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25.07.12 Minister Fitzgerald speaks at the launch of National Standards for the Welfare and Protection of Children


Published on 25 July 2012
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20.07.12 Minister Fitzgerald announces publication of the Report of the Task Force on the Child and Family Support Agency


Published on 20 July 2012
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28.07.12 Speech for Minister Fitzgerald at the Launch of Retail Ireland Childrenswear Guidelines

I am delighted to be here this morning, in Dundrum Town Centre, to launch the Retail Ireland Childrenswear GuidelinesIndeed as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs I am delighted to endorse these guidelines, the first in Ireland.I wish to thank Retail Ireland, your board led by Chairman Frank Gleeson and your Director Stephen Lynam
Published on 28 June 2012
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20.06.12 Minister Fitzgerald's Speech at the Publication of Independent Child Death Review Group (ICDRG) 2000–2010


Published on 20 June 2012
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11.06.12 Minister Fitzgerald launches the Public Consultation for the Children & Young Peoples Policy Framework

I am delighted to welcome you all here to the launch of the Public Consultation for the Children and Young People's Policy Framework.First of all, I would particularly like to thank The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, for the use of this wonderful facility, and the support they and their staff have given us, which I greatly appreciate.
Published on 11 June 2012
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27.04.12 Minister Fitzgerald Official Opening of Edenmore Early Education Centre

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here with you in Edenmore today to officially open your new community childcare centre.  I would like to thank the Chairperson of the Board of Management and the committee for their kind invitation. 
Published on 27 April 2012
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27.04.12 Opening of “Our Space” by Minister Fitzgerald Craóbh Rua Community Youth Project

I am delighted to be here this evening in Muirhevnamor to open this wonderful mental health space or as it is more locally known, “Our Space”.  Thank you for your kind invitation and your very warm welcome.  In particular, I would like to thank Róisín Keenan for inviting me to this very special event. 
Published on 27 April 2012
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21.04.12 Speech for Minister Frances Fitzgerald T.D., for Children Launch of National Childminding Week and new Childminding Ireland Website

I would like to thank Ms Patricia Murray, Chief Executive of Childminding Ireland and the organisers of this event for their kind invitation.    I am delighted to be here to join with you all to officially launch this year's National Childminding Week and also to launch Childminding Ireland's new website.
Published on 21 April 2012
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Speech for Minister Frances Fitzgerald - National Poisons Awareness Day

I am delighted to be in attendance today to formally launch Ireland's first National Poisons Awareness Day. I wish to thank Dr. Joseph Tracey & Dr. Edel Duggan of the National Poisons Information Centre at Beaumont Hospital, both for the kind invitation to perform today's launch and for developing this important initiative. As Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, I have repeatedly stated that my first
Published on 20 April 2012
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Speech for Minister Frances Fitzgerald Opening Address to NEWB Conference April 19th - Croke Park Conference Centre

Pre - Speech: Presentation by the Minister of a plaque to Sister Bernadette Sweeney, Principal of St Agnes School Orchestra.I wish to thank Clare Ryan, Chief Executive of the National Educational Welfare Board, for her kind invitation to be with you here today in Croke Park. I am delighted to open this conference on “Leading in a time of challenge”, a theme especially
Published on 19 April 2012
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19.04.2012 Launch of National Guidance for Developing Ethical Research Projects Involving Children and Announcement of New Funding Opportunities for

Speaking Notes for Minister Frances Fitzgerald - St. Andrew's Resource Centre, Pearse Street, I am delighted to join you here this morning to launch this document, 'Guidance for Developing Ethical Research Projects Involving Children'. I am also very pleased to be able today to announce new
Published on 19 April 2012
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Minister Frances Fitzgerald - Launch of National Guidance for Developing Ethical Research Projects Involving Children and Announcement of New Funding

I am delighted to join you here this morning to launch this document, 'Guidance for Developing Ethical Research Projects Involving Children'. I am delighted to join you here this morning to launch this document, 'Guidance for Developing Ethical Research Projects Involving Children'. I am also very pleased to be able today to announce new research funding opportunities being provided under the leadership of the National Children's Funded Research Programme of my Department, in partnership with the Family Support Agency, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Published on 19 April 2012
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Speaking Note for Minister Frances Fitzgerald Dean of Students' Roll of Honour Ceremony Trinity College - 18th April 2012

I am delighted to be here this evening at this most important and prestigious event and would like to thank the Dean of Students and those of you involved in the Roll of Honour process for inviting me to join you this evening.Tonight we are honouring over 500 active citizens who in addition to their studies have taken precious time out to get involved in a range of
Published on 18 April 2012
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Speaking Note for Minister Frances Fitzgerald - Launch of two books by Professor Alan Carr Monday 16th April

UCD John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies.I am delighted to be here this evening in UCD, my alma mater, to launch these two works by Professor Alan Carr.Through his academic work here in UCD, where he is director of the doctoral programme in clinical psychology; his work with international universities and journals and though his clinical practice at the Clanwilliam Institute,
Published on 16 April 2012
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Speaking Notes for Minister FitzgeraldLaunch of Co. Limerick VEC's Youth Work Development Plan Wednesday, 4th April, 2012 @ 6.30 p.m.

I am very pleased to be with you all here this evening to officially launch Co. Limerick VEC's Youth Work Development Plan 2012-2015.  Thank you for your kind invitation and your very warm welcome.  In particular, I would like to thank your Youth Officer, Jackie Dwane for inviting me to this very special event and for the expertise and support
Published on 04 April 2012
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Minister Frances Fitzgerald - Launch of Fingal Parenting Initiative, Thursday, 29th March 2012

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,Firstly I would like to extend my thanks to Lorna Ní Chéirín for her invitation to launch the Fingal Parenting Initiative, an exciting interagency initiative which is aimed at our youngest citizens and the all-important people in their lives, their parents and carers.  I am honoured to be sharing a platform with your distinguished guests and
Published on 29 March 2012
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Speech by Minister Frances Fitzgerald Launch of 'How Families Matter for Children's Social and Emotional Well-Being': Findings from Growing Up In

8th March 2012 – Dublin CastleI am delighted to officially launch this report 'How Families Matter for Children's Social and Emotional Well-Being' which is the latest publication from to emerge from our flagship research study 'Growing Up in Ireland' - the National Longitudinal Study of
Published on 08 March 2012
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Statement by Minister Frances Fitzgerald - Early invention and family support servicesSeanad Éireann

Wednesday 7th March This coming Friday marks the first anniversary of this government. While my Department of Children & Youth Affairs has a few months to go before it reaches that landmark, I feel this week, nonetheless presents an important opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved over the past 12 moths.For my part, as Ireland's first-ever senior Minister for Children
Published on 07 March 2012
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Minister Frances Fitzgerald T.D. Launch of Mental Health in Education Seminar Thursday 1st March 2012

I am delighted to have been asked to speak at this important conference on mental health in the Irish education system. It is important that we have dialogue and engagement on what is a fundamentally important issue for students, their parents, and the education system itself. This conference provides the opportunity to present a range of perspectives on the current processes, any gaps, and how
Published on 01 March 2012
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Opening Statement of Ms. Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children

16th February 2012IntroductionI would like to thank the Joint Committee for the invitation to attend before it today. I take this opportunity to wish all members of the joint committee and Chairman, Deputy Jerry Buttimer well in their work. I had the opportunity on 6th July last year to set out in detail for the Committee the role and function of my
Published on 16 February 2012
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