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Press Releases 2009

9 December 2009 - €15 million for Ryan Report Implementation Plan

Against the backdrop of harsh corrections in the public finances, the Government has agreed to fund in 2010 measures identified in the Government's Implementation Plan in response to the Ryan Report. The precise allocation will be itemised in the Revised Estimates Volume but will be in the order of €15 million. 

Published on 09 December 2009

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20 November 2009 - Teenagers celebrate 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with Minister Andrews

Teenagers from the Children and Young People's Forum (CYPF) of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA) and The Base in Ballyfermot, joined other schoolchildren from Dublin in Government Buildings today to celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Published on 20 November 2009

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4 November 2009 - Statement by Barry Andrews TD on the National Children in Care Inspection Report 2008 (HIQA)

Statement by Barry Andrews TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on the National Children in Care Inspection Report 2008 (HIQA)

Published on 04 November 2009

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2 September 2009 - Minister Andrews responds to OECD's “Doing Better for Children” Report

Responding to the publication of the OECD's report on child well-being, “Doing Better for Children”, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews, T.D. said, “the report provides a snap shot of 30 countries child care policies and the relative impact of those policies on children's lives. 

Published on 02 September 2009

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10 August 2009 - Statement by Minister Andrews on the free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme

Statement by Minister Andrews on the free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme Monday, 10 August 2009

Published on 10 August 2009

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4 August 2009 - €0.7 Million Investment in the Expansion of Facilities and Services for Young People announced by Minister Andrews

Funding of €0.7million under the Expansion of the Young People's Facilities and Services Fund (YPFSF) to 4 new towns of Arklow, Athone, Dundalk and Wexford. Minister

Published on 04 August 2009

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31.07.09 2010 free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme under the OMCYA

Latest figures from the OMCYA show that approximately 4,000 pre-school services have applied to enter the scheme with a capacity to provide some 93,000 pre-school year places, well in excess of the places required.  As a result, it has been decided to allow for greater parental choice and flexibility in the case of children who just miss out on the age eligibility of the scheme by a matter of weeks.

Published on 31 July 2009

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28 July 2009 - Launch of Implementation Plan in response to the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, 2009.

Minister Andrews launches Government's Implementation Plan in response to the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, 2009.

Published on 28 July 2009

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10 July 2009 - Launch of First Results from Growing Up in Ireland

Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews T.D., today launched the first results from Growing Up in Ireland – the Child Cohort, a national study tracking the lives of 8,500 9-year-old children and their families.

Published on 10 July 2009

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6 July 2009 - Minister Andrews meets UK Child Protection Expert and Survivors of Residential Abuse in London

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews, T.D. today met with leading UK child protection expert Lord Laming.  Following the meeting in the House of Lords, Minister Andrews travelled to Islington and Camden to meet with survivors of institutional abuse and care providers.

Published on 09 July 2009

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5 July 2009 - National Play Day in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

The Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs designated Sunday 5th July as National Play Day 2009. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews TD, today attended National Play Day events in Dublin City Council's Merrion Square and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council's Blackrock Park.

Published on 06 July 2009

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4 July 2009 - Progress on Bilateral Adoption Agreement Talks in Hanoi

Minister Andrews has reported progress during recent discussions on a bilateral agreement on intercountry adoption on his return from Vietnam.

Published on 06 July 2009

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15 June 2009 - Launch of Consultation Report - Teenage Mental Health: What Helps and What Hurts?

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews TD and Minister for Disability and Mental Health, John Moloney TD today launched Teenage Mental Health: What Helps and What Hurts? A Report of consultations with teenagers.

Published on 15 June 2009

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12 June 2009 - Launch of Consultative Process on Developing the Workforce in the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector

12th June 2009 - Launch of Consultative Process on Developing the Workforce in the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector. The consultation process, which will take place over the next three months, invites comments and submissions on the key issues and challenges involved in ECCE workforce development.

Published on 15 June 2009

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12 May 2009 Publication of the Redacted Report of the Monageer Inquiry

Mr Barry Andrews, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today published the Redacted Report of the Monageer Inquiry.

Published on 12 May 2009

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6 May 2009 Minister Andrews presents a challenge award to 'Keen Teens' at YSI 2009

Barry Andrews TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today presented an award in the 'Making a Difference for Young People' challenge to Presentation College, Currylea, Tuam, Co. Galway for their project 'Keen Teens' at the Young Social Innovators 2009 Award Ceremony. 

Published on 06 May 2009

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1 May 2009 Minister Andrews welcomes that Social Welfare and Pensions Act,2009 ensures entitlements for children leaving care

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews TD welcomes the inclusion of provisions in the Social Welfare Act 2009 to protect the vulnerable position of young people who have left, or about to leave, the care of the HSE.

Published on 01 May 2009

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20th April 2009 - Minister Andrews Welcomes Adoption of a Stronger EU Approach to Protecting Children OnlineMicrosoft Word  document

Mr Barry Andrews, T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today
adopted on behalf of Ireland, the Prague Ministerial Declaration on A new
European approach for a Safer Internet for children.

Published on 20 April 2009

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9 April 2009 Minister Andrews responds to calls for out of hours service for children at risk

Minister Andrews responds to calls from AGSI to Provide Out of Hours Service for Children at RiskThursday, 9th April 2009Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews, T.D., in replying to calls by the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors to address the question of "out of hours" care for children at risk, stated that the Government and the HSE remain committed to the development of a comprehensive needs-based service for children at risk. Minister

Published on 09 April 2009

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7 April 2009 Minister Andrews welcomes free pre-school year

Press Release Minister for Children and Youth Affairs welcomes free pre-school year in early childhood care and education (ECCE)7th April 2009. The Minister for welcomed today's Budget announcement by the Minister for Finance of the introduction next January of a free pre-school year for children.  The scheme is expected to benefit some 70,000 children, aged between 3 years 3 months and 4 years 6 months every year. 

Published on 07 April 2009

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2 April 2009 Joint statement from the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and the Adoption Board

Minister Andrews is pleased to advise that the Vietnamese Government have invited a delegation from Ireland to discuss the provisions of the draft agreement provided. The Vietnamese Authorities have been advised of the delegation's willingness to travel at the earliest date.

Published on 02 April 2009

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23 March 2009 Launch of consultation on national data strategy on children's lives

The Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today launched a public consultation process on the development of its National Data Strategy on Children's Lives. This strategy will set out the vision, goals, principles and actions needed to achieve good quality, easily accessible, internationally comparable information about the lives of children in Ireland. Questionnaire remains open for submissions until Wednesday 29 April 2009.

Published on 23 March 2009

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6 March 2009 Statement by Minister Andrews on draft adoption agreement sent to Vietnam

Minister Andews confirms that draft bilateral agreement for intercountry adoption was today (6th March) delivered through the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Vietnamese Authorities for their consideration. 

Published on 06 March 2009

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24 February 2009 Statement by Minister Andrews on Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church

Barry Andrews TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, welcomes the publication of Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland (24 February 2009)

Published on 24 February 2009

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Press Release 23 February 2009 on formal signing of International Agreement allowing for children from Belarus to continue visiting Ireland

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews TD stated that he was delighted to hear that the formal signing (23/02/09) has taken place of the International Agreement between Ireland and the Republic of Belarus in relation to children travelling from Belarus to Ireland.

Published on 23 February 2009

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Dáil na nÓg 2009 Event Outline

Dáil na nÓg 2009 is being held on Friday, 20 February in Croke Park Conference Centre. Over 200 teenagers will attend and make proposals on Mental Health and Physical Health issues. Delegates are elected to attend Dáil na nÓg by their local Comhairle na nÓg. Barry Andrews TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, will address the delegates.

Published on 19 February 2009

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Statement 03 February 2009 - Minister outlines changes to Early Childcare Supplement.

Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews, TD on changes to the Early Childcare SupplementTuesday, 3rd February 2009. Changes brought about by current economic climate and need to restrict public expenditure. Government took the decision to taper the duration and amount paid under the Early Childcare Supplement (ECS).

Published on 03 February 2009

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Press Release 26 January 2009: Minister discusses safeguarding of children in society.

Minister Andrews, Cardinal Brady and Archbishop Martin discuss the safeguarding of children in society. Saturday, 24 January 2009:  On the invitation of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Mr Barry Andrews TD, Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, met today to discuss the issue of safeguarding children and the whole of society's responsibility to this critically important issue.  This

Published on 26 January 2009

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Press Release 26 January 2009 Minister welcomes HSE's decision to launch an independent investigation

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews TD, welcomes HSE's decision to launch an independent investigation.
Saturday 24 January 2009:
I wish to confirm that this afternoon (January 24th), I took receipt of the HSE's preliminary review into the horrific case heard before Roscommon Circuit Court this week concerning incest, abuse and neglect.On the basis of this initial report, I fully support the HSE's decision to immediately launch a detailed

Published on 26 January 2009

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Press Release 23 January 2009: Minister launches the Adoption Bill 2009

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launches the Adoption Bill 2009 on 23 January 2009
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews TD, today launched the publication of the Adoption Bill 2009 and stated, 'the Government's aim in bringing forward this piece of legislation is to support and protect prospective parents, and even more importantly, the children for whom adoption services are devised and provided'. 

Published on 23 January 2009

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Press Statement 22 January 2009: Statement from Barry Andrews TD on Roscommon incest and neglect case.

Statement from Barry Andrews TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on 22 January 2009 on Roscommon incest and neglect case.

Published on 22 January 2009

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Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews, TD on Audit of Catholic Church Dioceses on 7 January 2009

Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews, TD on Audit of Catholic Church Dioceses on 7 January 2009

Published on 07 January 2009

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