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23.05.2017 Zappone Briefs Cabinet on Progress in Oberstown Detention Campus

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone T.D., today briefed the Cabinet on details of a number of reviews commissioned regarding improving services for young people and staff at Oberstown Children Detention Campus (Oberstown) Minister Zappone met with young people, staff and management in Oberstown over the past few months to understand first hand the issues that were causing concern. She was briefed by management
Published on 23 May 2017
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23.05.2017. Zappone welcomes EU recommendation in relation to early years' care and education

“I welcome this recommendation.  I agree that we need to do more. I believe that the steps we are taking to introduce more affordable childcare this September will have a significant impact on helping parents to take up jobs or go back to training and education. 
Published on 23 May 2017
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19.05.2017 More Affordable Childcare Information Campaign Starts

“4,200 providers invited to take part in schemes delivering an extra €19m". Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone19th May 2017Childcare services across the country are being invited to be part of childcare changes which will see families benefit by an extra €19m from September, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The Minister is writing to 4,200 providers as part of the first
Published on 19 May 2017
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19.05.2017 Play and Recreation projects in funding boost

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone TD, today announced funding for children's play and recreation projects across Ireland 22 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. The total value of the Scheme is €250,000
Published on 19 May 2017
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17.05.2017 Seanad Statements on the Second Interim Report of the Commission of investigation into Mother and Baby Homes Statement by Katherine Zappon

I welcome today's opportunity for statements on the Second Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters. Following a short first interim report last July, the Commission submitted its second interim report to me in
Published on 17 May 2017
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17.05.2017 Speech for Minister Zappone at Launch of Women's Aid Impact Report 2016

I would like to thank Margaret Martin, your Chief Executive, for the kind invitation to join you today. It is a privilege for me to be here to launch the Women's Aid Impact Report for 2016.  At the outset, I wish to say how vital your work, and that of the many volunteers, is in providing services to victims of domestic violence.Without your enormous contribution, and the contribution of all
Published on 17 May 2017
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12.05.2017 Childcare for children with disabilities – support scheme reopens

Applications for supports for children with disabilities to enter the free pre-school programme in September are now being accepted, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. Announcing that the Access Inclusion Model programme (AIM) is now accepting new
Published on 12 May 2017
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11.05.2017 Children leaving care to be granted extra rights from September500-600 children a year will have statutory right to 'Aftercare Plan 'Sta

500-600 children leaving care each year after reaching the age of 18 will have the right to an aftercare plan from 1st September which will identify required supports, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has announced.Answering questions in the Dáil
Published on 11 May 2017
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24.04.2017 Zappone fights for more cash to combat poverty and improve young lives €4.5m confirmed for community projects for 2017 - Statement by

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is to fight for more money to fund community based projects combatting child poverty.Minister Katherine Zappone made the commitment as she confirmed €4.5m to secure the continuation of 13 Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programmes until the end of this year.The money
Published on 24 April 2017
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23.04.2017 Young voices forming National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy – a world first!Regional meetings announced as 3,000 take part in online consultation

Young people across the country are being invited to regional meetings to help form the world's first LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy. The road-trip is being confirmed as the numbers filling out an online consultation passes the 3,000 mark in just one week. Welcoming the figures, the Minister for Children and Youth
Published on 23 April 2017
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19.04.2017 Extra Support For Youth Work

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has announced €2m in funding to the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) to support their work with children and young people Funding is up 15% over last year's allocation.
Published on 19 April 2017
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18.04.2017 Funding of 1.1m announced for small local youth clubs"10% is recognition of the tremendous work being done in communities"Statem

A €1.17m fund has been announced for small local youth clubs by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. The funding represents a 10% increase on last year and is aimed at small volunteer led organisations. Minister Zappone says up to 1,600 groups with over 90,000
Published on 18 April 2017
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18.04.2017 Childcare Scheme for Families who are homeless extended - Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone

An €8.25m scheme to provide free childcare to under 5-year olds living in emergency accommodation is being extended outside Dublin to nine other regions, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has confirmed.The Minister says Councils in Clare, Cork City, Cavan, Donegal, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Offaly, Wicklow have signed up to get
Published on 18 April 2017
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12.04.2017 Government announces plans for the delivery of more affordable childcare this September Highest levels of supports for families with the l

Wednesday 12th April, 2017Government has agreed its plan to make childcare more affordable from September using the additional €19m of childcare funding agreed in Budget 2017. Minister Katherine Zappone said:
Published on 12 April 2017
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11.04.2017 Commission on Mother and Baby Homes: Second Interim Report published today Health and well-being needs of Survivors and Former Resid

Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today (11 April 2017) published the Second Interim Report of the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes.The Minister thanked
Published on 11 April 2017
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05.04.2017 Scouts, Sports, Theatre benefit from €10.6m Youth Funding Funding for National Youth Groups announced Statement by Minister Katherine

Wednesday 5th April, 2017 Scouting organisations, Sports, the Arts and LGBT Youth are among groups to benefit from €10.6m in funding, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.Most organisation are enjoying an increase of at least 5% after the Minister secured extra funding in the Budget.Making the announcement
Published on 05 April 2017
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05.04.2017 Guardian ad litem arrangements Pre-legislative Scrutiny by the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Children and Youth Affairs - Opening stateme

5th April 2017I thank the Joint Committee and its Chairman, Deputy Daly, for providing me and officials of my Department with the opportunity to brief the Committee on the General Scheme of the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2017. I welcome the Committee's engagement and interest in the matter.The General Scheme
Published on 05 April 2017
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05.04.2017 Procurement for the provision of Services to Measure and Assess the Quality of Early Years Provision in Ireland

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, today announced that a request for tenders for the provision of services to measure and assess the quality of early years provision in Ireland will be issued later this evening.An assessment of the quality of early years provision in an Irish context was first recommended in the 2013 'Right from
Published on 05 April 2017
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04.04.2017 Dr Katherine Zappone, T.D., Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Barnardos Guardian ad Litem Service 20th Anniversary Conference Gett

**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY** Good afternoon, Chair, ladies and gentlemen. I'm delighted to be here this afternoon to address this Conference, which marks 25 years since the 1991
Published on 04 April 2017
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04.04.2017 Reform of Child Care Act to allow Children's voices to be heard “All children in child-care proceedings must have opportunity to access I

Statement by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. A full review of the child care act will ensure that children in crisis are given supports, protections and a voice in their future, according
Published on 04 April 2017
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