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Launch of Understanding Youth Homelessness - Key Findings from the Longitudinal Cohort Study

Speech by Sylda Langford, Director General of the Office of the Minister for Children. This report was commissioned by the Office of the Minister for Children's Research Programme. Established in 2004, the overall aim of this Research Programme is to fund research that makes a positive contribution to policy development and debate on issues of critical and far-reaching concern for children in Ireland.
Published on 12 December 2006
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Speech by Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D. Minister for Children At Launch of Joint NCNA and NIPPA All-Ireland Centre of Excellence Awards

I am very pleased to be here in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel to launch the Joint National Children's Nurseries Association (NCNA) and the Northern Ireland Pre-School and Playschool Association (NIPPA), “All Ireland Centre of Excellence Awards”.
Published on 11 December 2006
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Minister Lenihan launches Guidelines for Childminders and Diversity and Equality Guidelines for Childcare Providers

I am very pleased to welcome all of you here this morning to this launch which is being held as part of the “End of Year Seminar” for the City and County Childcare Committees and National Voluntary Childcare Organisations. I would like to thank the staff from Pobal and from my own Office for their joint efforts in organising this important Seminar.
Published on 07 December 2006
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Speech by Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children at the launch of National Child Safety DVD

This year, I am pleased to say, we have seen a greater focus on child safety and injury prevention. In my role as Minister with responsibility for children, I am committed to promoting the idea that children are our most precious resource. Yet every year, I am saddened to hear that unintentional injuries result in hospital admissions, long-term disability and even death.
Published on 30 November 2006
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Speech by Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children at the presentation of the South West Inner City Network's Youth Achievement Awards

It is a great pleasure for me to be here tonight to officiate at the presentation of the Youth Achievement Awards and I would like to express my sincere thanks to Marie Stanley, Chairperson, South West Inner City Network for inviting me to attend.
Published on 28 November 2006
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Speech by Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children at the Our Lady's Children's Hospital Foundation Day Lecture

It gives me particular pleasure to be here on the week of the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the hospital. During those 50 years, countless children have benefited from the excellent work that is carried out by the hospital staff in providing the highest standard of care and I would like to pay tribute to that hard work and dedication.
Published on 24 November 2006
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Speaking Notes for Brian Lenihan TD Minister for Children at Better Options

It is a pleasure to be here today at this important event and I congratulate Dublin City University, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) and the Disability Advisors Working Network (DAWN) for organising the day which is designed to provide information to students, their parents, guidance counsellors and other teaching personnel concerning access to colleges of higher education as well as the supports available for students with a disability.
Published on 24 November 2006
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Address by Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children to to announce the Estimates Allocation for 2007 for the OMC (Vote 41)

You will be aware that following the Government decision of 7th December 2005, I announced that Staff working on childcare (from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform), on child welfare and child protection (from the Department of Health and Children) and from the National Children's Office would be amalgamating to form the Office of the Minister for Children.
Published on 19 November 2006
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Speech For Brian Lenihan, T.D. Minister for Children At the Ceremony to turn the First Sod for the New Primary School in Adamstown

You are all aware of the unique development that is Adamstown – the first Strategic Development Zone in the State. One of its major selling points, if I can call it that, is the commitment, indeed obligation, to provide facilities such as schools, transport and public amenities in line with the phased provision of housing.
Published on 17 November 2006
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Launch of the Report on the Outcome of Consultations with Teenagers on Issues to be Considered when Examining the Age of Consent for Sexual Activity

In the debate that followed the Supreme Court Judgment on Statutory Rape in May 2006, I was very struck by the fact that teenagers, whose lives we were all discussing, had no voice in the intensive public discourse. I felt that was wrong and I decided to seek their views on the issues to be considered when examining the age of consent for sexual activity.
Published on 13 November 2006
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Check Against Delivery Barnardos Conference on 'Children's Rights and the Constitution' - Address by Mr Brian Lenihan, T.D. Minister for Children

As a leading children's charity, Barnardos are engaged in the provision of services right across this country. This leads to an understandable focus on the needs and rights of children.
Published on 06 November 2006
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Speech for Mr Brian Lenihan, T.D., Minister for Children Irish Foster Care Association Annual Conference

I am delighted to have been invited here today to open your Annual Conference and would like to thank the Association for affording me the opportunity to address you. I understand that this is one of the biggest conferences to date with over 400 people attending – quite fitting on the 25th anniversary of the Irish Foster Care Association!
Published on 04 November 2006
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Launch of a publication "Supporting Employers Supporting Childcare" commissioned by the four Dublin County Childcare Committees.

This report was commissioned by the four Dublin area Childcare Committees and funding of €29,000 was approved for the development of the project, under the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme (EOCP) 2000 – 2006 Collaborative Initiative "Partnerships for Quality Childcare".
Published on 31 October 2006
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16.10.06 Minister Lenihan launches 'Making the Links' for Primary Schools in Tallaght

Minister Lenihan launches 'Making the Links' for primary schools in Tallaght Brian Lenihan, T.D, the Minister for Children at the Department of Health and Children, launched' Making the Links' - a practical guidebook for teachers to assit them in teaching important aspects of the Social, Personal and Health Education ( SPHE) curriculum in primary schools.
Published on 16 October 2006
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A New Ireland: Dealing with Change - Speaking Notes for Minister Brian Lenihan

The theme of this Conference, “A New Ireland Dealing with Change” is a particularly apposite one. We are indeed living in a New Ireland. In a comparatively short space of time, our island has undergone unparalleled change and development.  The unprecedented growth which has taken place in our economy since the 1990s has transformed Ireland into a country of net immigration.
Published on 14 October 2006
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Speech by Minister Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children at the International Adoption Association

I note that Dr Colm Costigan will be sharing his knowledge and insight with you in relation to the medical issues for newly adopted children – an area of huge interest and importance to adopters and prospective adopters. Caroline Archer will speak on the Conference theme of Wishing, Hoping, Playing - looking at children's behavioural language - a topic which I am sure you will very much relate to.
Published on 14 October 2006
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Speech by Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children at the launch – Irish Presidency of the International Family Day Care Organisation.

First of all I would like to thank Childminding Ireland for their kind invitation. I am delighted to be here today for the launch of the Irish presidency of the International Family Day Care Organisation. Patricia Murray, as CEO of Childminding Ireland, is to be congratulated for earning this honour for Childminding Ireland and indeed, for Ireland generally.
Published on 02 October 2006
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Address by the Minister for Children Mr Brian Lenihan T.D. At the launch of Youngballymun

As Minister for Children I am especially pleased to be here today to officially launch Youngballymun and I would like to thank the Ballymun Development Group for Children and Young People, and especially the project co-ordinator, Ms Ann Matthews for inviting me to be part of this exciting occasion.
Published on 28 September 2006
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Speech by Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children. Opening address to UN Committee Ireland.

Madame Chair, Committee Members, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today to report the progress which has been made in Ireland giving effect to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Published on 20 September 2006
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Speech by Mr Brian Lenihan TD Minister for Children at the opening of the North South Seminar on Child Protection Issues

I wish to begin by extending a warm welcome to my colleague Minister Paul Goggins who is joining me for the opening and to thank him for being here this morning. I want to welcome all of you here and in particular I want to welcome my political colleagues from North and South to the conference.
Published on 18 September 2006
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