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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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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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02.11.2016 Dáil Statements on Calais - Remarks by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY**Wednesday 2nd November, 2016 Ceann Comhairle, Deputies, Children are in the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis.They have been bombed, placed in flimsy boats by ruthless people smugglers or sold into human  trafficking.Too often Europe responds with indifference or even worse blocks their passage to safety with police dogs, tear gas and barbed wire
Published on 02 November 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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13.10.2016 Budget 2017 Remarks by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone in Dáil Debate 13th October 2016

Ceann Comhairle, DeputiesThank you for this opportunity to address Budget 2017.Overall direction/minority GovernmentDuring the Minority Government negotiations I emphasised the importance of creating sustainable social and economic growth and greater equality through investing in services as I believe this is the formula to tackle inequality
Published on 13 October 2016
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05.10.2016 Opening Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone at Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Introduction I am very pleased to meet the Committee this morning to deal with issues relating to the Estimates for my Department and my plans for the future in the context of the Programme for Government.  I welcome the opportunity to brief the Committee on the key issues from my perspective.Before that may I once again extend an invitation to visit
Published on 05 October 2016
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03.10.2016 Launch of 'Breaking Point' A review of Community Early Childhood Education and Care Services in Cork City and South County Dublin Remark


Published on 03 October 2016
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29.09.2016 Remarks by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs at launch of Doing the Sums: The Real Cost of Childcare in Irelan

Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for the invitation to the launch of Early Childhood Ireland's  Doing the Sums: The Real Cost of Providing Childcare in Ireland.At the outset let me say that we are gathering during what is an important time for the sector.After years of campaigning the issues related to childcare are now the
Published on 29 September 2016
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22.09.2016 Speech by Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Launch of 'Healthy Lifestyles – Have Your Say 'A report of c

Main Conference Hall, Dublin Castle on Thursday 22nd September, 2016. Introduction•    Good afternoon everyone. I am pleased to be here today to launch 'Healthy Lifestyles – Have Your Say', which is a report of consultations with children and young people. This
Published on 22 September 2016
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16.09.2016 Speaking Notes for Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Launch of Limerick Youth Service Annual Report 2015,

Introduction I am delighted to be here this morning in Limerick to launch Limerick Youth Service Annual Report for 2015.  I would like to begin by thanking *Fiona O'Grady for the kind invitation and to everybody here this morning for your very warm welcome. * Fiona
Published on 15 September 2016
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15.09.2016 Speech for Minister Katherine Zappone T.D. Launch of Irish Youth Justice Service /University of Limerick - Research into Policy, Programme

Vice President, ladies and gentlemen I'd like to thank the University for giving me the opportunity to launch the Research into Policy, Programmes and Practice (REPPP) project here today. It is terrific to see so many faculties, schools and support
Published on 15 September 2016
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13.09.2016 Speech by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, at Creating a Listening School, Mansion House, Dublin

Ladies and Gentlemen,Ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of our young people is one of the greatest challenges we face.It is an honour to be invited to formally open and address this important gathering which will bring a focus on how we can all work together to meet that challenge.This gathering is timely not just because of the 10-year
Published on 13 September 2016
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12.09.2016 Speech by Dr. Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, at Launch of South Dublin County Council Health and WellBeing We

IntroductionI am delighted to launching this fantastic week of events in support of Health and WellBeing being organised by South Dublin County Council. As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, the wellbeing of all children and young people in Ireland is the daily business of myself and my department. However we know that the health and happiness of children
Published on 12 September 2016
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08.09.2016 Minister Zappone addresses Ireland's first Child Summitto focus on the UNCRC Concluding Observations

How Ireland is doing in light of the Concluding Observations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the ChildOver the last number of years, there has been a growing emphasis on the rights of the child in this jurisdiction and rightly so.  Children have been put in the spotlight and the need for us to better protect them has been widely championed by many,
Published on 08 September 2016
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05.09.2016 Speech by Minister Zappone at Launch of Women's Aid 24 Hour Freephone Helpline

Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to thank you for your kind invitation to join you today, and say what a privilege it is for me to be here for the launch of the extended Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline.  I very much welcome the extension of the Helpline to a 24 hour per day, 7 days a week service.  I know that this is a source of great pride to you all, and I would like to congratulate
Published on 05 September 2016
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03.09.2016 EECERA Conference, Speech by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone - Vision for providing better childhoods throu

Chairwoman Jillian Van Turnhout introduces the Minister. We can ask for no greater ally in our work for children and their well-being than my former Seanad colleague, friend and collaborator Ms van Turnhout. We served together as Independent Senators – nominees of the Taoiseach, and learned together how to move from being advocates to Parliamentarians and legislators.
Published on 03 September 2016
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27.06.2016 Speech by Dr. Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs at Launch of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Annual Report 2015

I would like to thank Noeline Blackwell, your new Chief Executive, for the kind invitation to join you today. It is a privilege for me to be here today to launch the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Annual Report for 2015.  May I take this opportunity Noeline, to wish you well in your role. I would also like to pay tribute today to your long
Published on 27 July 2016
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21.07.2016 Child Focus in National Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness - Minister Zappone outlines measures in address to ISPPC

Extra support workers and new accommodation for vulnerable teenagers will be some of the child focussed measures to be introduced as part of the National Action Plan on Housing and Homelessnes, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The Minister outlined the
Published on 21 July 2016
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