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Press Releases 2006

12.12.06 Launch of Study on Youth Homelessness

The importance of understanding and planning for the needs of homeless children in Ireland were outlined by Ms Sylda Langford Director General of the Office of the Minister for Children (OMC).

Published on 12 December 2006

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11.12.06 Launch of NCNA and NIPPA All-Ireland Centre of Excellence Awards

Mr Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children launches a new Cross Border childcare initiative entitled 'All Ireland Centre of Excellence Awards Programme', in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk, Monday 11th December, 2006.

Published on 11 December 2006

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07.12.06 Minister Lenihan launches Guidelines for Childminders and Diversity and Equality Guidelines for Childcare Providers

Minister Lenihan launches Guidelines for Childminders and Diversity and Equality Guidelines for Childcare Providers.

Published on 07 December 2006

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30.11.06 Mr Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children launches National Child Safety DVD

Mr Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children launches National Child Safety DVD, in Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Published on 30 November 2006

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27.11.06 Minister for Children Launches Research on Children's Experiences in Healthcare and Hospitals

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan said the importance of understanding and planning for the needs of our children was steadily becoming more recognised and valued and the availability of good research was an essential basis for sound public policy development.

Published on 27 November 2006

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24.11.06 Minister Lenihan addresses Better Options at DCU

Mr. Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children today addressed the Better Options Fair held in the Helix, Dublin City University ( DCU).

Published on 24 November 2006

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19.11.06 Minister for Children announces an additional allocation of €143 million for childcare in the estimates for 2007

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, today announced the Estimates for childcare in 2007

Published on 19 November 2006

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17.11.06 Minister Lenihan Turns First Sod for New Primary School in Adamstown

Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children, today turned the first sod at the site for a new primary school at Adamstown, Co Dublin. Minister Lenihan said: -Today is a historic day for urban planning, for South County Dublin and for the school building programme....

Published on 17 November 2006

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13.11.06 Launch of the Report on the Outcome of Consultations with Teenagers on Examining the Age of Consent for Sexual Activity

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan T.D. has said parents have a role to play in the quality of sex education being taught to their children.

Published on 13 November 2006

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13.11.06 Statement by Brian Lenihan, T.D., Minister for Children on the Supreme Court Judgment in the Baby Ann Case.

The Minister in commenting on today's judgment said “this was a difficult and sensitive case involving the welfare of children in the adoption process”.

Published on 13 November 2006

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10.11.06 Opening Childcare Seminar "Supporting Parents is Supporting Children" hosted by Ballymun Partnership

Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D. opens Childcare Seminar “Supporting Parents is Supporting Children” in Ballymun.

Published on 10 November 2006

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08.11.06 Launch of Report “Childcare Audit and Needs Analysis, Dublin City 2006” by Dublin City Childcare Committee

Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children, today launched a new report entitled "Childcare Audit and Needs Analysis, Dublin City 2006", which is aimed at determining the priority childcare needs in the City.

Published on 08 November 2006

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04.11.06 Minister for Children opens Irish Foster Care Association Annual Conference

The Minister was speaking to over 400 delegates at the Irish Foster Care Association Annual Conference on the 25th anniversary of the Association.

Published on 04 November 2006

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31.10.06 Launch of “Supporting Employers Supporting Childcare” by Four Dublin County Childcare Committees

Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children, today launched a new publication entitled “Supporting Employers Supporting Childcare”, aimed at assisting employers in devising working practices better suited to the work/life balance of their employees and at encouraging them to play a greater role in supporting their employees' childcare needs.

Published on 31 October 2006

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06.10.06 Seolann an Aire do Leanaí DVD Gaeilge nua faoi chúram leanaí

Tá an FNT mar cheann de na heagraíochtaí deonacha náisiúnta um chúram leanaí atá maoinithe ag Oifig an Aire do Leanaí, faoin gClár Comhdheiseanna Cúraim-Leanaí (CCCL) 2000 – 2006.

Published on 06 October 2006

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06.10.06 Minister for Children launches new Irish language DVD on Childcare

Mr Brian Lenihan T.D., Minister for Children, today launched a new DVD setting out the advantages to parents of availing of childcare through the Irish language. The DVD was created by Forbairt Naíonraí Teo (FNT).

Published on 06 October 2006

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03.10.06 Teenager's Views are Vital to the Taskforce on Active Citizenship

'I am very interested in the views of teenagers on the barriers to young people in getting involved in citizenship, community and democracy' said Mary Davis, Chairperson of the Taskforce on Active Citizenship.

Published on 03 October 2006

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02.10.06 Minister for Children launches Irish Presidency of the International Family Day Care Organisation

Mr Brian Lenihan TD, the Minister for Children, today launched the Irish Presidency of the International Family Day Care Organisation, under Childminding Ireland.

Published on 02 October 2006

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29.09.06 Minister for Children welcomes UN Committee's Report on Progress made in the Position of Children in Ireland

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan has welcomed the endorsement by a United Nation's Committee of the progress made by the government on issues affecting children in Ireland.

Published on 29 September 2006

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28.09.06 Minister for Children launches Youngballymun Project

Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, today launched the Youngballymun project, which will seek to improve educational expectations and achievements of the children in the Ballymun area. 

Published on 28 September 2006

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20.09.06 Lenihan tells UN Committee Ireland has made Progress in the area of Children's Rights

The Minster for Children, Brian Lenihan has told the United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child that while real progress had been made in improving the quality of children's lives across the social spectrum in Ireland, he accepted further improvements were needed.

Published on 20 September 2006

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18.09.06 Developing a North/South draft action plan on child protection

Developing a North/South draft action plan on child protection Ballymascanlon Hotel, DundalkThe Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, stressed the importance of cross border co-operation on child protection when he opened a seminar on the subject in Dundalk.

Published on 18 September 2006

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01.09.06 Lenihan Welcomes Successful Completion of Teacher Vetting

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, has welcomed the completion of vetting of the new intake of teachers in time for the start of the new academic year. He congratulated the Garda Central Vetting Unit for making the deadline.

Published on 01 September 2006

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28.08.06 Government to co-fund €36 million innovative Prevention and Early Intervention Programme for Children

Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, today announced the Government decision to establish an innovative programme focused on prevention and early intervention in the lives of vulnerable children.

Published on 28 August 2006

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11.08.06 Early Childcare Supplement Comes on Stream

The policy of this Government is to support people in whatever decisions they make about the care of their children. That is why we have dramatically increased the level of direct financial assistance we give to parents,” said the Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD.

Published on 11 August 2006

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10.07.06 Minister for Children publishes Bill on Long Term Foster Care

The Cabinet has approved the Child Care (Amendment) Bill, 2006, which provides that a foster parent or a relative who has had a child in their care for a continuous period of five years, the child having been placed with them by the Health Service Executive, may apply for a court order in relation to the care of the child.

Published on 10 July 2006

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28.06.06 Minister for Children addresses ISPCC AGM

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, today attended as guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Irish Academy and launched the Annual Report of the Society for 2005 and Citizen Child – 12 Months on.

Published on 28 June 2006

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28.06.06 Minister for Children launches the National Play Resource Centre

'I am delighted to mark the official launch of the National Play Resource Centre, which is being run by the IPPA (The Early Childhood Organisation) and Sugradh and is funded by the Office of the Minister for Children' stated Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children.

Published on 28 June 2006

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23.06.06 Minister Lenihan officially opens Garda Central Vetting Unit & Announces Major Expansion in Child Protection Vetting

The Minister for Children, Mr Brian Lenihan, T.D., today officially opened the new, expanded and decentralised Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. 

Published on 23 June 2006

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20.06.06 Minister for Children names Child Protection Rapporteurs

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, has announced the appointment of legal experts Professor Finbarr McAuley and Geoffrey Shannon as special rapporteurs to audit legal developments for the protection of children.

Published on 20 June 2006

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15.06.06 Minister for Children opens Limerick City Childcare Committee's School Age Childcare Conference – “Here for d Fun”

Mr. Brian Lenihan, T.D. Minister for Children officially opened a School Age Childcare Conference Here 4 d Fun in Limerick today. In his opening speech, the Minister outlined the Government's commitments to the continued provision of quality childcare. 

Published on 15 June 2006

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15.06.06 Minister for Children launches Limerick County Play Plan 2006 – 2010

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD today launched the Limerick County Play Plan (2006 – 2010), in Castle Oaks Hotel, Limerick.

Published on 15 June 2006

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12.06.06 Minister for Children launches new Cocoon Head Start Centre Blessington, County Wicklow

Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children, officially opened a new Cocoon Head Start Centre in Blessington, Co. Wicklow today. In his opening speech, the Minister outlined the Government's commitments to the continued provision of quality childcare. 

Published on 12 June 2006

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09.06.06 Minister for Children presented with new Dublin City Council Childcare Policy by Lord Mayor, Councillor Catherine Byrne

Speaking at the launch of the “Dublin City Council Childcare Policy”, Brian Lenihan, T.D., Minister for Children, said he was “pleased to note that it focuses on policy issues and objectives that we all share in terms of the delivery of accessible affordable childcare, which is one of the most pressing issues for many parents today.

Published on 09 June 2006

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31.05.06 Minister for Children launches Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency

Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children today launched the offices of the Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency in Cork.

Published on 31 May 2006

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31.05.06 Short statement from Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children on the Supreme Court Judgement on Statutory Rape

"As Minister for Children, I am very concerned about the implications of the Supreme Court judgement last week...."

Published on 31 May 2006

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31.05.06 Response from Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children to the CSO Survey on Childcare

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD has said he is concerned about the cost of childcare, highlighted in the Quarterly National Household Survey, published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today. 

Published on 31 May 2006

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29.05.06 Second National Conference on New Childcare Investment Programme 2006 – 2010, Working Together for Children

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, has said much progress has been made in advancing the implementation of the new National Childcare Investment Programme which was part of the landmark childcare budget announcements last December. 

Published on 29 May 2006

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24.05.06 Minister for Children launches HSE Conference 'Quality Improvement in Children and Young People's Services: Getting Evidence into Practice

The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, has welcomed participation by children and young people in the health services.

Published on 24 May 2006

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22.05.06 Launch of the CARI (Children at Risk in Ireland) Annual Report

At the launch of the CARI, Minister Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children paid tribute to the CARI Foundation – stating that their 'professionalism and dedication to the welfare and protection of children has greatly improved the lives of thousands of children and parents throughout the country'...

Published on 22 May 2006

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