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19.12.2013 Opening Statement by Ms Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Joint Committee on Health and Children

IntroductionI am pleased to have the opportunity to update the Joint Committee on Health and Children this morning in support of its quarterly review of my Departments work. Today's meeting provides another opportunity to bring Deputies and Senators up to date on important developments in the work of my Department since our last quarterly review in October as well as looking ahead to the immediate future.
Published on 19 December 2013
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09.10.2013 Speech for Minister Fitzgerald RCNI Child Sexual Violence Report Launch and AGM

From my very first day as Minister I have said we need data.- Data that will paint a picture of the scale of the problems of child abuse and child neglect in Ireland;- Data that will highlight the demands that exist on child protection services and services for victims; and- Data that will allow us to track improvements (or maybe deteriorations) as we try to develop and reform services.
Published on 09 October 2013
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16.09.2013 Address by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs at the 13th ISPCAN (International Society for the Prevention o

I am delighted to be with you here today and to have the opportunity to address the 13th European Regional conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect on the issues of child abuse and neglect.
Published on 16 September 2013
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07.06.13 Speech by Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Min for Children and Youth Affairs at the Launch of National Association of Childhood Professionals

I am delighted to be here with you today at the official launch of the National Association of Childhood Professionals.It is always a good thing when a group of professionals create a peer network that will help share knowledge and foster and reinforces standards of
Published on 07 June 2013
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30.05.13 Seanad Debate - Opening Speech by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Seanad Debate Opening Speech by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs 30th May 2013As I said in my speech in the Dail yesterday, I found the scenes which were broadcast on Tuesday night's RTE programme distressing, shocking and absolutely unacceptable.  What we saw was poor practice and a dereliction of duty and care, resulting in the mistreatment of young children, bordering on abuse.Since coming into office I have prioritised a much overdue focus on early years services. 
Published on 30 May 2013
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15.05.13 Speech by Minister Fitzgerald at the Family Online Safety Institute

Ladies and Gentlemen, A friend sent me a cartoon the other day. A cartoon that had appeared recently in the New Yorker.It shows a young couple, sitting on a couch, watching their toddler. She's up at the window, her tiny fingers on the glass – like this ## - and her mother is saying to her father “She thinks it's a touch screen.”I laughed when I saw it. But it summed up the new reality.
Published on 15 May 2013
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11.03.13 Speech by Minister Fitzgerald at the opening plenary of the EU Youth Conference

I am delighted to host the EU Youth Conference here in the historic Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. This Conference is the flagship event of Ireland's Presidency of the Council of Ministers for Youth. Today, we welcome almost 250  participants - 150 young people and youth representatives and 100 policymakers
Published on 11 March 2013
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06.03.13 Minister Fitzgerald's Statement in Seanad on Early Years Strategy and the Economic Benefits of Early Intervention

Early Years Strategy and the Economic Benefits of Early Intervention Statement to Seanad Éireann by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Published on 06 March 2013
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04.02.13 Speech by Minister Fitzgerald at COFACE Conference 'Vulnerable Families – What Can Europe Do?

Good afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen, As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs it is a sincere privilege to address this conference on vulnerable families. I am delighted to have been in a position to include this conference within Ireland's EU Presidency calendar.  I would like to thank the Confederation of Family Organisations of the European
Published on 04 February 2013
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29.01.13 Speech by Frances Fitzgerald T.D. Minister for Children & Youth Affairs at the Launch of Action Plan on Bullying

Speech by Frances Fitzgerald T.D. Minister for Children & Youth Affairs at the Launch of Action Plan on Bullying 29th January 2013 Today is a significant step in the Government's absolute commitment to address the serious impact which bullying continues to have on our children. The Action Plan on Bullying is the first of its kind in Ireland.Bullying should never be a part of growing up. Growing up is challenging enough. But it happens.
Published on 29 January 2013
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23.01.13 Fitzgeralds Presentation on Ireland's Presidency priorities in the area of youth affairs to the CULT Committee of the European Parliament

Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháíl do Cathaoirleach Pack, comh mhaith leis an gCoiste Pharlimintigh seo, as ucht an cuireadh labhair libh inniu. Is mór an onir dom féin agus don Roinn Leanaí anus Gnóthai Óige
Published on 23 January 2013
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