of his Department with a yearly breakdown from 2008 outlining the overall amount paid in each year period and the number of staff that received such payments and or allowances Thomas Pringle 518 To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide details of payments made to the CEO or equivalent of all agencies under the aegis of his Department including details of any bonuses pension entitlements or any other remuneration paid to him or her in 2012 Thomas Pringle REPLY The collation of information in respect of each year from 2008 to 2011 would require a disproportionate use of available resources which could not be justified in current circumstances where there are other significant demands on resources Accordingly the information set out below is in respect of 2012 In relation to allowances the Deputy will be aware that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform carried out a review of public service allowances in 2012 and details of allowances reviewed including those in the Justice Sector were published by that Department and are available on www per gov ie No bonus payments or other performance related payments were made to any staff of my Department or to any staff of its agencies in 2012 Details of remuneration of post holders in the role of Chief Executive Officer or relevant position in 2012 in each of the agencies of the Department of Justice and Equality is set out in the table below Name of Body CEO Equivalent Salary scale 2012 Equality Authority CEO Assistant Secretary scale 127 796 146 191 Equality Tribunal Director Assistant Secretary scale 127 796 146 191 Human Rights Commission President CEO 199 000 Assistant Secretary scale 127 796 146 191 Courts Service CEO Secretary General 188 640 Garda Síochána Complaints Board CEO Assistant Secretary scale 127 796 146 191 Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission GSOC Chairperson Two Commissioners Garda Deputy Commissioner 157 000 Assistant Secretary scale 127 796 146 191 An Garda Síochána Commissioner Commissioner 185 000 Insolvency Service of Ireland Director Assistant Secretary scale 127 796 146 191 Legal Aid Board CEO Assistant Secretary scale 127 796 146 191 National Disability Authority CEO Principal Officer Higher scale 85 957 105 429 National Property Services Regulatory Authority CEO Principal Officer Higher scale 85 957 105 429 Office of the Data Protection Commissioner Data Protection Commissioner Assistant Secretary scale 127 796 146 191 Private Security Authority CEO Principal Officer Higher 85 957 105 429 plus director s allowance 11 978 Property Registration Authority Interim CEO Deputy Registrar 93 197 113 503 plus acting up allowance 12 000 The term of office of the President of the Human Rights Commission ended on 31st July 2012 The position of CEO of the Human Rights Commission became vacant on 30th January 2012 All post holders with the exception of the former

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  • Priority Question on a national plan for wind energy development – Thomas Pringle TD
    produce wind energy strategies as part of this process The planning process in Ireland provides extensive opportunity for public involvement including a third party appeals process Wind farms are commercially developed and require both grid connections and planning permission When a wind farm is developed in a particular location payments are made to landowners for rental and rates are paid to local authorities There can also be additional benefits and employment opportunities for local communities A study undertaken by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland SEAI and the Western Development Commission on The Potential for Community Ownership of Wind Farms in Ireland found that communities are likely to run into significant resource difficulties if they attempt to develop 100 per cent community owned wind energy projects It found that the most promising investment option that communities could currently consider is that of participating in commercial projects once such projects have secured planning consent a grid connection agreement and a contract for the sale of electricity I would note that the tax based Business Expansion Scheme BES Relief for Investment in Corporate Trades may provide some options for local communities for investment in commercial wind farms The Government Policy Statement on the Strategic Importance of Transmission and other Energy Infrastructure which I published last July recognises the need and urgency for new energy infrastructure It notes that the planning process provides the necessary framework for ensuring that all necessary standards are met and that consultation is built into the process It also acknowledges the need for social acceptance and the appropriateness of energy project developers examining appropriate means of building community gain considerations into project planning and budgeting I would also note that wind farms of more than 50 turbines or having a total output greater than 100 megawatts fall under the Planning Development Strategic Infrastructure Act 2006 The Act provides that the Board may attach conditions to an approval In the use of community gain such conditions can providing for the construction or financing in whole or in part of a facility or the provision or financing in whole or in part of a service in the area in which the proposed development would be situated which in the opinion of the Board would constitute a substantial gain to the community Many wind farms voluntarily build in additional benefits to local communities as part of their project developments I understand that the Irish Wind Energy Association which represents a large portion of the wind energy sector intends to issue guidelines to its members recommending that a minimum annual contribution per megawatt of wind installed be provided to local communities for local projects In order to ensure that Ireland continues to meet its renewable energy targets and at the same time ensure that wind energy does not have negative impacts on local communities the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government in conjunction with my Department and other stakeholders is undertaking a targeted review of certain aspects of the Wind

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  • Question on non EEA nationals to apply for a Stamp 4 to attend third level education – Thomas Pringle TD
    education before the age of eighteen to ensure they can have continuity in their education and access student support schemes here recognising that they have been resident in the State for many years and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle REPLY It should be stated at the outset that a Stamp 4 immigration permission signifies only that the holder is lawfully resident in the State and can work without the requirement to hold an employment permit It does not of itself confer rights to free university education or to student support grants Decisions on eligibility for such supports are a matter for my colleague the Minister for Education and Skills although as a matter of practice the eligibility criteria may be based at least in part on the immigration stamp In such circumstances any change in immigration practice could indirectly lead to greater exposure to the exchequer and that would have to be borne in mind Minor children who are resident in the State in the care of Non EEA parents granted permission to remain derive their immigration status from that of their parents Consequently any decision on whether a child s status should be changed must have reference to the status of the parent Each case would have to be considered on its merits As a general rule however a dependent would not receive a more favourable status than the person on whom he she was dependent It should also be borne in mind that the parent s status could be of a temporary or limited nature I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service INIS of my Department that such students referred to may make an application to change their immigration status by writing to the General Immigration Division Irish Naturalisation

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