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Press Releases 2015

17.12.2015 Reilly & Varadkar announce start date for smoking ban in cars where children are present Law comes into effect on New Year's Day 2016

Reilly & Varadkar announce start date for smoking ban in cars where children are present Law comes into effect on New Year's Day 2016Thursday 17th December, 2015Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar have announced that a ban on smoking in cars where children are present will come into effect on New Year's Day.The regulation was signed into law this week under the Protection of Children's Health (Tobacco Smoke in

Published on 17 December 2015

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16.12.15 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs welcomes Eighth Report of the Government appointedSpecial Rapporteur on Child Protection [2014]

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, T.D. has today welcomed the Eighth Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Dr. Geoffrey Shannon. The Report relates to developments in 2014.The functions of the Special Rapporteur are:•    to keep under review and to audit legal

Published on 16 December 2015

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11.12.2015 'End corporal punishment' as removal of defence takes effect

Minister Reilly signs commencement order for the removal of the defence of Reasonable ChastisementThe Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly T.D, has today signed the commencement order on the removal of the defence of 'Reasonable Chastisement' under section 28 of the Children First Act 2015. The move means that from tomorrow (Friday 11thDecember) a person who administers corporal punishment to

Published on 11 December 2015

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09.12.2015 Significant new funding to help quality expansion of the free pre-school programmeMinister Reilly announces a €1.5million 'Learner F

Children's Minister James Reilly has today announced funding of €1.5 million for the 'Learner Fund 4' to assist practitioners in Early Childhood Care and Education to upgrade their qualifications.Children benefit most

Published on 09 December 2015

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27.11.2015 Dáil na nÓg calls for second level students to be given a stronger voice in what happens in the classroom

Second level students need a stronger voice in what happens in the classroom, according to a vote at today's Dáil na nÓg, the country's national youth parliament.Some 200 delegates, aged 12-17, were elected to attend today's Dáil na

Published on 26 November 2015

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01.11.2015 Statement by Department of Children and Youth Affairs regarding the proposed closure of Arc Adoption Agency

Arc Adoption was accredited by the Adoption Authority of Ireland to provide adoption mediation services on February 8th 2011. Arc Adoption is a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital and operates on a “not-for-profit basis”.The Adoption Authority of Ireland advised the Department in mid-September that Arc Adoption would not be seeking

Published on 01 November 2015

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20.10.2015 Minister Reilly welcomes the publication of the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2015

Dr. James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today welcomes the publication of the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2015 which, among other things, will provide for a statutory right to an aftercare plan for eligible children and young people for the first time.Minister Reilly said:“I am delighted to have this Bill published and look forward to bringing it

Published on 21 October 2015

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13.10.2015 Minister Reilly announces significant funding increase for Tusla

Dr. James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced significant additional funding for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, in Budget 2016. Minister Reilly also announced increased funding for the youth sector.Minister Reilly said:“Building a strong and effective Child and Family Agency has been a high priority for me throughout my time as Minister for Children and Youth

Published on 13 October 2015

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13.10.2015 Increased tax on cigarettes will prevent children from becoming lured into a killer addiction - Reilly

Minister Reilly warmly welcomed the announcement that the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes will increase by 50 cent and a pro rata increase on all tobacco products.“World Health Organisation research shows that a 10% price increase leads to a reduction in demand for cigarettes by 4%. Children are more sensitive to price increases. Today's tax

Published on 13 October 2015

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08.10.2015 Minister publishes Ireland's first National Youth Strategy and announces a new Youth Employability Initiative for young people who are at

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly T.D., today publishes Ireland's first National Youth Strategy 2015-2020.  The event will take place in the Bluebell Youth and Community Project, Dublin 12.The National Youth Strategy 2015-2020 sets out Government's aim and

Published on 08 October 2015

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25.09.2015 Minister publishes reference list of qualifications for staff working in the Early Years childcare sector - Dr Reilly announces €500,

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly has today published a comprehensive list of qualifications for staff in the early years sector. This list will enable current and future employees in the early years sector to check at a glance whether their qualification is a

Published on 25 September 2015

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23.09.2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly has strongly welcomed the publication of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences)

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly has strongly welcomed the publication of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015. The wide-ranging Bill deals with a range of reforms of the law. Significantly, the Bill also contains significant measures aimed at protecting children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation.

Published on 23 September 2015

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01.09.2015 Minister Reilly requests review of the operation of 'single separation' policies across the range of children's residential care settin

Minister Reilly said “I am very concerned about the findings of HIQA's inspection report on single separation in the Special Care Unit at Ballydowd. I know that young people in special care units have experienced great difficulties in their lives and that this can spill over into extremely challenging behaviour,

Published on 01 September 2015

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30.07.2015 Minister Reilly announces almost €7 million in Capital Grant Funding for Early Years Services

Minister James Reilly has today announced that almost €7 million in capital funding has been allocated through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 2,415 grantees nationwide. €5 million of the grant funding was made available specifically for community/not for profit childcare services while the other €2 million was made available to both private

Published on 30 July 2015

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27.07.2015 Minister Reilly publishes Adoption Information and Tracing legislation

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. James Reilly has today published the General Scheme and Heads of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill. The bill was considered at Cabinet last Wednesday and the government has agreed to refer the bill to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children for pre-legislative scrutiny.The new legislation, which will provide a statutory basis for the

Published on 27 July 2015

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24.06.2015 Message to young people, from young people… “Let's go Mental” Indie Rock band, Olympic sailor and Love/Hate actor join Minister Reilly in

Wednesday, 24 June 2015Bus outside Leinster House and Science Gallery, Pearse Street, DublinLet's Go Mental is a major new nationwide campaign, designed by young people, to promote positive mental health amongst young people. The campaign will involve 31 separate events in every local

Published on 24 June 2015

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05.06.2015 Minister Reilly launches the second phase of Growing Up in Ireland, the National Longitudinal Study of Children, 2015-2019

Dr. James Reilly, T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, will officially launch Growing Up in Ireland: the National Longitudinal Study of Children, Phase 2, 2015-2019. Following Government approval and an open procurement process in 2014, Minister Reilly is delighted to confirm that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs will continue to fund and oversee this important Study over the period 2015 to 2019, in association with the Central Statistics Office and the Department of

Published on 05 June 2015

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26.05.2015 Launch of Consultation on Education-focused Inspections in Early Years Settings participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (E

The Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs today launched a public consultation on Education-focused Inspections in early years settings participating in the government's Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme. Key groups and individuals working in the early years sector were briefed on the consultation by senior officials from both departments at a meeting in Dublin today.

Published on 26 May 2015

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26.05.2015 School children imagine the future of Ireland beyond 2016 for Ministers Reilly and Humphreys

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, today met with a group of primary school children to hear their ideas on how the children of the 1916 Rising should be remembered next year and to hear their view on the future of Ireland beyond 2016. A series of children's consultation

Published on 26 May 2015

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21.05.2015 Minister Reilly announces awards under the DCYA Capital Grant Scheme for Play and Recreation 2015

Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today (Thursday 21st May 2015) announced that he has sanctioned payments of €250,000 for children's play and recreation projects across Ireland. 21 Local Authorities will benefit from funding for projects under the Capital Grant Scheme for Play and Recreation for new and innovative play and recreation projects and the improvement of existing facilities.

Published on 21 May 2015

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14.05.2015 Minister Reilly launches 'Better Start, the National Early Years Quality Development Service' initiative topromote and enhance quality o

Thursday 14 May 2015 Dr. James Reilly, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs officially launched 'Better Start, the National Early Years Quality Development Service', an initiative that aims to promote and enhance the quality of early childhood care and education.  Speaking at

Published on 14 May 2015

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12.05.2015 Minister Reilly announces capital grants for 16 youth projects and organisations throughout the country

Tuesday 12th May 2015 Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today (May 2015) announced the allocation of grants to to 16 youth projects across the country to fund small capital projects.  The aim of this capital funding scheme is to provide much needed assistance to youth projects to provide for health and safety improvements to premises or for the

Published on 12 May 2015

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01.05.2015 Minister Reilly extends the time for parents to give their views on Future Investment in Early Years and School-Age (After-School and Out-

Extension of the time frame for public consultation with parents and guardians 'Parents, have your say on the issue of childcare and early education' – Minister James Reilly

Published on 01 May 2015

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30.04.2015 Press statement by Dr. James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, regarding child protection issues in the Laois/Offaly are

Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs wishes to advise that Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, on Monday evening last, 27 April, notified his Department that it has identified evidence of significant risks in how referrals were managed

Published on 30 April 2015

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23.04.2015 'Have your say on the issue of childcare and early education' - Minister Reilly announces public consultation on Future Investment in Ea

'Have your say on the issue of childcare and early education' – Minister James Reilly. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly, T.D., is inviting submissions from interested parties, including parents and practitioners to inform the work of his recently established

Published on 23 April 2015

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13.04.2015 Minister Reilly publishes High Level Policy Statement on Supporting Parents and Families

Minister James Reilly today announced the publication by his Department of a national High Level Policy Statement on Parenting and Family Support.  Speaking at the announcement of details of the Child and Family Agency's Prevention, Participation and Family Support Programme in Dublin Castle, Minister Reilly stated that the Policy Statement, together with

Published on 13 April 2015

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30.03.2015 Oberstown to commence taking 17 year old males remanded in custody – Minister Reilly

Oberstown campus to take 17 year old males remanded in custody from Monday, 30 March 2015 Oberstown capital development project nearing completion Ending of practice of detaining children in adult prison facilities prioritised for 2015   The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, has announced that the Oberstown children detention school campus in Lusk, Co

Published on 30 March 2015

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19.03.2015 Dr James Reilly, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs was today the keynote speaker at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Heal

Thursday 19th March 2015 The conference is held once every three years and is the most important international gathering which consider the dangers of smoking to our health.Dr Reilly was invited to speak at the conference where he outlined the challenges involved in Ireland becoming only the second country in

Published on 19 March 2015

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03.02.2015 Ireland becomes only the second country in the world to pass standardised packaging legislation

In a move to protect citizens - especially children - from a killer addiction, the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill has now passed all stages in the Oireachtas.Ireland has become only the second country in the world – and the first in Europe – to pass standardised packaging legislation through its Parliament.Standardised packaging will remove all

Published on 03 March 2015

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19.02.2015 Minister Reilly announces the establishment of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, today announced that he has appointed three Commissioners to lead the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and certain related matters. The Minister confirmed the appointment of Judge Yvonne Murphy as Commission Chairperson, with international legal

Published on 19 February 2015

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