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Press Releases 2011

30.12.11 Minister Fitzgerald announces developments in intercountry adoption between Ireland and Vietnam.

Administrative arrangements for intercountry adoption to be progressed by Adoption Authority in Vietnam in January.Minister Fitzgerald stated “since becoming Minister for Children and Youth Affairs I have taken every opportunity to foster and develop relationships with the Vietnamese authorities.

Published on 30 December 2011

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20.12.11 Minister Fitzgerald announces review of the Youth Homelessness Strategy

New Implementation Framework to be prepared for next 5 years. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald TD has today announced that her Department has engaged with the Centre for Effective Services to undertake a high level review of implementation of the 2001 Youth Homelessness Strategy and to make recommendations on a new Implementation Framework to address youth homelessness over the next 5 years.

Published on 20 December 2011

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19.12.11 Publication of Further Portions of Diocese of Cloyne Report

8 April, 2011 the High Court directed that publication of certain parts of the report of the Commission of Investigation into the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse against clerics of the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne be not published until the court otherwise directs. 

Published on 19 December 2011

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19.12.11 Children's Minister welcome progress on recruitment of additional Social Workers proposed in Ryan Report

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, TD today welcomed the progress made by the HSE in delivering on its commitment to recruit 60 additional social work staff this year as recommended in the Ryan Report. These posts been exempted from the moratorium on recruitment and filling of vacancies.

Published on 19 December 2011

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13.12.11 Minister Fitzgerald announces €200,000 funding for 18 youth cafes

Minister announces increase in capital funding for youth projects from €0.8m in 2011 to €1.5m in each of 2012 & 2013 December 12 2011  The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D is pleased to announce today details of a special once-off provision of €200,000 to support 18 youth projects around the country. 

Published on 13 December 2011

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06.12.11 Q&As – Budget changes relating to Childcare and Pre-school funding

Q&As – Budget changes relating to Childcare and Pre-school funding

Published on 06 December 2011

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05.12.11 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes securing future of universal free pre-school year

Minister Fitzgerald welcomes securing future of universal free pre-school year

Published on 05 December 2011

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01.12.11 Minister Fitzgerald Launches Growing Up In Ireland New Findings

Minister Fitzgerald Launches Growing Up In Ireland – New Findings From the National Study of 11,100 Three-Year-Olds And Their Families. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today launched the first findings from Growing up in Ireland – the Infant Cohort at 3 Years involving 11,100 three-year-olds and their parents.  Speaking at today's event, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances

Published on 01 December 2011

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30.11.11 Minister Fitzgerald comments on the publication of six diocesan reviews

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs comments on the publication of six diocesan reviews.November 30th 2011The Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD today acknowledged the work of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church and the publication of the reports on safeguarding practices in six Catholic dioceses.In July 2011, following publication of the Cloyne Report, Minister Fitzgerald called on the Church and its National Board for

Published on 30 November 2011

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23.11.11 National Strategy For Research And Data On Children's Lives 2011-2016

National Strategy For Research And Data On Children's Lives 2011-2016 – Minister Frances Fitzgerald Launches Key Policy To Guide Children's Research For The Next Five Years. The document sets out a strategic direction for children's research at national level and incorporates 59 actions by 24 statutory and research bodies.

Published on 23 November 2011

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18.11.11 Dáil na nÓg 2011 celebrates its 10th Anniversary session

Dáil na nÓg 2011 celebrates its 10th Anniversary session by asking to be allowed  to attend Dáil meetings and to involved in decison making at local level.Friday 18th November 20112011 marks the 10th anniversary of Dáil na nÓg.

Published on 18 November 2011

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14.11.11 New Oversight Group to evaluate out-of-hours social work pilot projects

New Oversight Group to evaluate out-of-hours social work pilot projects  Monday 14th November 2011 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald TD has received preliminary reports on two pilot projects for out-of-hours social work which are underway in Donegal and Cork.

Published on 14 November 2011

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10.11.11 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes Vietnam's ratification of Hague Convention on Adoption

Minister Fitzgerald welcomes Vietnam's ratification of Hague Convention on Adoption.16th November 2011 Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs,  has welcomed Vietnam's decision to ratify the Hague Convention on inter-country adoption.

Published on 10 November 2011

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27.11.11 Minister Fitzgerald announces National Recreation Week 2011

Minister Frances Fitzgerald announces National Recreation Week 2011Minister to establish National Play and Recreation Network27th October, 2011Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald TD is delighted to announce National Recreation Week 2011, which runs this year from tomorrow Friday 28th October to Thursday 3rd November. This is a nationwide celebration of recreational activities for young people run in partnership with various local authorities across the state.Minister

Published on 27 October 2011

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28.09.11 Minister Fitzgerald confirms expansion of Children's Services Committees

Minister Fitzgerald addresses 'Working Together for Children' Conference in Croke Park and launches international Evidence Review of Interagency Working.Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald TD has this morning addressed the 'Working Together for Children' Conference in Croke Park.

Published on 28 September 2011

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23.09.11 Task Force on the Child & Family Support Agency

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, today (23 September 2011) announced the setting up of the Task Force on the Child & Family Support Agency. 

Published on 23 September 2011

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19.09.11 Minister Fitzgerald provides update on recent developments regarding Vietnamese Intercountry Adoption

Frances Fitzgerald,T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today highlighted recent developments that have taken place in relation to intercountry adoption with Vietnam.Minister Fitzgerald said that Ireland had a long tradition of cordial relations with the Peoples' Republic of Vietnam. "I recently met with the Vietnamese Ambassador to Ireland Mr Vu Quang Minh. 

Published on 19 September 2011

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31.08.11 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes establishment of helplines in response to Carraig na bhFearr enquires

Frances Fitzgerald TD., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has welcomed the establishment by the HSE of a Freephone Helpdesk for those who may require support or counselling, in response to reported concerns regarding the welfare and protection of children who attended a boarding school in Carraig na bhFearr, Cork, run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

Published on 31 August 2011

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18.08.11 €0.8 Million Investment in the Expansion of Facilities and Services for Young People announced by Minister Fitzgerald

Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced funding of 0.8 million under the Expansion of the Young People's Facilities and Services Fund (YPFSF) to the four new towns of Arklow, Athone, Dundalk and Wexford. Minister Fitzgerald said she was confident that the facilities and equipment which will be provided as a result of the funding will be enjoyed by many and will play a meaningful and ongoing role in the development and support of young people.

Published on 18 August 2011

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27.07.11 Launch of Listen to Our Voices: A report of consultations with children and young people living in the care of the State

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD today launched Listen to Our Voices: Hearing Children and Young People Living in the Care of the State.

Published on 27 July 2011

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07.19.11 Minister Fitzgerald lays Ryan Report second progress report before Oireachtas

New Children First Guidance and 260 additional social workers among key developments; Fitzgerald takes on Chair and invites outside representatives onto Implementation Group.   

Published on 20 July 2011

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15.07.11 Minister Fitzgerald Launches Children First 2011

Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today launched Children First 2011 – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children. Children First is National Guidance that promotes the protection

Published on 15 July 2011

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13.07.11 Joint statement by the Minister Shatter and Minister Fitzgerald

Joint statement by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan&
8232; Shatter and the Minister for Children, Ms Frances Fitzgerald

Published on 13 July 2011

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13.07.11 Speech by Minister Frances Fitzgerald Publication of Cloyne Report

Today, my colleague Minister Shatter & I, with the approval of Government, are publishing the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Diocese of Cloyne.I thank Judge Murphy and her team for their efforts in producing this comprehensive report. I also commend the bravery of those who came forward and told of their experiences. Whatever else is said today, let us not forget that innocent lives were changed

Published on 13 July 2011

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11.07.11 Teenagers want reform of the Junior Cycle in second-level schools

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8232;Coach House, Dublin Castle &
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8232;Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and Ruairí Quinn TD, Minister for Education and Skills jointly launched the Report of a Consultation with young people on reform of the Junior Cycle today.

Published on 11 July 2011

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07.07.11 New Department of Children and Youth Affairs will leave a lasting legacy on child protection - Minister Fitzgerald

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs addresses Oireachtas Joint CommitteeJuly 6th 2011The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD has, today, told the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health, Children and Youth Affairs that her new Department will leave a lasting legacy in ensuring that robust systems for the implementation and oversight of child

Published on 07 July 2011

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30.06.11 Let's have fun! National Play Day 2011

Overview of events

Published on 30 June 2011

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03.07.11 Minister Frances Fitzgerald welcomes the celebration of National Play Day 2011

Sunday, 3rd July Let's Have Fun!The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has designated Sunday 3rd July as National Play Day 2011. The theme of this year's event is 'Let's Have Fun'. The Department has invited Local Authorities across the country to take part in the event and to promote a national play day event in their own Local Authority area.The

Published on 29 June 2011

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17.07.11 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald Launches Research on Young People Leaving Care

Minister confirms additional aftercare staff and development of a National Aftercare Service 17 June 2011 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald will today launch Empowering People in Care (EPIC).  This is the new name and identity for the Irish Association of Young People in Care.

Published on 17 June 2011

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10.06.11 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald approves additional 3.6m euro for Counselling Services for Families

June 10thThe Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., has approved funding of over €3.6 million to 588 voluntary and community groups nationwide which provide a wide range of marriage, child and bereavement counselling services and supports. Announcing the funding, Minister Fitzgerald, said: This funding is used to help people deal

Published on 10 June 2011

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02.06.11 Minister Frances Fitzgerald announces the formal establishment of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA)

Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced the formal establishment of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.   Minister Fitzgerald said “  I am delighted that the Government has taken the decision to establish the Department of Children and Youths Affairs,  a decision which

Published on 02 June 2011

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02.06.11 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes response to National Consultation with children and young people on the new National Children's Strategy

As Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD today formally begins her role in the newly established Department of Children and Youth Affairs she welcomes the very good response that has already been achieved for the National Consultation with children and young people on the new National Children's Strategy (2012-2017).

Published on 02 June 2011

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25.05.11 Minister for Children welcomes the Fourth Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. has welcomed the Fourth Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Mr. Geoffrey Shannon."Mr. Shannon's report is stark reading and shows a number of problems in the child protection system in Ireland" said Minister Fitzgerald. 

Published on 25 May 2011

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11.04.11 Frances Fitzgerald asks Adoption Authority to visit Vietnam

Press Release 12th April 2011 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD asks Adoption Authority to visit Vietnam.

Published on 13 April 2011

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09.04.11 Opening of the NCNA/IPPA Conference "What Now for Children?" at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, officially opens the NCNA/IPPA Conference "What Now for Children?" at the Royal Hospital KilmainhamFrances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today (Saturday, 9th April 2011) officially opened the NCNA/IPPA Conference "What Now for Children".Speaking at  the  opening,  Minister  Fitzgerald acknowledged the enormous contribution  made  to the early

Published on 09 April 2011

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28.03.11 Minister Frances Fitzgerald launches a national consultation process with children and young people for the National

Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, today launched a consultation to discover the issues of most importance to children and young people to inform development of the new National Children's Strategy (2012-2017). The consultation will take place in the week Monday, 4th to Friday 8th April. Speaking at the launch, Minister Fitzgerald said: 'my Department will lead action across Government in relation to children and young people and take decisions in children's best interests'.

Published on 28 March 2011

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19.03.11 Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. visits Irish Community in Earthquake Stricken Christchurch, New Zealand

Minister Fitzgerald paid a one day visit to Chrishchurch on 19th March to meet with members of the Irish Community. Speaking at the Irish Association Club premises in the city, the Minister expressed the solidarity and support of the Irish Government and people for the one thousand three hundred strong community.The Minister applauded the great community spirit demonstrated by the Irish in support of the vulnerable members of the community in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Published on 19 March 2011

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16.03.11 Monday, 4th April – Friday, 8th April 2011: National Consultation with children and young people on the new National Children's Strategy

Monday, 4th April – Friday, 8th April 2011:
Children and young people are invited to complete questionnaires in all schools and

Published on 16 March 2011

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18.02.11 Launch of Student Travelcard for Teens

Student Travelcard for Teens a better travel deal for teenagers.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews TD today launched the Student Travelcard for Teens at Connolly Station, Dublin.

Published on 18 February 2011

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