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22.12.2016 Oberstown Industrial Action deferral welcome - Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone

Oberstown Industrial Action deferral welcome - Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Thursday 22nd December, 2016 “The deferral of planned industrial action at the Oberstown Campus is welcome and in the best interests of all at the North Dublin Centre. I urge all sides to fully engage with the independent expert who will review health and safety on the site.”ENDS//
Published on 22 December 2016
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19.12.2016 Una Mullally appointed Independent Chair of first LGBT National Youth Strategy - Consultations with young people to commence in New Year -

Una Mullally appointed Independent Chair of first LGBT National Youth Strategy. Consultations with young people to commence in New Year. Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Monday 19th December, 2016Author, Journalist and Activist Una Mullally has been appointed as Independent Chair of the group to oversee the first ever National LGBT Youth Strategy by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The group will consult and
Published on 19 December 2016
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16.12.2016 Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced four new appointments of the Board of Tusla, the Child and

Appointments to the Board of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Friday 16th December, 2016. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, has announced four new appointments of the Board of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.  The following persons have been appointed to the Board with effect from 1 January, 2017, to fill four impending vacancies:·    Professor Áine Hyland.   Ms Deirdre Kiely.·   
Published on 16 December 2016
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15.12.2016 Free Childcare for Homeless Children - 2,110 Children aged 0-5 years to benefit from €8.25m scheme

Statement by Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs,Thursday 15th December, 2016 Free Childcare for Homeless Children 2,110 Children aged 0-5 years to benefit from €8.25m scheme
Published on 15 December 2016
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13.12.2016 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone and Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality David Stanto

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone, T.D., and Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality David Stanton, T.D., today jointly published a progress report on 'Tackling Youth Crime' the Youth Justice Action Plan 2014-2018.
Published on 13 December 2016
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09.12.2016 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone T.D., hosted an Open Policy Debate on the National Early Years Strategy

Open Policy Debate on the National Early Years Strategy - Friday 9th December, 2016The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs hosted an Open Policy Debate on the National Early Years Strategy, at Iveagh House in Dublin on Wednesday 7th December. The event, which brought together more than 80 experts, practitioners and stakeholders, was a key step in the development of Ireland's first ever national strategy for young children.The event provided an opportunity to take stock of the ongoing
Published on 09 December 2016
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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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