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07.12.2016 New national analysis of childcare services shows sharp increase in children availing of free pre-school year - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown has

New national analysis of childcare services shows sharp increase in children availing of free pre-school yearDun Laoghaire-Rathdown has highest childcare costs, with Monaghan the lowestWednesday 7th December, 2016A new report which provides an overview of the 4,300 facilities providing childcare services across Ireland shows that between September 2015 and June 2016, 73,964 children enrolled in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) free preschool year. This represents an increase of 13%
Published on 07 December 2016
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01.12.2016 Speech by Minister Katherine Zaponne Adoption Authority of Ireland Seminar –Adoption (Amendment) Bill1st of December 2016

**Check Against Delivery**Introduction Adoption is a huge event in the life of a child – it is an opportunity to change young lives for the better. The Changes in our Adoption Laws which I am currently working on will bring that opportunity to hundreds of young people in care. This is a significant moment for children, young people and those who are given the
Published on 01 December 2016
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29.11.2016 'Voices of Young Travellers must be heard' Remarks by Dr Katherine Zappone,Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Launch of 'Including

Thank you for you kind welcome and for presenting the findings of 'Including Young Travellers'. While there are many parts of the research to welcome there are others which raise a serious question.Namely why do Young Travellers not feel welcome in mainstream
Published on 29 November 2016
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25.11.2016 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: ADOPTION (INFORMATION & TRACING) BILL 2016Adobe PDF format document

Published on 25 November 2016
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25.11.2016 Brexit and Young People–Joint approach needed across Irish Sea-Zappone joins youth Ministers at British-Irish Council (Friday) Statement

Young people on both sides of the Irish Sea must be given an active voice in the Brexit process, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. Speaking ahead of a meeting of the British-Irish Council Minister Zappone said the
Published on 25 November 2016
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25.11.2016 Minister Zappone publishes the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016

An adopted person aged 18 years or over who was adopted prior to commencement will have a statutory entitlement to the information required to apply for his or her birth certificate, subject to certain conditions. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, today published the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016.The Minister said “I am delighted to be able to
Published on 25 November 2016
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24.11.2016 Young people showcase their local civic engagement in Comhairle na nÓg Showcase 2016

Youth councils around the country target mental health, well-being and facilities for young people 24th November 2016Croke Park, Hogan Stand Suite500 young people, aged 12 -17, from Comhairle na nÓg all over Ireland today (24/11/2016) showcased their trojan work from the past year in protecting the rights of young people and projecting their voices amongst decision makers countrywide. Dr.
Published on 24 November 2016
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18.11.2016 North South Ministerial Council Armagh Remarks by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone

Impact of Brexit on 100,000 Children must be considered Brexit Dialogue must include Human rights obligations of Good Friday Similar Child Protection Standards needed across Ireland    Friday 18th November, 2016Taoiseach, Ministers, Colleagues,An estimated 100,000 children and young people in our border regions will face the full impact of Brexit every day.Hundreds
Published on 18 November 2016
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14.112016 Speech by Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Opening of Focus Ireland's week of events running up to Univer

Thank you for asking me to join you as Focus Ireland takes a lead in counting down to UN Universal Children's Day next Sunday.Your actions are an important reminder to all about our international obligations and moral duty to uphold the rights and welfare of the children of the world.It is always a
Published on 14 November 2016
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14.11.2016 Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures Advisory Council Meeting with Minister re Brexit

Good Morning Everyone,Can I thank you for joining us for what I believe is an important gathering.At the outset can I acknowledge that you have come here at relatively short notice, but today I do want to begin a dialogue on an important issue we face as a nation.  The Government's preparations for Brexit have been on-going for over a year now.  Our planning
Published on 14 November 2016
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28.10.2016 Minister Zappone launches Consultation on new Affordable Childcare Scheme


Published on 28 October 2016
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26.10.16 Minister Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs announced the commencement of new youth services for young people aged 1

“I am pleased to announce that I have authorised the commencement of the youth work schemes this month in South East Cavan, West Wicklow, Drogheda, County Louth, in Cahir, County Tipperary and in the Fethard / Killenaule area of Tipperary.” 
Published on 26 October 2016
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22.10.2016 Young People to benefit from €57m in funding 10% boost in funding offers new opportunities for sport, arts and community project

 Young People to benefit from €57m in funding10% boost in funding offers new opportunities for sport, arts and community projectsZappone confirms funding boost ahead of meetings with National Youth OrganisationsStatement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Saturday 22nd October, 2016Young people across the country are to benefit from an allocation in youth funding of just over €57m which represents a 10%, according to the Minister for
Published on 22 October 2016
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18.10.2016 Seanad Statement by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

A chairde, I welcome the opportunity to come here today and discuss my work in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and look forward to hearing your views and input.As you will be aware my remarks are timely coming a week after the announcement of Budget 2017 and just as the long overdue public, political and media debate on childcare is finally
Published on 18 October 2016
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12.10.2016 Minister Zappone announces total funding of €713m in 2017 for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency an increase of €37m over Budget


Published on 12 October 2016
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11.10.2016 Budget 2017: Statement by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

€ 1.3 billion investment in children and young people Early Years Funding increases by 35% to €466m to allow new Affordable Childcare Scheme Tusla allocation increases to over €713m Tuesday 11th October, 2016 A 15% increase in funding has been secured for services to support children, young people and families in Budget 2017, according to Minister
Published on 11 October 2016
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05.10.2016 Opening Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone at Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Introduction I am very pleased to meet the Committee this morning to deal with issues relating to the Estimates for my Department and my plans for the future in the context of the Programme for Government.  I welcome the opportunity to brief the Committee on the key issues from my perspective.Before that may I once again extend an invitation to visit
Published on 05 October 2016
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03.10.2016 Launch of 'Breaking Point' A review of Community Early Childhood Education and Care Services in Cork City and South County Dublin Remark


Published on 03 October 2016
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29.09.2016 Remarks by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs at launch of Doing the Sums: The Real Cost of Childcare in Irelan

Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for the invitation to the launch of Early Childhood Ireland's  Doing the Sums: The Real Cost of Providing Childcare in Ireland.At the outset let me say that we are gathering during what is an important time for the sector.After years of campaigning the issues related to childcare are now the
Published on 29 September 2016
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22.09.2016 Minister Zappone - Launch of 'Healthy Lifestyles – Have Your Say' A report of consultations with children and young people

“I am very pleased to launch Healthy Lifestyles Have Your Say which outlines the views of children and young people on factors that help and hinder them in having a healthy lifestyle”, said Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.The Minister was speaking at the
Published on 22 September 2016
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