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01.07.2016 Statement by Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Launching the Hill Street Family Resource Centre's Photo Ex

'Cherishing All Children of the Nation Equally' - Hill St Exhibition celebrating diversity in North Inner City.
Published on 01 July 2016
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30.06.2016 Publication of Reports of Education-focused Inspection in Early-Years Settings participating in theEarly Childhood Care and Education (ECC

The first reports of education-focused inspections in pre-schools participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme implemented by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs were published by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills today. These inspections examine the quality of
Published on 30 June 2016
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19.06.2016 Over 1000 young people at risk of unemployment to benefit from new Youth Employability Initiative


Published on 19 June 2016
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15.06.2016 Better Pre-School Access for Children with Disabilities'Access and Inclusion Model: AIM' unveiledMinister Zappone urges Parents to apply

Children with disabilities will have better access to pre-school under a new programme of supports unveiled today (15th June 2016) by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD.Announcing the new Access and Inclusion Model, or AIM, Minister Zappone said “This is an important step to break-down barriers
Published on 15 June 2016
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15.06.2016 Children's vision for Ireland of the future reimagined in special event at Áras an Uachtaráin as part of the Centenary Programme

Hundreds of children and young people will attend a special ceremonial event at Áras an Uachtaráin today (Wednesday 15th June) to remember the 40 children who died in the Easter Rising and to share their vision for Ireland.As part of Ireland 2016, and in partnership with the Department of Children and Youth
Published on 15 June 2016
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31.05.2016 Minister Zappone comments on industrial action in Oberstown Children Detention Campus

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD has expressed regret at the decision of care staff in the Oberstown Children Detention Campus, Oberstown, Lusk Co Dublin to engage in industrial action today, 31 May 2016.  “I very much regret the decision of Oberstown care staff to engage in industrial action today.  I understand their concerns relate
Published on 31 May 2016
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30.05.2016 Minister Zappone attends Council of Ministers

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs will today (30 May 2016) attend the Council meeting of Ministers for Youth in Brussels. Ministers will debate the role of youth policy and the youth sector in developing an integrated approach to support youth in their identity development. The discussions will focus on how strong and positive identity development is essential for young people to become competent
Published on 30 May 2016
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20th May 2016 Minister Zappone announces appointment of new Board of Management and governance reforms in Oberstown

Minister Zappone announces appointment of new Board of Management and governance reforms in Oberstown
Published on 23 May 2016
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17.05.2016 Terms of Reference for Case Review Jointly commissioned by Tusla and HSE Cork Former Foster Home CaseAdobe PDF format document

Published on 17 May 2016
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17.05.2016 Finian McGrath TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, and Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Aff

Minister McGrath and Minister Zappone and their officials have conducted a series of discussions with representatives of the HSE and Tusla – the Child and Family Agency, regarding concerns raised
Published on 17 May 2016
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17.05.2016 Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 introduced to Dáil Eireann

Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today presented the first piece of legislation before the 32nd Dail.    Minister Zappone said“I am very pleased that the first piece of legislation to be  brought before the 32nd Dáil gives legislative effect to the Children's  Referendum. This significant Bill allows for the adoption of any child and
Published on 17 May 2016
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05.05.2016 Minister Reilly publishes Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016

Dr. James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced that the Government has approved the publication of the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016.   The primary purpose of the Adoption (Amendment) Bill is to amend the Adoption Act 2010 to give legislative effect to the Children Referendum.  The Bill provides for     •    the adoption of
Published on 05 May 2016
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04.05.2016 Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs - Court of Justice of the European Union Cases relating to the Tobacco Products Direc


Published on 04 May 2016
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04.05.2016 Minister Reilly publishes new Child Care Regulations

Dr James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today signed new Child Care Regulations (the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016) which will come into effect on a phased basis from 30th June 2016.  The new Regulations provide for pre-school services, that is, those services catering for children under the age of 6 who are not attending primary school.The Minister said that he is
Published on 04 May 2016
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28.04.2016 Minister Reilly welcomes Go-Ahead on New Children's Hospital

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly has welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission to build the new children's hospital."This is a great day for all the children of all Ireland. It means that we can look forward to world class treatment for our children in a world class environment.The national children's hospital is a project that I championed when
Published on 28 April 2016
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26.04.2016 Department of Children and Youth Affairs to offer contract following tender process to progress a bail supervision scheme

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, has announced that his department, having secured funding in the 2016 estimates, is to offer a contract to Extern to progress a Bail Supervision Scheme for young offenders.  This is in line with actions outlined in the Youth Justice Action Plan 2014-2018 which continues to be
Published on 26 April 2016
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06.04.2016 'Tacú le Rochtain ar Chlár Cúraim agus Oideachais na Luath-Óige (COLÓ) do Leanaí atá faoi Mhíchumas' Clár Nua Náisiúnta Ardoideachais do

An 6 Aibreán, 2016 Bhronn an tAire Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige agus an tAire Oideachais agus Scileanna conradh le haghaidh clár mór nua ardoideachais atá dírithe ar oideachas agus oiliúint a sholáthar i ndeachleachtas chun leanaí atá faoi mhíchumas a chuimsiú i naíonra. Is deas leis na hAirí a fhógairt gur roghnaíodh cuibhreannas faoi stiúir Choláiste Mhuire gan Smál, Luimneach, i gcomhpháirtíocht le Roinn Froebel in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Má Nuad agus le Luath-Óige Éireann, chun an Clár nua Ardoideachais náisiúnta um Chomhordaitheoirí Cuimsithe i Suíomhanna Luath-Óige a sholáthar.
Published on 11 April 2016
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06.04.2016 'Supporting Access to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme for Children with a Disability. New National Higher Educati

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and the Minister for Education and Skills have awarded a contract for a major new higher education programme aimed at providing education and training in best practice for the inclusion of children
Published on 06 April 2016
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24.02.2016 Minister Reilly announces reform of the Higher Capitation payment made to providers offree pre-school to support building further capacity

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, today announced the reform of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Higher Capitation model to support capacity building and quality development across pre-schools. The changes will take effect from September 2016. From September 2016 in ECCE services, Higher
Published on 24 February 2016
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19.02.2016 Minister Reilly announces the release of €16m for 8,000 extra places under Community Childcare Subvention

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, today announced the release of €16m extra funding from Budget 2016 so that the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) scheme, which subsidises childcare for certain low income parents, will be made more accessible by being available through Private Childcare Service Providers.  The extension
Published on 19 February 2016
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