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19.07.2017 Minister Zappone welcomes the signing of the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 by the President in to lawLaw ensures children's best interes

Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today welcomed the signing of the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 by the President in to law.Speaking today Minister Zappone said “I welcome the signing of this
Published on 19 July 2017
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19.07.2017 Childcare Capital Funding Doubled to €8.4m : Zappone - More than 2,200 new childcare places pave way for big changes in September“Acc

Funding to improve childcare services is to be doubled to €8.4m, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.Minister Zappone has announced that
Published on 19 July 2017
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17.07.2017 Families receiving childcare supports in unprecedented numbers - Five times more children joining measures aimed at low income families -

The number of children supported by targeted childcare schemes aimed at the less well-off has reached unprecedented levels following a huge upturn in the past month, according to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The jump is being attributed to a
Published on 17 July 2017
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13.07.2017 Minister Zappone welcomes passage of the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 through Oireachtas 13th July 2017

Speaking this evening Minister Zappone said “I welcome the passage of this important child-centred Bill through the Houses of the Oireachtas. Adoption is a hugely significant event in the life of a child. As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I am conscious of the importance of providing for an adoption process that is fully inclusive of everyone involved, and where children's best interests are always at the heart of decisions involving them. ”
Published on 13 July 2017
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12.07.2017 Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs Opening remarks by Dr Katherine Zappone TD Minister for Children and Youth Affair

I welcome this opportunity to address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs on foster care services in Ireland.  I pay close attention to the work of this Committee, which is very relevant to the work of my Department.  I know that this Committee has
Published on 12 July 2017
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12.07.2017 Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs Update on Affordable Childcare - Opening remarks by Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Mini

I am very pleased to meet with the Committee this morning to provide an update on the measures, which are being put in place to make childcare more affordable for families from September and to outline the progress that has been made since we last met on 8 February in developing the Affordable Childcare
Published on 12 July 2017
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11.07.2017 Thousands Of Parents Check Out More Affordable Childcare

Thousands of parents are preparing for the start of More Affordable Childcare in September with over 173,000 page visits to an information website in the past month, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.
Published on 11 July 2017
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10.07.2017 Families In Crisis Receive Extra Free Childcare

Zappone takes further steps to improve access to childcare for families who are homeless and programme refugees Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Free childcare schemes for families who are homeless and refugees starting new lives in Ireland are to be expanded, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. Free childcare for families which are homeless
Published on 10 July 2017
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07.07.2017 Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today (7 July 2017) published her Departments first monthly update on is

The Minister has introduced this new approach to communication to ensure former residents, their families and supporters have access to information on the matters of concern to them on a regular basis.The monthly updates will provide information on the measures being progressed across Government to
Published on 07 July 2017
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05.07.2017 Achieving Affordable Accessible Quality ChildcareRemarks by Minster for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, Dáil Éireann

***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY***INTRODUCTION Ceann Comhairle,The first big step to changing Irish childcare forever is now just eight weeks away.Up to 70,000 children will benefit from extra subsidies and supports – it will be an important moment.This is the first big practical step to changing one of the most expensive childcare
Published on 05 July 2017
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04.07.2017 Childcare Supports could reach €7,500 for some children Dáil told 'radical new approach' will benefit up to 70,000 children - State

Some children will receive childcare benefits up to €7,500 a year from September, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has told the Dáil. Minister Zappone says up to 70,000 children will have extra
Published on 04 July 2017
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28.06.2017 Implementation Plan for Tusla Actions arising from Dr. Shannon's audit of the application of section 12 by An Garda SíochánaAdobe PDF format document

Published on 28 June 2017
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28.06.2017 Implementing the Child Protection Audit Implementation Plan published Minister to address Oireachtas on Child Protection Statement by the

Protecting, supporting and caring for children is my mission and the mission of Tusla and of my Department. It is an area of work which we keep under constant review to ensure best practice, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone.
Published on 28 June 2017
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23.06.2017 LGBTI and Young People report bullying, harassment, discrimination

Results of online consultation show 'huge importance' of Pride Preparation of World's First LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy continues 
Published on 23 June 2017
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12.06.2017 Extra €3.5m payment announced for childcare providers Service providers who sign up to More Affordable Childcare measures from this S

An extra €3.5m will be made available to childcare providers in the form of a 'non-contact time payment' announced today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr.
Published on 12 June 2017
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12.06.2017 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launches Ireland's first Bail Supervision Scheme for young people

Ireland's first Bail Supervision Scheme (BSS) for young offenders is being officially launched at Government Buildings later today by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, T.D.
Published on 12 June 2017
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02.06.2017 Minister Zappone's invitation for expressions of interest in relation to facilitated discussions

Dear Sir/Madam As you know, the Second Interim Report of the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes was published recently.  Having reflected on it carefully, I would like to invite survivors and former residents, including their representative groups, to an initial meeting in Dublin City Centre on Friday the 30th June.The initial meeting will be followed with a series of
Published on 02 June 2017
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02.06.2017 Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) Programme Wins Best Online Learning Experience Award at the 2017 Education Awards and Up to 1,000 early ye

The Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) higher education programme for early years practitioners won the award for 'Best Online Learning Experience' at the 2017 Education Awards ceremony. The Education Awards recognise, encourage and celebrate
Published on 02 June 2017
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01.06.2017 Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children & Youth Affairs today announced the appointment of a team of international experts

Minister Zappone's speech also dealt with a number of other significant issues in relation to the burial site in Tuam including, Transitional Justice Measures to explore why these events occurred. Improved Communication measures to provide regular updates on the programme of work relating to mother and baby homes to concerned parties. Health and well-being supports and improved Access to the records of former Mother and Baby Homes.
Published on 01 June 2017
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30.05.2017 Minister for Children launches Information Campaign on More Affordable Childcare at Government Buildings

“Highest levels of new childcare supports will go to families on the lowest incomes"
Published on 29 May 2017
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