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15.10.2014 Speech by Dr James Reilly T.D.Minister for Children and Youth Affairs15 October 2014 - Budget 2015

Introduction Deputies, it is clear that this Government's plan for economic recovery is working, and the economy is moving in the right direction. The core aim of this year's budget is to secure and solidify that recovery. However, we are aware that the economic recovery remains fragile. This Government's determination to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not
Published on 16 October 2014
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08.10.2014 Speech by Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Protection of Children's Health (Tobacco Smoke in Mechanically Pro

Protection of Children's Health (Tobacco Smoke in Mechanically Propelled Vehicles) Bill 2012Dáil ÉireannSecond Stage SpeechDr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children & Youth AffairsWednesday 8th October, 2014 Wednesday 8th October 2014I move that this Bill be read a second time.IntroductionI am pleased to be here today to introduce this important Bill to the House. Protecting children from harmful tobacco products has long been a priority for me, both as Minister for
Published on 08 October 2014
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17.07.2014 Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to the Dáil on the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

I welcome today's opportunity for statements on mother and baby homes. In line with the motion passed on the 11th June, I wish to update the House on the significant progress which has been achieved in just five weeks in relation to the establishment of a Commission of Investigation into these issues of
Published on 17 July 2014
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08.07.2014 Speech by Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs - Topical issue Eurydice and Eurostat Report Key Data

I welcome very much the publication of this Report which provides very useful comparisons on the structure and organisation of Early Childhood Education and Care in the countries that make up the European Union. This is a very comprehensive Report which has only recently been published and will require the careful consideration of officials in my Department.
Published on 08 July 2014
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02.07.2014 Speech by Minister Charlie Flanagan, T.D. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Seanad Debate, Inter-county Adoptions

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to explain why there has been a significant reduction in the level of inter-country adoptions since the enactment of the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption.-    Senator Paschal MooneyI would like Senator Mooney for raising this matter and giving me the opportunity to address the Seanad on this matter. I hope
Published on 03 July 2014
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01.07.2014 Speech by Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs: Topical issue 'The funding crisis facing the provision of early

My Department provides about €260 million annually to support the parents of pre-school and after-school children with the cost of childcare.  This funding is provided through approximately 4,300 childcare service providers, both
Published on 01 July 2014
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18.06.2014 Seanad Adjournment Debate Speech by Minister Fergus O'Dowd T.D .on behalf of Minister Charlie Flanagan T.D.

“The need for the Minister for Children to provide immediate funding for an independent helpline and counselling service for adoptees and birth relatives to outline if and when he will bring forward legislation to ensure that all adoptees have an automatic right to their birth certificate once they reach the age of eighteen, and if he will establish a
Published on 19 June 2014
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14.06.14 Speech by Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs GAA Consultation with young people

Hello everyone,It's great to be here with you today. As a proud Laois man, I am delighted to be in Croke Park for the second time in a week, although last week my team's heroic efforts did not pay off! Your President, Liam O'Neill, knows what I'm talking about! Indeed, we were school together in
Published on 13 June 2014
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11.06.14Speech by Minister Charlie Flanagan, T.D. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Seanad Statements on Mother and Baby Homes

Members of the Seanad, I am pleased to have the opportunity to visit the Upper House today to hear your views on the serious matter of Mother and Baby Homes, following the significant decision of Government yesterday to approve
Published on 11 June 2014
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10.06.2014 Speech by Minister Flanagan in Dáil on Mother & Baby Homes


Published on 11 June 2014
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06.06.2014 Speech byMinister Charlie Flanagan T.D. Minister for Children and Youth AffairsTransition from Primary to Secondary School – Possibilities

Heritage Hotel, PortlaoiseCheck Against Delivery6th June 2014Good morning everybody and welcome to the Heritage.  My thanks to Joe Cunningham for his kind introduction.  We are here today to launch the resource entitled 'LAVA: Transition from Primary to Secondary School – Possibilities and Challenges'. 
Published on 06 June 2014
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05.06.14 Speech by Minister Flanagan on Topical Issues Debate re Tuam Mother and Baby Home

“The need for an independent investigation into the mass grave next to a home for unmarried mothers and babies in Tuam, Co. Galway where up to 800 children were reportedly buried between 1925 and 1961”. I wish to thank the Deputies for raising this important issue which has been met with shock and horror in the past few days. The situation in Tuam, in
Published on 05 June 2014
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28.05.2014 Speech by Minister Charles Flanagan T.D. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Preparing for Life Launch Event

I am delighted to have been invited by Noel Kelly and Preparing for Life to launch the Preparing for Life Area Based Childhood Programme.  Before I get into further the detail of why I am here today I want to take this opportunity to talk about a very important Framework document which was launched by my predecessor shortly before I became
Published on 28 May 2014
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27.05.2014 Speech by Minister Charlie Flanagan"Reviewing Achievements for children in the Programme for Government and looking to challenges ahe

I am delighted to be here today and I would like to thank the Children's Rights Alliance for giving me this opportunity. As you all know, I was appointed Minister for Children and Youth Affairs less than three weeks' ago so I am very much in the early
Published on 27 May 2014
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15.05.2014 Speech by Charlie Flanagan T.D. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs at official launch of Rathkeale Youth Café

I am delighted to have been invited here today to officially open this wonderful new Youth Café and thank you Catherine for your kind introduction. Congratulations to the young people of Rathkeale, and of course to all the members of the management committee who in conjunction with Rathkeale Community Council have
Published on 15 May 2014
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12.05.2014 Speech by Charlie Flanagan T.D. Minister For Children & Youth Affairs, At the Business in the Community Mentoring Celebration Event

I am delighted to be here with you today at the Schools Business Partnership Annual Mentoring Celebration.AwardsI want to firstly thank Tina Joyce CEO of Business in the Community Ireland, and Germaine Noonan, Programme Manager of the Schools' Business Partnership for their kind invitation to share in
Published on 12 May 2014
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30.04.2014 Children First Bill 2014 - Second Stage Speech by Ms Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Dáil Éireann - 30th April 2014 Children First Bill 2014 - Second Stage Speech by Ms Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs I move that this Bill be read a second time.OverviewThe aim of the Children First Bill 2014 is to improve the care and protection of children by raising awareness of child abuse and neglect.  I want to make it clear that this Bill represents a national change – a quantum shift – in child protection. This Bill moves the issue
Published on 30 April 2014
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16.04.14 Minister's speech for the launch of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 – 2

The Printworks, Dublin Castle 2pm 16 April 2014  Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Deputies, SenatorsLadies and Gentlemen. This is a first.A groundbreaking first. At various stages in this country's history Governments have registered the central role, the pivotal place of children
Published on 16 April 2014
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14.03.14 'Getting the Balance Right –Irish Perspectives on policies for women in work and child wellbeing.'Speech by Minister Frances Fitzgerald T.

Ewha Women's University Many thanks Dean Kim. Good afternoon ladies, and indeed I do see some gentlemen, greetings to you too.  It is a great pleasure to be here in Ewha today to share with you my perspectives on Ireland's experience over the recent decades of reflecting on, responding
Published on 14 April 2014
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05.03.2014 Speech by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Seanad Éireann - Private Members Motion

"Catapulting little girls and boys into a sexuality for which they are neither physically nor cognitively ready is a form of theft. It is the theft of childhood.”“I want Ireland to be a cold house for child pageants."
Published on 05 March 2014
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