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Pringle, Thomas

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions (Resumed) (Continued)

Rural Ireland was dealt another blow recently when Ulster Bank announced plans to shut 22 branches between June and September of this year. Two of those branches are located in Ardara and Raphoe i...More Button

Ulster Bank claims the restructuring of its services is required to meet the ongoing cost challenges of RBS, yet this is a flawed rationale. Ulster Bank had a recorded profit of €280 million in ...More Button

The truth of the matter is that the banks are not interested in addressing the needs of communities. They will always be driven by profit margins, but while private sector banks restructure thei...More Button

Banking services are vital to the survival of towns. Reports and studies have shown the consequences of banks retreating from rural communities, not only for customers but also for small busines...More Button

The Taoiseach will reply to me that Ulster Bank is not an Irish institution and the Government cannot intervene. I have already got that from the Minister for Finance. Let me remind the Taoisea...More Button

While the Government may not be able to intervene in the latest bank closures, there are issues it can influence. In rural Ireland, we have a network of community banks called credit unions. Th...More Button

As well as Ulster Bank's announcement last week, we heard from An Post, in last night's "Prime Time", that it has identified 265 post offices as non-viable. No doubt we will see plans crystalisi...More Button

It is over two years since the Kerr report on the future of the post office network was published. What implementation have we seen by the Government? None. The Government has merely allowed t...More Button

Will the Taoiseach get the finger out and take some action rather than publish more reports that will only gather dust, running down rural Ireland and forcing more emigration on our communities?More Button

Regarding the rural action plan, there is much plan and no action. Three months after its announcement, we face the possible closure of 265 post offices, reduced bus services and the scuppering of...More Button

That is for another day-----More Button

Why did the Government take them away?More Button

Report of the Joint Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services: Motion (Continued)

The Minister, in his statement this evening, said we should remind ourselves of the process by which the committee reached this point. That is a good place to start. On Thursday last, the committ...More Button

The difference was that over the weekend Fianna Fáil marched up the hill and huffed and puffed, and the Minister, Deputy Simon Coveney, faced it down. It is now Coveney, two, and Cowen, zero. C...More Button

It was interesting that the Minister, in his contribution, indicated he was now merely a messenger for the Commissioner and that the report reflects what the Commission stated it wanted. It is a...More Button

The completion of metering will be instrumental in this regard. The metering programme will take a bit longer. In metering new builds, by 2030 we will have an additional 300,000 meters installe...More Button

Fianna Fáil has made much of the fact that the 133 litres per person per day is included in the report but it is significantly weaker than it was in the report we had on Thursday last because sec...More Button

I say to the Members who spoke in favour of the group water schemes that they should read section 6.2 of the report on group water schemes. I thank the Right2Water Deputies for insisting that th...More Button

Credit Union Services

Asked the Minister for Finance: the status of developments regarding credit union ambition to facilitate financing for social housing, small and medium enterprises and mortgages; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Admissions

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the consultation process on the role of denominational religion in the school admissions system; the possible approaches for making changes; the number of submissions received; if he will provide a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will consider changes to the consultation process on the role of denominational religion in school admissions following the census 2016 figures announced on 6 April 2017 (details supplied); a...More Button

Community Employment Schemes Places

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of persons that have applied for placement on a community employment scheme and have been refused a place; the number of community employment schemes that have been unable to fill all th...More Button

Jobs Initiative

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: his plans to review the Tús scheme to allow persons to have a two-year placement and to allow persons over 55 years of age to be eligible for another placement after one year; and if he will make a...More Button

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the status of bidders' applications to connect the remaining 500,000 homes covered under the national broadband plan since the plan was revised after a company (details supplied) was granted 300,00...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the position for future homes and businesses built on or close to a company's (details supplied) blue lines in relation to broadband coverage; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: his views on the overall viability of the remaining 500,000 premises still covered by the national broadband plan after 300,000 houses were given to a company (details supplied) in recent changes; ...More Button