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  • Oral Question on how local authorities will deal with the Property Tax – Thomas Pringle TD
    Government Mr P Hogan The introduction of the Local Property Tax will provide a more sustainable funding model for local government will devolve greater responsibility for financial decisions to the local level and will help renew the relationship between the citizen and his or her local authority In introducing the Act the Government ha s been keen to ensure that equity is seen to be preserve d that all sectors of society are required to make a fair and equitable Local Property Tax con tribution In that regard the relationship between the value of a residential property and the amount of the Local Property Tax liability is important a s is liability for certain categories of social housing The Finance Local Property Tax Act 2012 sets out the position concerning residential properties and liability for the Local Property Tax Under the Act local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies are in general liable for residential properties under their ownership The existing arrangements for determining local authority rents are currently under review in terms of providing for new rent schemes in 2014 under the relevant provisions of Housing Act 2009 and I anticipate that these new schemes will provide for an appropriate contribution to be made by tenants of liable social housing properties Section 7 of the Act provides that owners of residential properties which are charities or which are bodies established by statute are not liab le for the Tax provided that such properties are used solely or primarily to provide special needs accommodation Certain accommodation provided by local authorities and by Approved Housing Bodies would therefore be exempt from the Local Property Tax Consideration is being given to the mechanisms for the pay over of social housing related Local Property Tax liabilities and associated issues are receiving attention informed by

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  • Question on junior doctor working hours – Thomas Pringle TD
    2012 a detailed plan for the achievement of compliance by NCHDs with the Working Time Directive was submitted to the EU Commission The plan affirmed Ireland s commitment to achieving compliance with the Directive over a three year time period It committed to implementing the measures necessary including the implementation of new work patterns for medical staff transfer of work undertaken by NCHDs to other grades and the organisation of hospital services to support compliance The Health Service Executive s Service Plan for 2013 specifically recognises the need to address the issue as a priority stating that there will be a particular focus in the acute hospital service on the achievement of compliance with the European Working Time Directive amongst the non consultant hospital doctor workforce in line with the Implementation Plan submitted to the Commission in 2012 The HSE is currently finalising its National Operational Plan to support the implementation of the National Service Plan 2013 This will specify in greater detail the actions to be taken during the year in relation to EWTD compliance A key priority for the HSE in 2013 will be a further reduction of average weekly hours worked and also a reduction in the duration of shifts undertaken S I No 494 of 2004 European Communities Organisation of Working Time Activities of Doctors in Training Regulations 2004 which transposed the EU Working Time Directive for doctors in training provides for A maximum 48 hour average working week A 30 minute rest break every 6 hours during period on site on call 11 hours rest every 24 hours or equivalent compensatory rest before return to work and 35 hours continuous rest per week or twice a fortnight or 59 hours continuous rest per fortnight The 2010 Contract of Employment for NCHDs which these staff sign

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  • Question on flexi-schooling – Thomas Pringle TD
    Local supply and local demand driving job creation Home Dáil Questions Question on flexi schooling Question on flexi schooling By admin Tweet Pin It Updated 31st January 2013 Uimhir 82 Ceist Pharlaiminte Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha To the Minister for Education and Science To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce a system of flexi schooling for children that are home schooled that would allow them to attend school on a part time basis that would facilitate a parent who may work part time but wishes to home school their child and if he will make a statement on the matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 30th January 2013 Reference Number 4621 13 Freagra Minister Ruairí Quinn The school system currently operates under standardised arrangements for all recognised schools aimed at enabling them to deliver education in the most efficient manner possible to over half a million pupils at primary level and over 350 000 at post primary It would neither be feasible nor practical to put in place the type of arrangement suggested by the Deputy Be Sociable Share Previous Story Oral Question on exploration licence granted to proposed Special Area of Conservation Next Story Question on junior doctor working hours 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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  • Oral Question on exploration licence granted to proposed Special Area of Conservation – Thomas Pringle TD
    Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Mr Jimmy Deenihan T D The Rockabill to Dalkey Island candidate Special Area of Conservation SAC is one of six additional marine sites proposed for designation to meet Ireland s obligations under the Habitats Directive The harbour porpoise is the principal conservation interest of the site though it also contains small areas of geogenic reef which are also afforded protection Like all species of cetaceaen the harbour porpoise enjoys strict protection under Article 12 of the Habitats Directive wherever it occurs whether within or outside a designated area My Department was consulted in advance of the issuing of the consents referred to in the questions Advice was provided to both the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government and the Department of Communication Energy and Natural Resource on the protection of marine mammals including the harbour porpoise and on appropriate mitigation measures that should be employed during the survey Where a site is proposed for designation as an SAC consent authorities are required to consider the implications of proposals on the site in keeping with Article 6 of the Habitats Directive before consents are granted However I understand that the consents referred to were granted before I notified my intention to designate the Rockabill to Dalkey Island SAC Any future consent for exploration extraction or any other activity within or in the vicinity of the SAC will need to be examined for potential impacts upon it Consent authorities will need to satisfy themselves that proposed projects do not pose a risk to the integrity of this and other sites before issuing such consents In preparing proposals for designation my Department would normally be in contact informally with relevant bodies as part of the process of preparing formal proposals and in preparing the scientific grounds

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  • Oral Question on unemployment benefits for self-employed – Thomas Pringle TD
    overall method of working is based on producing modular reports on the priority areas identified in the Terms of Reference Where possible the aim is to provide recommendations that can be acted upon in time for the annual budget estimates and legislative cycle and to allow the Government to best address its commitments under the EU IMF Programme of Financial Support The Group has been considering the issue of social insurance coverage for the self employed and will submit its report once its examination of the various questions has been completed One of the issues examined in the third Actuarial Review of the Social Insurance Fund as at 31 December 2010 published in 2012 was the long term cost implications to the Social Insurance Fund SIF and the break even contributions rates required to provide jobseeker s benefit to the self employed and to provide invalidity pensions for self employed workers The report found that the effective annual rate of contribution or the required contribution as a percentage of salary needed to provide the core full rate State pension contributory which is the benefit currently available to self employed contributors is approximately 15 This compares favourably with the 4 rate currently paid by the self employed An incremental increase in contribution rates to 16 would be required if jobseeker s benefit in addition to core State pension contributory is provided The average contribution rate required for the core State pension contributory plus jobseeker s benefit and the invalidity pension is estimated to be in the region of 17 3 Any proposals to extend additional cover to the self employed will have to be considered in a budgetary context taking account of the finding of the Actuarial Review that the self employed achieve very good value for money compared with the

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  • Priority Question on operation of computer systems in Department of Social Protection – Thomas Pringle TD
    working towards consolidation on a single ICT platform the Business Object Model implementation BOMi This work is carried out as part of the Department s continuous Service Delivery Modernisation SDM programme As this programme progresses all the Department s client and claim related systems will be integrated on the Business Object Model implementation BOMi platform ensuring that all client and claim information is fully and automatically available across all of the Department s schemes and places of business A high level group established between the Department and the Revenue Commissioners coordinates issues of mutual concern including information sharing between the two organisations Further information sharing initiatives are put in place as new requirements are identified and specified The Department also works closely with other agencies to mitigate social welfare abuse and to help them in dealing with their own clients for example the Department provides validated information to over 50 other agencies in relation to life events and deaths A key priority for my Department is to ensure that fraudulent activity within the social welfare system is vigorously prevented and combated Social Welfare fraud undermines public confidence in the entire system as well as being unfair to other recipients of Social Welfare payments and taxpayers My Department is very conscious of its obligation to protect public money and is determined to ensure that abuse of the system is prevented and is dealt with effectively when detected The Department is satisfied that data matching is an effective control tool in this regard with control savings directly attributable to data matching in 2011 of over 17m The Department undertakes a number of existing data matches with other Government Departments Agencies on a systematic basis including the following Revenue Commissioners Irish Prison Service Third Level Institutions General Register Office GRO Commission on Taxi

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  • Question on mandatory public procurement for public bodies – Thomas Pringle TD
    number of national arrangements designed to secure better value for money from leveraging the public service s buying power in relation to a range of goods and services that are commonly purchased across the public service These national arrangements have benefits that include cash savings administrative savings from reduced duplication of tendering greater purchasing expertise improved consistency and enhanced service levels In some instances the take up of the NPS arrangements has been low In order to increase the usage of the NPS arrangements and thereby secure best value for money the Government decided that it should be mandatory for public service bodies to use specified national procurement arrangements Circular 06 12 implements the Government decision by making it a mandatory requirement that public service bodies avail of specified national arrangements put in place by the NPS The list of categories subject to national procurement arrangements includes electricity natural gas stationery and office supplies paper ICT consumables managed print services print media advertising and motor vehicles These national arrangements will secure best value for money and facilitate contracting authorities to deliver services within their budgetary constraints Where a mandatory framework arrangement exists any public service body intending to make a purchase other than through the framework arrangement will need to ensure that it can explain the rationale for not using the NPS arrangement and provide a value for money justification that takes account of the full costs including those incurred in managing its own procurement process While the key purpose of Circular 6 12 is to enable the State to do more with less by aggregating procurement to secure better value for money it is worth noting that such aggregation arrangements can be implemented in a manner that achieves value for money with a minimal negative impact or indeed a positive impact on SMEs While a number of the categories of goods and services mandated under the Circular are suited to single supplier national arrangements it should not be taken that single supplier frameworks are to be accepted as the norm The greater use where appropriate of multi supplier frameworks can address local supplier issues while also ensuring ongoing cost competitiveness of the framework itself Such multi supplier frameworks may also offer SMEs the opportunity to participate in national level contracts thereby offering valuable reference work when competing for public procurement contracts in other jurisdictions In order to encourage greater SME participation the NPS over the past 3 years has conducted a targeted programme of education for suppliers who wish to learn more about doing business with the Irish Public Service This programme consists of seminars workshops and large scale meet the buyer events hosted nationwide In 2012 the NPS working with InterTradeIreland for the first time brought together a number of the lead Government agencies to create a programme of major events for the Island of Ireland Attendees could also avail of educational seminars on a variety of topics ranging from the technicalities of public service procurement to procedures

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  • Question on fishing swaps – Thomas Pringle TD
    matter Thomas Pringle For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 Ref No 3380 13 REPLY The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Simon Coveney Each year a number of swaps of fishing quotas and effort takes place with other Member States Swaps are normally initially proposed or organised by the fishing industry lead by the Federation of Irish Fishermen FIF and completed in a transaction between Member States This may happen for a number of reasons Firstly at the start of each year when the TAC and Quota Regulation is published quotas for a number of fisheries which are of little interest to the Irish fleet are swapped for quotas for stocks which are of interest to our fleet Secondly throughout the year the industry lead by the FIF works closely with the Department to recommend effective monthly management regimes for pressure stocks In this monthly process the Industry recommends that some quotas or effort be swapped in order to maintain a supply of a particular quota for a stock of particular importance to the Irish fleet In addition where such proposals are received from other Member States the FIF recommends the amounts and species to be swapped These swaps are completed by the Department using the EU FIDES fishery database system The third reason for swaps is at the end of year where a quota has been exceeded and any opportunity to address this overfishing is used through completing swops with other Member States The tables which the Deputy has requested are large and voluminous in nature and therefore they are being sent directly to the Deputy Be Sociable Share Previous Story Question on septic tanks and government s failure to fulfil ECJ commitments Next Story Question on mandatory public procurement for public bodies About admin Contact

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