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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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08.07.2017 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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12.05.2014 Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs welcomes Erasmus+ (2014-2020) bringing over 16 million Euro to support youth

Minister Charlie Flanagan T.D. welcomed the launch, by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi, Quinn T.D. of the  Erasmus+ 2014 – 2020- the EU's support programme for life long learning, training and sport.Minister Flanagan stated “I am happy to be in the position to
Published on 12 May 2014
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30.04.2014 Children First Bill “a quantum shift in child protection” - Fitzgerald.


Published on 30 April 2014
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16.04.14 Government launches 'Better Outcomes Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 – 2020'

Minister Fitzgerald joined by an Taoiseach and Tánaiste for launch in Dublin Castle•    Framework sets-out transformation goals and outcomes for children and young people and new structures reporting to the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy•    Minister says Framework is
Published on 16 April 2014
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14.04.2014 Minister Fitzgerald publishes Children First Bill 2014

New law to strengthen child protection in Ireland Acting on the 2009 Ryan Report Implementation Plan Delivery of key Programme for Government commitment  Monday 14th April 2014Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has announced that legislation agreed at cabinet to put the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children [2011] on a statutory footing will today
Published on 14 April 2014
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04.04.2014 Minister Fitzgerald announces €3 million Childcare Capital programme

Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has today announced the launch of capital funding totalling €3 million for community childcare services, parent and toddler groups and childminders.The Minister also confirmed that a further capital funding scheme would be announced in the autumn which would be open to both community and private services.  The details of
Published on 04 April 2014
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26.03.2014 Minister Fitzgerald announces new 'Learner Fund' for childcare staff seeking qualifications

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, today launched a 'Learner Fund' totalling €3 million over two years to support staff in early years services who need to up-skill to meet new qualification requirements.Minister Fitzgerald stated: “Increasing staff qualification requirements is a key objective of my 8
Published on 26 March 2014
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21.03.2014 Minister Fitzgerald promoting Irish trade, investment and culture in Japan

Meetings with leading Japanese and Irish business figuresBuilding on Taoiseach's visit last DecemberDeveloping strong links with Japanese universitiesStrengthening cultural links between Ireland and Japan Friday 21st March 2014Minister Frances Fitzgerald T.D visited Japan from 15th-21st of March to join the St. Patrick's Day celebrations and enhance trade, investment and cultural links with
Published on 21 March 2014
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14.03.14 Minister Fitzgerald lays wreath at Memorial to Irish who died in Korean War

Frances Fitzgerald T.D. Minister of Children and Youth Affairs visited Seoul, South Korea, from 12-15 March 2014 to mark St. Patrick's Day. During her visit the Minister: ·    Explored the potential for further increases in trade and investment between Ireland and Korea through discussions with country managers and partners of Irish companies in Korea;
Published on 14 March 2014
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