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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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15.02.2016 West Clare Early Years Care and Education Services - Statement at Community Meeting on Monday 15 February

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is aware of the terrible difficulties the closure of West Clare Early Years Care and Education Services imposes on families in the West Clare area and on staff who have worked there. The Department is committed to doing whatever it can to work with parents, the local community and service providers to enable families access high quality childcare as a matter of urgency.The community is aware that
Published on 16 February 2016
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10.02.2016 Minister Reilly announces capital funding totalling €4 million for Early Years services in 2016

Dr James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced the launch of capital funding totalling €4 million for Early Years services in 2016 (EYC2016).Minister Reilly stated:“In Budget 2016 we significantly expanded funding to make more affordable childcare more available to more people. A major initiative was the expansion of free pre-school
Published on 10 February 2016
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04.02.2016 Publication of the UNCRCs Concluding Observations

A meeting took place on 14th January, 2016 between a high-level and multisectoral Irish delegation, led by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  Further to that meeting, the Committee's concluding observations were received on 4th February, 2016.The Minister welcomes the concluding observations and is pleased to note
Published on 04 February 2016
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29.01.2016 Minister Reilly welcomes new Tusla CEO

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly today (29 January 2016) welcomed the appointment of Fred McBride as the new Chief Executive of Tusla. The Minister said:I want to congratulate Fred on his well-deserved appointment.  I have worked with him since becoming Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, and I know that he will bring excellent ability and huge experience to the area of children and family
Published on 29 January 2016
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14.01.2016 Closing remarks by Dr James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

Madame Chair and Members of the Committee,I want to begin by thanking you for the opportunity you have given us today to engage with you. I outlined in my opening statement some of the ways in which Government has demonstrated its commitment to the children's rights agenda and some key achievements. As significant, to my mind, is that we accept and acknowledge that we are still
Published on 14 January 2016
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14.01.2016 Opening Statement by Dr James Reilly Minister for Children and Youth Affairs at a hearing of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of

The UNCRC hearings will form the basis for a report on the country's record in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Minister Reilly is joined by officials from 7 different government departments outlining progress made in Ireland on children and children's rights to the committee. The last time Ireland appeared before the committee was in 2006.
Published on 14 January 2016
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13.01.2016 Minister Reilly announces tender for services under Bail Supervision Scheme


Published on 13 January 2016
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