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19.03.2015 Dr James Reilly, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs was today the keynote speaker at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Heal

Thursday 19th March 2015 The conference is held once every three years and is the most important international gathering which consider the dangers of smoking to our health.Dr Reilly was invited to speak at the conference where he outlined the challenges involved in Ireland becoming only the second country in
Published on 19 March 2015
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03.02.2015 Ireland becomes only the second country in the world to pass standardised packaging legislation

In a move to protect citizens - especially children - from a killer addiction, the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill has now passed all stages in the Oireachtas.Ireland has become only the second country in the world – and the first in Europe – to pass standardised packaging legislation through its Parliament.Standardised packaging will remove all
Published on 03 March 2015
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19.02.2015 Minister Reilly announces the establishment of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters

Thursday 19th February, 2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, today announced that he has appointed three Commissioners to lead the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and certain related matters. The Minister confirmed the appointment of Judge Yvonne Murphy as Commission Chairperson, with international legal
Published on 19 February 2015
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03.02.2015 Minister James Reilly announces the nominee for the new Ombudsman for Children


Published on 03 February 2015
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22.01.2015 Minister Reilly welcomes news that the British Government will bring forward a tobacco plain packaging plan

Thursday 22nd January 2015Minister James Reilly has welcomed the news that the British Government will bring forward a plain packaging plan for vote in the parliament before the next election. "Here in Ireland our legislation providing for plain packaging will be at committee stage in the Dail in the next weeks. It is great news that our nearest neighbour is likely to join us in
Published on 22 January 2015
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14.01.2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has announced that Dr Fergal Lynch is the new Secretary General in the Departm

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has announced that Dr Fergal Lynch is the new Secretary General in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. His appointment was made by the Government at this morning's Cabinet meeting. He replaces Mr Jim Breslin.Dr. Lynch has been
Published on 14 January 2015
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09.01.2015 Minister Reilly publishes the Terms of Reference for the Commission of Investigation intoMother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters

Friday 9th January 2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, has today (9th January 2015) published the Terms of Reference for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters. Yesterday the Cabinet approved the publication of the draft order, which will formally establish the
Published on 09 January 2015
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