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21.05.2015 Minister Reilly announces awards under the DCYA Capital Grant Scheme for Play and Recreation 2015

Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today (Thursday 21st May 2015) announced that he has sanctioned payments of €250,000 for children's play and recreation projects across Ireland. 21 Local Authorities will benefit from funding for projects under the Capital Grant Scheme for Play and Recreation for new and innovative play and recreation projects and the improvement of existing facilities.
Published on 21 May 2015
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14.05.2015 Minister Reilly launches 'Better Start, the National Early Years Quality Development Service' initiative topromote and enhance quality o

Thursday 14 May 2015 Dr. James Reilly, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs officially launched 'Better Start, the National Early Years Quality Development Service', an initiative that aims to promote and enhance the quality of early childhood care and education.  Speaking at
Published on 14 May 2015
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12.05.2015 Minister Reilly announces capital grants for 16 youth projects and organisations throughout the country

Tuesday 12th May 2015 Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today (May 2015) announced the allocation of grants to to 16 youth projects across the country to fund small capital projects.  The aim of this capital funding scheme is to provide much needed assistance to youth projects to provide for health and safety improvements to premises or for the
Published on 12 May 2015
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01.05.2015 Minister Reilly extends the time for parents to give their views on Future Investment in Early Years and School-Age (After-School and Out-

Extension of the time frame for public consultation with parents and guardians 'Parents, have your say on the issue of childcare and early education' – Minister James Reilly
Published on 01 May 2015
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30.04.2015 Press statement by Dr. James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, regarding child protection issues in the Laois/Offaly are

Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs wishes to advise that Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, on Monday evening last, 27 April, notified his Department that it has identified evidence of significant risks in how referrals were managed
Published on 30 April 2015
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24.04.2015 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly has welcomed the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court today to uphold the result o


Published on 24 April 2015
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23.04.2015 Briefing Document on IDG on Childcare and Early YearsAdobe PDF format document

Published on 23 April 2015
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23.04.2015 'Have your say on the issue of childcare and early education' - Minister Reilly announces public consultation on Future Investment in Ea

'Have your say on the issue of childcare and early education' – Minister James Reilly. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly, T.D., is inviting submissions from interested parties, including parents and practitioners to inform the work of his recently established
Published on 23 April 2015
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16.04.2015 Dr. James Reilly T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced the launch of capital funding totalling €7 millio


Published on 16 April 2015
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13.04.2015 Minister Reilly publishes High Level Policy Statement on Supporting Parents and Families

Minister James Reilly today announced the publication by his Department of a national High Level Policy Statement on Parenting and Family Support.  Speaking at the announcement of details of the Child and Family Agency's Prevention, Participation and Family Support Programme in Dublin Castle, Minister Reilly stated that the Policy Statement, together with
Published on 13 April 2015
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09.04.2015 Minister Reilly welcomes announcement of free GP care for all children under six


Published on 09 April 2015
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30.03.2015 Oberstown to commence taking 17 year old males remanded in custody – Minister Reilly

Oberstown campus to take 17 year old males remanded in custody from Monday, 30 March 2015 Oberstown capital development project nearing completion Ending of practice of detaining children in adult prison facilities prioritised for 2015   The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, has announced that the Oberstown children detention school campus in Lusk, Co
Published on 30 March 2015
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19.03.2015 Dr James Reilly, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs was today the keynote speaker at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Heal

Thursday 19th March 2015 The conference is held once every three years and is the most important international gathering which consider the dangers of smoking to our health.Dr Reilly was invited to speak at the conference where he outlined the challenges involved in Ireland becoming only the second country in
Published on 19 March 2015
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03.02.2015 Ireland becomes only the second country in the world to pass standardised packaging legislation

In a move to protect citizens - especially children - from a killer addiction, the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill has now passed all stages in the Oireachtas.Ireland has become only the second country in the world – and the first in Europe – to pass standardised packaging legislation through its Parliament.Standardised packaging will remove all
Published on 03 March 2015
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19.02.2015 Minister Reilly announces the establishment of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters

Thursday 19th February, 2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, today announced that he has appointed three Commissioners to lead the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and certain related matters. The Minister confirmed the appointment of Judge Yvonne Murphy as Commission Chairperson, with international legal
Published on 19 February 2015
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03.02.2015 Minister James Reilly announces the nominee for the new Ombudsman for Children


Published on 03 February 2015
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22.01.2015 Minister Reilly welcomes news that the British Government will bring forward a tobacco plain packaging plan

Thursday 22nd January 2015Minister James Reilly has welcomed the news that the British Government will bring forward a plain packaging plan for vote in the parliament before the next election. "Here in Ireland our legislation providing for plain packaging will be at committee stage in the Dail in the next weeks. It is great news that our nearest neighbour is likely to join us in
Published on 22 January 2015
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14.01.2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has announced that Dr Fergal Lynch is the new Secretary General in the Departm

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has announced that Dr Fergal Lynch is the new Secretary General in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. His appointment was made by the Government at this morning's Cabinet meeting. He replaces Mr Jim Breslin.Dr. Lynch has been
Published on 14 January 2015
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09.01.2015 Minister Reilly publishes the Terms of Reference for the Commission of Investigation intoMother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters

Friday 9th January 2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, has today (9th January 2015) published the Terms of Reference for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters. Yesterday the Cabinet approved the publication of the draft order, which will formally establish the
Published on 09 January 2015
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