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Press Releases 2007

Significant improvements to new Childcare Scheme Announced

Significant improvements to new Childcare Scheme Announced. Review of Community Childcare Subvention Scheme ahead of schedule allows for key improvements.

Published on 18 December 2007

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Minister for Children launches Childcare Forum Report for Dublin Docklands Authority and 135 million euro allocated to Dublin area for childcare

Minister for Children launches Childcare Forum Report for Dublin Docklands Authority and 135 million euro allocated to Dublin area for childcare on 12 December 2007

Published on 12 December 2007

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Minister Smith welcomes significant uptake of new Community Childcare Subvention Scheme in County Monaghan on 10 December 2007

Mr. Brendan Smith, T.D., Minister for Children has welcomed the significant uptake of the new Community Childcare Subvention Scheme in County Monaghan. Speaking at the launch of the Strategic Plan for Monaghan County Childcare Committee, the Cavan / Monaghan Deputy and Minister confirmed that the vast majority of childcare providers in County Monaghan who are in receipt of

Published on 10 December 2007

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Minister for Children launches a new way of working in children's health and social services

'The Agenda for Children's Services reflects a fundamental change in how Government policy in relation to children is formulated and delivered. The new policy approach involves integrated delivery of services in partnership with children, young people, their families and their communities' stated Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Children. The Minister was speaking at the launch of The Agenda for Children's Services: A Policy Handbook and a series of Reflective Questions for policy-makers, HSE Senior managers and front-line managers and practitioners.

Published on 10 December 2007

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Minister for Children hosts Barnardos' Spirit of Christmas fundraising event on 7 December 2007 in Dublin Castle.

Minister for Children hosts Barnardos' Spirit of Christmas fundraising event on 7 December 2007 in Dublin Castle.

Published on 07 December 2007

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Minister for Children confirms significant uptake for new Childcare Subvention Scheme on 7 December 2007

Minister for Children confirms significant uptake for new Childcare Subvention Scheme. Transitional arrangements working - Smith on 7 December 2007.

Published on 07 December 2007

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Minister for Children welcomes €71 million budget boost for childcare on 5 December 2007

Minister for Children welcomes €71 million budget boost for childcare on 5 December 2007. Brendan Smith, TD, Minister for Children has welcomed a €71 million increase in budget funding for his Office as a 'significant boost in helping parents meet the costs of childcare'.

Published on 05 December 2007

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Launch of: The Review of the operation of the National Adoption Contact Preference Register (NACPR) and A Standardised Framework for the Provision of

Launch of: The Review of the operation of the National Adoption Contact Preference Register (NACPR) and A Standardised Framework for the Provision of a National Information and Tracing Service on 22 November 2007 in Adoption Board, Shelbourne House.

Published on 22 November 2007

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Minister for Children launches Family Group Conference Forum (NI) Conference “All Ireland Conference – Because Families Matter” on 15 November 2007 i

Minister for Children launches Family Group Conference Forum (NI) Conference “All Ireland Conference – Because Families Matter” on 15 November 2007 in Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan.

Published on 15 November 2007

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Government will not walk away from 1.1 Billion Euro investment in Community based Childcare 7 November 2007

New Childcare Subvention Scheme will be adjusted if necessary to ensure that low income families do not lose out.

Published on 07 November 2007

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Minister for Children Opens the Irish Foster Care Conference

Minister for Children Opens the Irish Foster Care Conference on 3rd November 2007. Brendan Smith T.D., Minister for Children, today congratulated the Irish Foster Care Association for their tireless work in aid of foster carers and children in foster care over the last 26 years.   

Published on 03 November 2007

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Minister for Children committed to raising standards of care and safety in Childcare Sector

Minister for Children, Brendan Smith, T.D. is keenly aware of public concerns regarding the health and wellbeing of children who are cared for in a pre-school service and has expressed his concerns to the HSE in regard to the events recently reported.

Published on 30 October 2007

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Minister for Children launches new publications for National Children's Nurseries Association (NCNA) on 25th October 2007

Minister for Children, Brendan Smith T.D., today officially launched the new National Children's Nurseries Association publications 'Guiding Childcare Practitioners through Observations, Planning and Reflection' and 'Quality Matters'.

Published on 25 October 2007

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Minister for Children launches Children Acts Advisory Board Annual Conference in Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny on 23 October, 2007.

At the first National Conference of the Children Acts Advisory Board (CAAB), Brendan Smith, T.D., Minister for Children said 'in the past year we have seen some very important developments in the arena of child protection.

Published on 23 October 2007

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Minister for Children launches Teen Parents Support Programme National Conference in Croke Park on 18th October 2007

Minister for Children Brendan Smith, T.D., spoke today at the Teen Parents Support Programme (TPSP) National Conference, the theme of which is “Teen Dads : The Neglected Parents – engaging with and supporting young fathers”.

Published on 18 October 2007

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Minister for Children launches One in Four Annual Report on 16 October 2007.

Minister for Children Brendan Smith, T.D., today launched the One in Four 2006 Annual Report.

Published on 16 October 2007

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Minister urges Parents to assist community-based childcare services to apply for funding under new scheme

The Minister for Children, Mr. Brendan Smith T.D., today called on parents with children in State funded community-based childcare services, to support their service providers in the coming weeks in applying for funding under the new Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCSS)

Published on 16 October 2007

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Minister for Children launches Roscommon County Childcare Committee Strategic Plan and a Support Pack for Childminders

Minister for Children launches Roscommon County Childcare Committee Strategic Plan and a Support Pack for Childminders - 15 October 2007

Published on 15 October 2007

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Minister for Children launches Listening to Children: Children's stories of domestic violence on Thursday 11 October 2007

Minister for Children Brendan Smith TD, today welcomed the publication of important information on how children experience domestic violence and how the services they access can help to support them. The Minister was speaking at the launch of 'Listening to Children: Children's stories of domestic violence' by Fergus Hogan and Máire O' Reilly.

Published on 11 October 2007

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€8.9 million invested in Letrim Childcare

Minister for Children opens new Childcare Facility at Dromod, Co Leitrim on 5th October, 2007.

Published on 05 October 2007

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Press Release Official opening of Na Naíonraí Gaelacha Annual Conference by Máire Hoctor, Minister of State at Health and Children

Official opening of Na Naíonraí Gaelacha Annual Conference, Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co. by Ms Máire Hoctor, T.D., Minister of State at Health and Children with responsibility for Older People - 05 October 2007

Published on 05 October 2007

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Press Release - Minister for Children launches Children's Book Festival 2007

Press Release - Minister for Children launches Children's Book Festival 2007, Pearse Street Library - 3rd October 2007

Published on 03 October 2007

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Minister for Children meets Mr Michael McGimpsey, MLA in Belfast on child protection.

Minister for Children, Mr Brendan Smith TD today met with the Minister for Health in the Northern Ireland Executive, Mr Michael McGimpsey MLA.  The Minster for Children requested the meeting as part of a broad programme of engagement with all partners in his first few months in office.  The Minister's took the opportunity to brief each other on developments in child protection in

Published on 21 September 2007

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Minister for Children refutes Shatter's ill informed charges on Thursday 20 September 2007.

Minister for Children, Brendan Smith, T.D., has strongly refuted claims by Fine Gael Spokesperson Alan Shatter, that the Government is delaying the proposed referendum on children.“I was amazed at Deputy Shatter's badly informed assertion that there has been “too much talk and too little action” regarding the referendum on children. As I have stated publicly on a number of

Published on 20 September 2007

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Minister for Children welcomes appointment of new Chairman of the Adoption Board on Tuesday, 18th September 2007.

Mr. Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Children welcomed the decision by the Government to appoint Mr. Geoffrey Shannon as Chairman of the Adoption Board. 'The new Chairman will be taking up his position at a time of great change and development for the Adoption Board, not least the forthcoming legislation which will have fundamental implications for the whole sector. I would like to pay

Published on 18 September 2007

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Minister for Children reiterates vital role of Garda Vetting Unit in Child Protection on Thursday 13 September 2007.

Minister for Children, Brendan Smith, T.D., has reiterated the vital role of the Garda vetting in child protection.
The Minister was speaking on a visit to the Garda Central Vetting Unit/Garda Criminal Records Office in Thurles, at which he saw at first hand the vital child protection work which has just been expanded under new regulations to vet staff working in the childcare sector.

Published on 13 September 2007

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Minister for Children launches Teenspace: National Recreation Policy for Young People

Minister for Children launches Teenspace: National Recreation Policy for Young People
Larkin Community College Sports and Leisure Centre, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin on Monday 10 September 2007.
     

Published on 10 September 2007

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Minister for Children officially opens new Girls Remand and Assessment Unit in Oberstown Girls School on Friday, 7 September 2007

Minister for Children officially opens new Girls Remand and Assessment Unit in Oberstown Girls School on Friday, 7 September 2007.
Minister for Children, Brendan Smith T.D., today opened Cuan Beag, the newly refurbished Girls Remand and Assessment Unit at Oberstown, Lusk, Co. Dublin.

Published on 07 September 2007

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Minister for Children launches Children Services Awards in Farmleigh House on 5th September 2007

Minister for Children launches Children Services Awards in Farmleigh House on Wednesday, 5th September 2007.
Minister for Children, Brendan Smith T.D. today launched the 'Awards for Services to Children and Young People' scheme established by the Children Acts Advisory Board (CAAB).

Published on 05 September 2007

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Minister for Children launches new Strategic Plan 2007 -2010 for South Dublin County Childcare Committee

Minister for Children launches new Strategic Plan 2007 -2010 for South Dublin County Childcare Committee €135 million allocated to Childcare in Dublin Area
Minister for Children, Brendan Smith T.D., today launched the new South Dublin County Childcare Committee (SDCCC) Strategic Plan 2007 – 2010.  This Plan sets out the future objectives of the Committee in implementing the Government's National Childcare Investment Programme

Published on 30 August 2007

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Minister for Children announces new €153 million childcare grant scheme

Government on target to deliver over €1 billion in childcare investment by 2010 The Minister for Children, Brendan Smith TD, today announced details of the new Community Childcare Subvention Scheme under the National Childcare Investment Programme (NCIP). 'The Scheme will operate during 2008-2010 and will subvent community-based not-for-profit childcare services to enable

Published on 16 July 2007

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Minister for Children seeks investigation by HSE on Niall McElwee incident

Following disclosures from a member of An Garda Siochana that he informed the then Midland Health Board about the incident concerning Mr Niall McElwee, the Minister for Children Brendan Smith, TD, has asked the HSE to investigate the matter and to report to him urgently.Press contact:Anne O'Donnell  Office of the Minister for Children01 6743204 / 086 3837320

Published on 13 July 2007

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Minister for Children re-iterates Government commitment to addressing child protection.

Minister for Children re-iterates Government commitment to addressing child protection. Press Release on Friday 13 July 2007.

Published on 13 July 2007

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Minister for Children Launches 171 Affordable Housing Units with Community Childcare Facility and also New 'Childcare Policy and Procedures Manual'

Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Children Launches 171 Affordable Housing Units with Community Childcare Facility in Tailte an Chlochair, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan and also new 'Childcare Policy and Procedures Manual'.

Published on 12 July 2007

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Minister for Children launches new Strategic Plan 2007-2010 for Dublin City Childcare Committee

Minister for Children launches new Strategic Plan 2007-2010 for Dublin City Childcare Committee on Wednesday 27 June 2007 in Ard Comhairle Suite, Croke Park, Dublin.

Brendan Smith T.D., Minister for Children, today launched the new Dublin City Childcare Committee (DCCC) Strategic Plan 2007 – 2010.  This Plan sets out future objectives of the Committee in implementing the Government's National Childcare Investment Programme (NCIP) 2006-2010, throughout Dublin City.To date, funding of over

Published on 27 June 2007

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Minister for Children announces details of Government funding and support for innovative care and education project in Dublin.

Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan announced today details of Government funding and support for innovative care and education project at St Ultan's in Cherry Orchard in Dublin.The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan has said the Government's decision to allocate substantial annual funding and other supports to the Integrated Care and Education Project at St Ultan's in Cherry Orchard, Dublin demonstrated

Published on 13 June 2007

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Government to establish independent inquiry on tragic death of Wexford family

24 April 2007 - The Minister for Children, Mr Brian Lenihan TD has expressed his profound sympathy with the families and friends of Adrian and Kiara Dunne and their two children, who died tragically at the weekend. He also expressed his sympathy with the community in Monageer who must come to terms with this tragedy."The Government has agreed that as soon as the relevant facts of this case are established, an

Published on 25 April 2007

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Minister for Children presents All-Ireland Centre of Excellence Awards to 18 Childcare Services

'The Government has demonstrated its commitment to childcare under the €575 million National Childcare Investment Programme, announced in Budget 2006. The Programme recognises and values high quality standards in the Early Childhood Care and Education sector' stated Mr Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children.

Published on 21 April 2007

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Minister for Children launches the ISPAI Child Pornography Hotline Fourth Report

Brian Lenihan TD, Minister for Children, today launched the Fourth Report of the Irish Hotline. The Hotline is operated by the Internet Service Providers' Association of Ireland (ISPAI), as part of a self regulatory regime supervised by the Internet Advisory Board.

Published on 29 March 2007

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Minister for Children officially opens Ramelton Playground

“I am delighted to be here in Ramelton today to officially open the town's new playground” stated Minister for Children Brian Lenihan T.D. The playground caters for local children up to 12 years of age and in addition, provides a focal point for families in the community.

Published on 02 March 2007

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