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22.10.20145 Child Care in Practice Journal 20th Anniversary, All Ireland Learning Event, Ballymascanlon Hotel Dundalk

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD, today opened the conference 'Developments in Early Intervention and Family Support – Assessing the Impact for Children' This conference was organised by the Child Care in Practice Journal, which is celebrating 20 years of supporting practitioners across all disciplines
Published on 22 October 2014
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21.10.2014 Teenager's views sought on the ideal qualities for the Ombudsman for Children

Morrison Hotel, Dublin Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today opened a consultation with young people (aged 13-17) seeking their views on the person specification for the recruitment of the Ombudsman for Children. Speaking at the event Minister Reilly said: “Today you will get the chance to give your views on
Published on 21 October 2014
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20.10.2014 Children's views sought on the ideal qualities for the Ombudsman for Children

Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today opened a consultation with children (aged 8-12) seeking their views on the person specification for the recruitment of the Ombudsman for Children. Speaking at the event Minister Reilly said: “Today you will get the chance to give your views on what kind
Published on 20 October 2014
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14.10.2014 Department of Children and Youth Affairs - Budget 2015

€1,010 million to provide a range of key services in respect of children and young people Includes an additional €26m for the Child and Family Agency, Tusla
Published on 14 October 2014
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08.10.2014 Speech by Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Protection of Children's Health (Tobacco Smoke in Mechanically Pro

Protection of Children's Health (Tobacco Smoke in Mechanically Propelled Vehicles) Bill 2012Dáil ÉireannSecond Stage SpeechDr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children & Youth AffairsWednesday 8th October, 2014 Wednesday 8th October 2014I move that this Bill be read a second time.IntroductionI am pleased to be here today to introduce this important Bill to the House. Protecting children from harmful tobacco products has long been a priority for me, both as Minister for
Published on 08 October 2014
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29.09.2014 Children to join search for new Ombudsman - Minister Reilly announces the process to recruit new Ombudsman for Children

James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced the competitive process to recruit a new Ombudsman for Children. The Minister also stressed the important role that children themselves will play in the selection of the new Ombudsman.The current Ombudsman for Children, Ms Emily Logan, will vacate her position on
Published on 28 September 2014
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25.09.2014 Minister Reilly welcomes the announcement that France plans to follow Ireland and introduce Standardised Packaging for cigarettes

Thursday 25th September 2014Dr James Reilly, T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today welcomed the announcement from the French Minister for Health that France plans to follow Ireland and introduce Standardised Packaging for cigarettes.Ireland became the second country in the world, and the first in Europe, to commit to introduce Standardised Packaging in May 2013. The Irish legislation is currently passing through the Oireachtas and will be re-introduced into the Dáil shortly. The UK has published draft regulations and France is now also committing to Standardised Packaging.
Published on 25 September 2014
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17.09.2014 Minister Reilly Announces Ireland to sign United Nations protocol aimed at further enhancing the rights of children

Minister Reilly is pleased to announce that the Government today approved his proposal that the Third Optional Protocol to the UNCRC, providing for a communication procedure between citizens of participating states and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, be signed and ratified by Ireland at an early date. The move will give children in Ireland
Published on 17 September 2014
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23.07.2014 Children's Department says future funding will depend on implementation of Tobacco Free policy

Dr James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs  has today announced that he has requested his department to review its funding arrangements to take account of the Tobacco Free Ireland policy. The Minister made the announcement as he sanctioned payments of €250,000 for children's play and recreation projects across Ireland. 19 local authorities
Published on 23 July 2014
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16.07.2014 Minister Reilly Announces Important Steps in Establishing an Effective Investigation into the Mother and Baby Home Controversy

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly T.D., today announced that Judge Yvonne Murphy has agreed to Chair the Commission of Investigation into matters related to mother and baby homes.   Minister Reilly said:“I am delighted that a widely respected person of the calibre of Judge
Published on 16 July 2014
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15.07.2014 Minister Reilly announces €2.5 million capital funding for community childcare providers

Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced that €2.5 million in capital funding has been allocated to 163 grantees. The 2014 Early Years Capital programme was open to community not-for-profit services, reflecting the Minister's commitment to securing the sustainability of community services, particularly in disadvantaged
Published on 15 July 2014
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08.07.2014 Access to after-school and community employment childcare programmes to be extended

Changes to eligibility and parental contributions will increase childcare supports for low-income families making their way into employment. Charlie Flanagan TD, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and Joan Burton TD, the Minister for Social Protection have today (08 July 2014) announced that the afterschool childcare (ASCC) programme and the
Published on 08 July 2014
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03.07.2014 Minister Flanagan Releases Performance Framework for the Child and Family Agency

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D., today announced that he has issued the first Performance Framework for the consideration of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla.The Performance Framework model was devised having regard to the Report of the Taskforce on the Establishment of the Child and Family Agency, which addressed itself directly to the question of
Published on 03 July 2014
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02.07.2014 National Play Day - Sunday, 6th July 2014

Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced that 31 local authorities have been granted funding to run events on National Play Day, which takes place this year on Sunday, 6th July.Announcing National Play Day 2014, Minister Flanagan said: “The aim of National Play Day is to help increase public awareness of the importance of play in supporting children's physical and social
Published on 02 July 2014
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01.07.2014 Statement by the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Update on Mother & Baby Home Commission of Investigation

Today (Tuesday), Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs briefed Cabinet on the interim report of the Cross Departmental Review Committee. The Committee, comprised of senior officials from eight government departments and a number of State agencies, was asked to scope the issues relevant to a Commission of Investigation into Mother and
Published on 01 July 2014
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25.06.2014 Update from Minister Flanagan re Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation

Deadline for Submissions on Terms of Reference. Consultative Meetings underway. Following the Government decision to establish a Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, the process of developing a detailed terms of reference for the Commission is underway, led by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs who is being supported by a high level Cross Departmental Review
Published on 25 June 2014
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18.06.2014 Update from Minister Flanagan on Commission of Investigation Minister sets out information & counselling services available

 •    New email address for submissions on Terms of Reference of Commission of Investigation (motherandbabyhomes@dcya.gov.ie)•    Telephone Information line for people seeking information or details of support available •    Extension of  CONNECT (free telephone out of hours professional counselling
Published on 17 June 2014
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14.06.14 GAA seeks the views of young people

Charlie Flanagan T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today attended a consultation to get the views of young people in decision-making within the GAA. The consultation is the first step in an initiative of the GAA to establish structures to give children and young people a voice in decision making.  120 young people, (aged 15 – 19)   acting as
Published on 13 June 2014
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02.06.2014 National Recreation Week 2014 (2nd June – 8th June)

Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced that 30 local authorities are participating in National Recreation Week 2014.National Recreation Week 2014 will run from Monday, 2nd until Sunday, 8th June. The focus for this year's events is on giving young people an opportunity to participate in recreation activities they have never before tried. Announcing National
Published on 02 June 2014
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14.05.2014 Minister Flanagan announces €5 million in New Capital Funding for Childcare

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D., today announced that his Department is receiving an additional €5 million in capital funding this year.  The funding is expected to be used to support quality improvements to childcare services and is additional to the Department's existing 2014 capital allocation for childcare of €3.25
Published on 14 May 2014
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