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16.04.14 Government launches 'Better Outcomes Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 – 2020'

Minister Fitzgerald joined by an Taoiseach and Tánaiste for launch in Dublin Castle•    Framework sets-out transformation goals and outcomes for children and young people and new structures reporting to the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy•    Minister says Framework is
Published on 16 April 2014
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14.04.2014 Minister Fitzgerald publishes Children First Bill 2014

New law to strengthen child protection in Ireland Acting on the 2009 Ryan Report Implementation Plan Delivery of key Programme for Government commitment  Monday 14th April 2014Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has announced that legislation agreed at cabinet to put the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children [2011] on a statutory footing will today
Published on 14 April 2014
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04.04.2014 Minister Fitzgerald announces €3 million Childcare Capital programme

Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has today announced the launch of capital funding totalling €3 million for community childcare services, parent and toddler groups and childminders.The Minister also confirmed that a further capital funding scheme would be announced in the autumn which would be open to both community and private services.  The details of
Published on 04 April 2014
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26.03.2014 Minister Fitzgerald announces new 'Learner Fund' for childcare staff seeking qualifications

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, today launched a 'Learner Fund' totalling €3 million over two years to support staff in early years services who need to up-skill to meet new qualification requirements.Minister Fitzgerald stated: “Increasing staff qualification requirements is a key objective of my 8
Published on 26 March 2014
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21.03.2014 Minister Fitzgerald promoting Irish trade, investment and culture in Japan

Meetings with leading Japanese and Irish business figuresBuilding on Taoiseach's visit last DecemberDeveloping strong links with Japanese universitiesStrengthening cultural links between Ireland and Japan Friday 21st March 2014Minister Frances Fitzgerald T.D visited Japan from 15th-21st of March to join the St. Patrick's Day celebrations and enhance trade, investment and cultural links with
Published on 21 March 2014
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14.03.14 Minister Fitzgerald lays wreath at Memorial to Irish who died in Korean War

Frances Fitzgerald T.D. Minister of Children and Youth Affairs visited Seoul, South Korea, from 12-15 March 2014 to mark St. Patrick's Day. During her visit the Minister: ·    Explored the potential for further increases in trade and investment between Ireland and Korea through discussions with country managers and partners of Irish companies in Korea;
Published on 14 March 2014
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13.03.14 Minister Fitzgerald marks launch of Flahavan's porridge in Seoul's top department store

Thursday 13th March 2014 Minister Frances Fitzgerald today marked the recent launch of Flahavan's porridge at the flagship retail outlet of Hyundai Department Stores in Seoul.The upmarket retail department store, viewed as the 'Harrods of Korea', is in the neighbourhood of Apgujeong, which is a vibrant shopping area for upmarket and designer goods in Seoul.
Published on 13 March 2014
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11.03.2014 Children's minister pays tribute to Christine Buckley

Minister Fitzgerald hails "a courageous and consistent campaigner for child protection and children's rights”Tuesday 11th March 2014Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, has paid tribute to Christine Buckley who today passed away following a long illness.Minister Fitzgerald stated: "Christine Buckley was a courageous and consistent campaigner for child protection and children's rights."As a
Published on 11 March 2014
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25.02.2014 Cabinet approves Heads of Bill of Aftercare Bill 2014 – Minister Fitzgerald

Proposed bill will place statutory duty on the Child and Family Agency to prepare an aftercare plan for young people leaving care. Heads of Bill to be referred to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children
Published on 25 February 2014
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11.02.2014 Minister Fitzgerald announces the publication of 2,530 pre-school inspection reports online

Minister Fitzgerald updates Dail on Pre-School Quality Improvements 2,530 pre-school inspection reports now published online €0.5 million in 2014 allocated for recruitment of further early years inspectors €2.5 million in 2014 to support new National Quality Support Service New system of statutory registration of early years services commencing 2014 Pre-prosecution enforcement
Published on 11 February 2014
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10.02.2014 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes first Irish report on children's smartphone usage

40% of children aged 9-16 own a smartphone. Significant minority have encountered inappropriate material or contact online. New Taskforce on Internet Content Governance to consider smartphone usage. Minister Fitzgerald has engaged with Irish smartphone providers
Published on 10 February 2014
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03.02.2014 Irish society must adopt a more responsible attitude to alcohol consumption – Fitzgerald

Minister calls on young adults not to engage in 'nek-nominations' craze and not to apply peer-pressure when it comes to drinking. Minister's Department in contact with Facebook  
Published on 03 February 2014
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03.02.2014 Ministers Fitzgerald and Shatter welcome the publication of 'Tackling Crime': Youth Justice Action Plan 2014 – 2018

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD, today welcomed the publication of the Youth Justice Action Plan 2014-2018.The focus for the Action Plan is to continue the downward trends in high volume crime and reduce the necessity for detention.  Since the
Published on 03 February 2014
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02.02.2014 Risks of Neknominations highlighted by Minister for Children & Youth Affairs

Minister Fitzgerald: “Online drinking craze is only a symptom – let's tackle the cause.” Sunday 2nd February 2014 Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald has condemned the “neknominations” online craze as “not only dangerous and potentially harmful to young people – it is evidence of our society's broader need to address our binge
Published on 02 February 2014
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30.01.2014 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes the publication of the General Scheme of the Children and Family Relationships Bill

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today welcomes the publication of the General Scheme of the Children and Family Relationships Bill. "This is positive and reforming legislation and extremely important for children and families in Ireland." The Minister said: “The launch of the Child and Family Agency today
Published on 30 January 2014
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30.01.2014 An Taoiseach and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs officially launch Ireland's new Child and Family Agency

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, today joined with Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs to officially launch the new Child and Family Agency. Today's launch event took place at Dublin Castle attended by over 200 invited guests. An Taoiseach and the Minister were joined by Ms. Norah Gibbons, Chairperson of the Agency and Mr. Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive Officer.
Published on 30 January 2014
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28.01.2014 Statement by Minister Frances Fitzgerald on the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland (RCNI) reports on alcohol and sexual activity and consent

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today (Tuesday  28th January) welcomed two reports by the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland on the impact of alcohol on young people's understanding of consent to sexual activity.Minister Fitzgerald was launching the RCNI reports 'Young People, Alcohol and Sex:
Published on 28 January 2014
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21.02.13 "Minister says HIQA inspection findings for HSE Dublin North West unacceptable"

Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, commented on the publication of reports on the findings from recent HIQA inspections of foster care services in HSE Dublin North West Area and Limerick.  These inspection reports are part of a series being completed by HIQA into the operation by HSE areas of both child protection services and foster care services. 
Published on 23 January 2014
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