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14.12.12 Joint statement by Minister Fitzgerald and Bishop Jones on marriage and family

Joint statement by Minister Fitzgerald and Bishop Jones on marriage and family 
Published on 14 December 2012
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05.12.12 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Announces New Supports for Children and Families

6,000 places in a new School Age Childcare Scheme €2.5 million for new Area Based Approach to Child Poverty initiative Capital funding for National Children Detention Facility – to end the practice of detaining 16 and 17 year olds in St. St Patrick's Institution; Savings to be matched by reforms and value-for money reviews.
Published on 05 December 2012
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05.12.12 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes EU Commission youth unemployment package

Minister welcomes proposal to support youth organisations and youth services Minister Fitzgerald to prioritise youth employment during her Presidency of EU Council of Youth Minister
Published on 05 December 2012
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29.11.12 Fitzgerald responds to latest research on obesity, discipline and self-concept among young Irish teenagers

Minister welcomes positive findings in latest 'Growing Up In Ireland' research;Positive attitudes towards families from young teenagers;Minister says problems of obesity, discipline and low self-concept among girls require special attention.
Published on 29 November 2012
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27.11.12 Ireland's EU Presidency to focus on supporting youth employment - Fitzgerald

Ireland's EU Presidency to focus on supporting youth employment - Fitzgerald Minister outlines her Presidency priorities at Council of Youth Ministers in Brussels. The Minister outlined Ireland's national priority themes for the Youth Council Presidency in 2013 which will include a focus on promoting the contribution of youth work to achieving the goals of Europe 2020 growth agenda, in particular in relation to supporting youth employment.
Published on 27 November 2012
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09.11.12 Minister Fitzgerald addresses first-ever Comhairle na nÓg National Showcase

Mental health, bullying, facilities for young people and sexual health are among top issues identified by the Comhairle na nÓgFriday. Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today addressed the Comhairle na nÓg National Showcase in Croke Park.
Published on 09 November 2012
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07.11.12 Minister Fitzgerald launches report on consultation with 66,705 children and young people

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today launched, Life as a Child and Young Person in Ireland: Report of a National Consultation. This consultation was conducted in April 2011 and was completed by 66,705 children and young people across the State.
Published on 06 November 2012
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05.11.12 Minister Fitzgerald Welcomes Setting up of Child Care Law Reporting Project

Dr Carol Coulter to run five year independent research and reporting project on the child care courts. Frances Fitzgerald TD, The Minister of Children and Youth Affairs, has welcomed the setting up of a project which will report and carry out research on child care hearings in the courts.These cases, heard mainly in the District Courts, involve applications by the HSE for orders to protect children,
Published on 05 November 2012
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02.11.12 Children's Minister meets Facebook to discuss cyber-bullying and internet safety

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has this morning met with Facebook management to discuss online safeguards for children given recent concerns over cyber-bullying and internet safety
Published on 02 November 2012
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01.11.12 Minister Fitzgerald announces €2.25 million in capital funding for youth cafes, youth projects and play facilities

Minister makes announcement during visit to Portlaoise to mark National Recreation Week 2012. €500,000 to be provided to youth cafes in 2012 €1.5million in 2013 for youth capital projects, including further youth cafes, €250,000 for play and recreation initiatives in 2013.
Published on 01 November 2012
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26.10.12 Minister Frances Fitzgerald announces National Recreation Week 2012

Minister Frances Fitzgerald announces National Recreation Week 2012 26 October 2012 Every county participating for first time ever Minister says promoting recreation is a not a soft policy issue - it is a key policy response to improving outcomes for children Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has announced that, for the first time, every county in Ireland is participating National Recreation Week.
Published on 26 October 2012
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15.10.12 Minister Fitzgerald publishes Survey on Young People's Body Image

77% of participants ranking body image as important to them; 43% dissatisfied with their body-image.- Irish teenagers are more sensitive to concerns over body-image that in other countries.Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today launched  'How We See It: Report of a Survey on Young People's Body Image'.
Published on 15 October 2012
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11.10.12 Minister Fitzgerald Welcomes Publication of the HSE Diocesan Audit Report

Audit highlights recent improvements. Minister says focus must remain on addressing the need for ongoing improvements. Minister reaffirms Government's commitment to protecting children through stronger legislation, more effective services and changing the Constitution
Published on 11 October 2012
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24.09.12 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes signing of Administrative Agreement on intercountry adoption with Vietnam

Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today attended the official signing of the Administrative Agreement on intercountry adoption at the headquarters of the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI).Minister Ha Hung Cuong, Minister for Justice of Vietnam, signatory for and on behalf of the Vietnamese Central Authority, and Dr Geoffrey Shannon
Published on 24 September 2012
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23.09.12 Minister Fitzgerald hosts Family Day in Farmleigh for Vietnamese visitors.

Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today hosted a Family Day in Farmleigh for Minister Cuong, Vietnamese Minister for Justice, and a delegation of Vietnamese officials. Minister Cuong, and senior officials from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, are visiting Ireland for the purposes of finalising and signing an administrative arrangement for intercountry adoption between
Published on 23 September 2012
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21.09.12 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes visit of Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong of Vietnam

Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has welcomed the forthcoming visit this weekend of the Vietnamese Minister for Justice, Mr. Ha Hung Cuong and senior officials from the Socialist
Published on 21 September 2012
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13.09.2012 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes EU call for youth policy focus on employment

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has welcomed publication this week of a draft joint report from the EU Commission and Council of Ministers on the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy. In particular the Minister welcomes the report's call for an increased youth policy focus on contributing to Europe 2020 growth agenda, including measure to support youth
Published on 13 September 2012
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25.07.12 An Taoiseach Launches National Standards for the Protection and Welfare of Children

Standards-led approach is central to enforcing a new culture of quality, effectiveness and accountability in our child protection system - Fitzgerald
Published on 25 July 2012
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24.07.12 Minister Fitzgerald says quality youth work must play role in responding to youth unemployment and to recent Child Deaths Report

Symposium looks to 'exploring outcomes in youth work and related provision' 
Published on 24 July 2012
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20.07.12 Minister Fitzgerald publishes Report of the Task Force on the Child and Family Support Agency

Child and Family Support Agency to be established in 2013 New Agency brings dedicated focus to child welfare
Published on 20 July 2012
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