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Pringle, Thomas

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Constitutional Amendments

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the steps he will take to progress the Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Water in Public Ownership) (No.1) Bill 2016 seeking to place the right to water in the Constitution; the reason fo...More Button

This question relates to the Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Water in Public Ownership) (No. 1) Bill 2016, which passed through the House several years ago. It is languishing on Commit...More Button

I would like to thank the Minister for the response, but it basically confirms that what is actually happening here is delay, delay and delay. He mentioned that he contacted the committee last Jul...More Button

I would like to think it is. Deputy Joan Collins has tried to meet the Department officials and has been unsuccessful. What is the problem? Let us have a meeting with them to discuss this.More Button

When was the last one?More Button

Constitutional Amendments (Continued)

Deputy Ó Broin outlined the situation and the difficulty that is there. It is two and a half years. If the Minister was serious about this, he could bring them forward and let the committee decid...More Button

Perjury and Related Offences Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on the Perjury and Related Offences Bill 2018. I congratulate the Senators on the passage of the Bill through the Seanad and on moving it on t...More Button

The creation of a specific criminal offence of perjury has been hailed as a way of combating personal injury fraud and consequently bringing down soaring insurance premiums. This is disingenuous...More Button

Unregulated insurance hikes are also leading to the closure of businesses, particularly in the leisure sector. There is no transparency as to how premiums are calculated. It can be difficult ev...More Button

According to Insurance Ireland, 17 general insurers in the marketplace made combined operating profits of €227 million in 2017, up from €16 million in 2016, a profit increase of over 1,300%. Mot...More Button

The Central Bank is looking into reports that insurance companies are also scamming customers through dual pricing, whereby they charge renewal customers more than new clients, effectively penali...More Button

Insurance companies are cleaning up and it is time for us to look at insurance in a different way. New Zealand got rid of a tort-based system in 1974 in favour of the state-owned Accident Compen...More Button

Another idea would be to open up the insurance market across the EU, which would add to competition and result in lower premiums. In May of this year the European Commission launched a formal an...More Button

There is also the question of whether this Bill will lead to meaningful change in deterring people from lying under oath. Section 25 of the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 provides that wher...More Button

Ken Murphy, the director general of the Law Society, highlighted that there is a lack of will to pursue such cases. CSO figures show that only two perjury offences were recorded in each of the yea...More Button

Domestic Violence: Statements (Continued)

I am sharing time with Deputy Connolly.More Button

First, I acknowledge the time of year, Christmas time, which for many is a happy and joyful time of year, but for some women experiencing domestic violence and their children, can be the most vio...More Button

Alarmingly, the Stop Domestic Violence In Ireland organisation has stated it is already on course to record its busiest ever December after it was inundated with calls over the past few weeks. S...More Button

I will speak of the situation facing domestic violence services in my constituency of Donegal. Currently, the Tusla domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services programme provides funding...More Button

Without adequate funding for Lifeline services, the nearest refuge or support centre is in Letterkenny which could mean a two-hour drive for women coming down from Inishowen. So that the House k...More Button

The Government is putting women and children's lives at risk by not adequately funding the support services. For example, no funding was provided for the domestic violence sector in budget 2020....More Button

  I will conclude by referring to the Istanbul Convention, which was put forward by the Council of Europe and which Ireland ratified on 8 March this year. The Convention on Preventing an...More Button

Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the status of the implementation of the mica redress scheme for affected homeowners in County Donegal; the progress made to date with regard to the implementation arrangements with Donegal County C...More Button