Press Releases 2012
Joint statement by Minister Fitzgerald and Bishop Jones on marriage and family
Published on 14 December 2012
6,000 places in a new School Age Childcare Scheme €2.5 million for new Area Based Approach to Child Poverty initiative Capital funding for National Children Detention Facility – to end the practice of detaining 16 and 17 year olds in St. St Patrick's Institution; Savings to be matched by reforms and value-for money reviews.
Published on 05 December 2012
Minister welcomes proposal to support youth organisations and youth services
Minister Fitzgerald to prioritise youth employment during her Presidency of EU Council of Youth Minister
Published on 05 December 2012
29.11.12 Fitzgerald responds to latest research on obesity, discipline and self-concept among young Irish teenagers
Minister welcomes positive findings in latest 'Growing Up In Ireland' research;Positive attitudes towards families from young teenagers;Minister says problems of obesity, discipline and low self-concept among girls require special attention.
Published on 29 November 2012
Ireland's EU Presidency to focus on supporting youth employment - Fitzgerald Minister outlines her Presidency priorities at Council of Youth Ministers in Brussels. The Minister outlined Ireland's national priority themes for the Youth Council Presidency in 2013 which will include a focus on promoting the contribution of youth work to achieving the goals of Europe 2020 growth agenda, in particular in relation to supporting youth employment.
Published on 27 November 2012
Mental health, bullying, facilities for young people and sexual health are among top issues identified by the Comhairle na nÓgFriday. Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today addressed the Comhairle na nÓg National Showcase in Croke Park.
Published on 09 November 2012
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today launched, Life as a Child and Young Person in Ireland: Report of a National Consultation.
This consultation was conducted in April 2011 and was completed by 66,705 children and young people across the State.
Published on 06 November 2012
Dr Carol Coulter to run five year independent research and reporting project on the child care courts. Frances Fitzgerald TD, The Minister of Children and Youth Affairs, has welcomed the setting up of a project which will report and carry out research on child care hearings in the courts.These cases, heard mainly in the District Courts, involve applications by the HSE for orders to protect children,
Published on 05 November 2012
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has this morning met with Facebook management to discuss online safeguards for children given recent concerns over cyber-bullying and internet safety
Published on 02 November 2012
01.11.12 Minister Fitzgerald announces €2.25 million in capital funding for youth cafes, youth projects and play facilities
Minister makes announcement during visit to Portlaoise to mark National Recreation Week 2012. €500,000 to be provided to youth cafes in 2012 €1.5million in 2013 for youth capital projects, including further youth cafes, €250,000 for play and recreation initiatives in 2013.
Published on 01 November 2012
Minister Frances Fitzgerald announces National Recreation Week 2012 26 October 2012 Every county participating for first time ever Minister says promoting recreation is a not a soft policy issue - it is a key policy response to improving outcomes for children Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has announced that, for the first time, every county in Ireland is participating National Recreation Week.
Published on 26 October 2012
77% of participants ranking body image as important to them; 43% dissatisfied with their body-image.- Irish teenagers are more sensitive to concerns over body-image that in other countries.Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today launched 'How We See It: Report of a Survey on Young People's Body Image'.
Published on 15 October 2012
Audit highlights recent improvements. Minister says focus must remain on addressing the need for ongoing improvements.
Minister reaffirms Government's commitment to protecting children through stronger legislation, more effective services and changing the Constitution
Published on 11 October 2012
24.09.12 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes signing of Administrative Agreement on intercountry adoption with Vietnam
Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today attended the official signing of the Administrative Agreement on intercountry adoption at the headquarters of the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI).Minister Ha Hung Cuong, Minister for Justice of Vietnam, signatory for and on behalf of the Vietnamese Central Authority, and Dr Geoffrey Shannon
Published on 24 September 2012
Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today hosted a Family Day in Farmleigh for Minister Cuong, Vietnamese Minister for Justice, and a delegation of Vietnamese officials. Minister Cuong, and senior officials from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, are visiting Ireland for the purposes of finalising and signing an administrative arrangement for intercountry adoption between
Published on 23 September 2012
Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has welcomed the forthcoming visit this weekend of the Vietnamese Minister for Justice, Mr. Ha Hung Cuong and senior officials from the Socialist
Published on 21 September 2012
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has welcomed publication this week of a draft joint report from the EU Commission and Council of Ministers on the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy. In particular the Minister welcomes the report's call for an increased youth policy focus on contributing to Europe 2020 growth agenda, including measure to support youth
Published on 13 September 2012
Standards-led approach is central to enforcing a new culture of quality, effectiveness and accountability in our child protection system - Fitzgerald
Published on 25 July 2012
24.07.12 Minister Fitzgerald says quality youth work must play role in responding to youth unemployment and to recent Child Deaths Report
Symposium looks to 'exploring outcomes in youth work and related provision'
Published on 24 July 2012
20.07.12 Minister Fitzgerald publishes Report of the Task Force on the Child and Family Support Agency
Child and Family Support Agency to be established in 2013
New Agency brings dedicated focus to child welfare
Published on 20 July 2012
19.07.12 Minister Fitzgerald confirms that 5th annual report of the Special Rapporteur on Children to be presented to Cabinet next Tuesday
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today confirmed that the 5th annual report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Mr Geoffrey Shannon, is due be presented to Cabinet next Tuesday and will be published after that.
Published on 19 July 2012
17.07.12 Minister Fitzgerald to develop Heads and General Scheme of a Bill to establish the Child and Family Support Agency
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs announced today that she had received Government approval for the drafting of Heads and a General Scheme of a Bill to establish the Child and Family Support Agency. The Heads and a General Scheme of a Bill will now be drafted by her officials.
Published on 17 July 2012
Positive outcome to visit to Ireland by a delegation of senior Vietnamese officials
Agreement reached on administrative arrangements to allow for the resumption of adoptions
Published on 02 July 2012
Minister Fitzgerald says National Play Day and new Play and Recreation Network initiative are vital for children's health
Published on 29 June 2012
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launched the new Retail Ireland Childrenswear Guidelines. The launch took place at an event in Dundrum Town Centre.
Published on 28 June 2012
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has announced that in conjunction with her colleague Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence, she has extended the remit of the Ombudsman for Children to cover St. Patrick's Institution.
Published on 23 June 2012
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children &Youth Affairs has confirmed that she is putting in place a programme to implement the recommendations of the Report of the Independent Child Death Review Group which she published this week.
Published on 22 June 2012
Current Government reform agenda an essential response to legacy of child protection failures - Minister
Published on 20 June 2012
Minister Fitzgerald hosts first meeting of Expert Advisory Group on Ireland's first-ever Early Years Strategy. Minister says the need for quality services for children must not be forgotten in the ongoing debate over additional childcare provision
Published on 18 June 2012
Minister Frances Fitzgerald meets Ms. Marta Santos Pais. Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General on violence against children has this week visited Ireland and has met with Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
Published on 12 June 2012
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, is today (June 11th) launching a public consultation on the forthcoming Children & Young People's Policy Framework. The consultation will be open for the 4 weeks from 11th June - 6th July and is available for completion online
Published on 11 June 2012
Children's Minister commends integrated approach to absenteeism in Dublin 8 as chronic absenteeism is reduced by 42% and overall absenteeism by 25%.
Published on 07 June 2012
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., today announced that €6 million in capital grant funding has been allocated to 290 childcare settings throughout Ireland.
Published on 01 June 2012
30.05.12 Minister Fitzgerald announces extension of the Growing Up in Ireland Study to include data on 5 year olds
Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today announced an extension of Growing Up in Ireland, the National Longitudinal Study of Children. Minister Fitzgerald stated “The Growing Up in Ireland study is providing us with essential and invaluable data about the life experiences of our children."
Published on 30 May 2012
Frances Fitzgerald TD., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today welcomed the allocation of €150,000 by the EU Daphne Programme to the ISPCC for the set-up and initial operation of the 116000 Missing Children's Hotline in Ireland, as supported by a Project Team established by Minister Fitzgerald.
Published on 23 May 2012
Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has extended her congratulations to Katie Taylor following her Gold Medal win and fourth world title at the World AIBA World Women's Championship in China.
Published on 19 May 2012
18.05.12 Minister Fitzgerald Delivers Inaugural Lecture at U.S. Embassy and IUSA' s Prominent Alumni Lecture Series
Minister Fitzgerald Delivers Inaugural Lecture at U.S. Embassy and IUSA' s Prominent Alumni Lecture Series
Published on 18 May 2012
Frances Fitzgerald TD., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today confirmed that the HSE is recruiting 57 social workers to fill recent vacancies across all care groups, including those as a result of retirements.
Published on 17 May 2012
Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has extended her congratulations to twenty-six year old Olympic hopeful Katie Taylor.The Irish boxer yesterday (Wednesday) qualified to represent Ireland in the London 2012 Olympics and is currently competing in the World AIBA World Women's Championship in Quinhunangdao, China.
Published on 17 May 2012
Frances Fitzgerald TD., Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has today attended the Anti-Bullying Forum, a joint initiative of the Minster for Education & Skills and the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs.
Published on 17 May 2012
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