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17.12.2015 Reilly & Varadkar announce start date for smoking ban in cars where children are present Law comes into effect on New Year's Day 2016

Reilly & Varadkar announce start date for smoking ban in cars where children are present Law comes into effect on New Year's Day 2016Thursday 17th December, 2015Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar have announced that a ban on smoking in cars where children are present will come into effect on New Year's Day.The regulation was signed into law this week under the Protection of Children's Health (Tobacco Smoke in
Published on 17 December 2015
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16.12.15 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs welcomes Eighth Report of the Government appointedSpecial Rapporteur on Child Protection [2014]

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, T.D. has today welcomed the Eighth Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Dr. Geoffrey Shannon. The Report relates to developments in 2014.The functions of the Special Rapporteur are:•    to keep under review and to audit legal
Published on 16 December 2015
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11.12.2015 'End corporal punishment' as removal of defence takes effect

Minister Reilly signs commencement order for the removal of the defence of Reasonable ChastisementThe Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly T.D, has today signed the commencement order on the removal of the defence of 'Reasonable Chastisement' under section 28 of the Children First Act 2015. The move means that from tomorrow (Friday 11thDecember) a person who administers corporal punishment to
Published on 11 December 2015
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09.12.2015 Significant new funding to help quality expansion of the free pre-school programmeMinister Reilly announces a €1.5million 'Learner F

Children's Minister James Reilly has today announced funding of €1.5 million for the 'Learner Fund 4' to assist practitioners in Early Childhood Care and Education to upgrade their qualifications.Children benefit most
Published on 09 December 2015
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03.12.2015 Growing Up in Ireland 7th Annual Research Conference and launch of 'Non-parental Childcare and Child Cognitive Outcomes at Age 5: Results

Introduction, Good afternoon everyone. I am delighted to be here today to address the annual  Growing Up in Ireland research conference and to launch the latest report from the study team.  This is the 7th annual GUI conference and the agenda for today's event is high on quantity and quality with;Ø   
Published on 03 December 2015
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27.11.2015 Dáil na nÓg calls for second level students to be given a stronger voice in what happens in the classroom

Second level students need a stronger voice in what happens in the classroom, according to a vote at today's Dáil na nÓg, the country's national youth parliament.Some 200 delegates, aged 12-17, were elected to attend today's Dáil na
Published on 26 November 2015
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24.11.2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has today taken possession of the report from the Joint Committee on Health an


Published on 24 November 2015
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18.11.2015 Children with disabilities attending free pre-school to benefit from major new supports scheme - 'Supporting Access to Early Childhood Ca


Published on 18 November 2015
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11.11.2015 Speech by Minister Reilly , Children First Bill, 2014 - Report to Dáil on Seanad amendments

The enactment of the Children First Bill meets an important legislative commitment in the Programme for Government to, for the first time, put key elements of the Children First Guidance on a statutory footing.As passed by this House, the Bill contained three main elements relating to child welfare and protection and following a Government amendment in Seanad Éireann
Published on 11 November 2015
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01.11.2015 Statement by Department of Children and Youth Affairs regarding the proposed closure of Arc Adoption Agency

Arc Adoption was accredited by the Adoption Authority of Ireland to provide adoption mediation services on February 8th 2011. Arc Adoption is a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital and operates on a “not-for-profit basis”.The Adoption Authority of Ireland advised the Department in mid-September that Arc Adoption would not be seeking
Published on 01 November 2015
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20.10.2015 Minister Reilly welcomes the publication of the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2015

Dr. James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today welcomes the publication of the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2015 which, among other things, will provide for a statutory right to an aftercare plan for eligible children and young people for the first time.Minister Reilly said:“I am delighted to have this Bill published and look forward to bringing it
Published on 21 October 2015
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13.10.2015 Minister Reilly announces significant funding increase for Tusla

Dr. James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced significant additional funding for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, in Budget 2016. Minister Reilly also announced increased funding for the youth sector.Minister Reilly said:“Building a strong and effective Child and Family Agency has been a high priority for me throughout my time as Minister for Children and Youth
Published on 13 October 2015
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13.10.2015 Increased tax on cigarettes will prevent children from becoming lured into a killer addiction - Reilly

Minister Reilly warmly welcomed the announcement that the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes will increase by 50 cent and a pro rata increase on all tobacco products.“World Health Organisation research shows that a 10% price increase leads to a reduction in demand for cigarettes by 4%. Children are more sensitive to price increases. Today's tax
Published on 13 October 2015
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13.10.2015 Minister Reilly announces €85m childcare package in Budget 2016

   
Published on 13 October 2015
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08.10.2015 Minister publishes Ireland's first National Youth Strategy and announces a new Youth Employability Initiative for young people who are at

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly T.D., today publishes Ireland's first National Youth Strategy 2015-2020.  The event will take place in the Bluebell Youth and Community Project, Dublin 12.The National Youth Strategy 2015-2020 sets out Government's aim and
Published on 08 October 2015
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25.09.2015 Minister publishes reference list of qualifications for staff working in the Early Years childcare sector - Dr Reilly announces €500,

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly has today published a comprehensive list of qualifications for staff in the early years sector. This list will enable current and future employees in the early years sector to check at a glance whether their qualification is a
Published on 25 September 2015
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23.09.2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly has strongly welcomed the publication of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences)

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly has strongly welcomed the publication of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015. The wide-ranging Bill deals with a range of reforms of the law. Significantly, the Bill also contains significant measures aimed at protecting children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation.
Published on 23 September 2015
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01.09.2015 Minister Reilly requests review of the operation of 'single separation' policies across the range of children's residential care settin

Minister Reilly said “I am very concerned about the findings of HIQA's inspection report on single separation in the Special Care Unit at Ballydowd. I know that young people in special care units have experienced great difficulties in their lives and that this can spill over into extremely challenging behaviour,
Published on 01 September 2015
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30.07.2015 Minister Reilly announces almost €7 million in Capital Grant Funding for Early Years Services

Minister James Reilly has today announced that almost €7 million in capital funding has been allocated through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 2,415 grantees nationwide. €5 million of the grant funding was made available specifically for community/not for profit childcare services while the other €2 million was made available to both private
Published on 30 July 2015
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27.07.2015 Minister Reilly publishes Adoption Information and Tracing legislation

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. James Reilly has today published the General Scheme and Heads of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill. The bill was considered at Cabinet last Wednesday and the government has agreed to refer the bill to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children for pre-legislative scrutiny.The new legislation, which will provide a statutory basis for the
Published on 27 July 2015
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