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Press Releases 2017

21.12.2017 2018 Childcare Capital Programme to top €6.8m. 'Play areas, extra spaces and maintenance to be supported' - Applications to open in

Outdoor play areas, extra spaces and essential maintenance are to be supported by €6.8m in capital funding for childcare services in 2018, according to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. The Minister is also confirming that applications will open in February to ensure children of all

Published on 21 December 2017

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15.12.2017 Minister announces details of clubs awarded funding under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme. Almost 1600 community youth clubs and gro

Friday 15th December 2017The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone today announced details of the almost 1,600 youth projects and groups awarded grants under the €6.35m Local Youth Club Equipment

Published on 15 December 2017

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15.12.2017 Reviewing laws for children in crisis – Consultation begins'Laws to be updated to reflect a quarter of a century of change' - Statement

Friday 15th December, 2017The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is inviting written submissions in the context of reviewing the 1991 Child Care Act. This follows on from a Government commitment to “review, and if necessary, reform the Child Care Act 1991.”The

Published on 15 December 2017

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14.12.2017 Bille um Thacaíocht Chúram Leanaí foilsithe. Cuirfidh an Bille taca faoi Scéim Úr Chúram Leanaí Inacmhainne.Tugann an tAire Leanaí agus Gn

Tá an Bille um Thacaíocht Chúram Leanaí 2017 foilsithe agus rachaidh sé trí Thithe

Published on 14 December 2017

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14.12.2017 Childcare Support Bill published. Bill will underpin the new Affordable Childcare Scheme. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Kathe

The Childcare Support Bill 2017 has been published and will proceed through the Houses of the Oireachtas in the coming weeks. The bill is an essential element in development of the Affordable Childcare Scheme, which will

Published on 14 December 2017

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12.12.2017 Minister Zappone publishes Expert Technical Group Report on the site of the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home Public consultation will info

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today (12/12/17) published the Report of the Expert Technical Group (ETG) entitled Options and Appropriate Courses of Action available to Government at the site of the former Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway. 

Published on 12 December 2017

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11.12.2017 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs announces the commencement of all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015

Statement by Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs11th December, 2017Minister Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced the commencement of all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015.  These include the provisions in relation to mandatory reporting of child abuse and in relation to

Published on 11 December 2017

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09.12.2017 Sex education, gender-neutral toilets and more inclusive sports demanded by LGBTI+ Young People“Ground-breaking consultation must inform f

Calls for better sex-education, gender neutral toilets and more inclusive sports from a ground-breaking consultation of young people on LGBTI+ issues must lead to action, according to the Minister for Children

Published on 09 December 2017

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06.12.2017 Parents of Children with Disabilities to be consulted on proposed changes to 'overage exemption' in free pre-school programme

Planned changes to exemption paused to allow for full consultationStatement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Wednesday, 6th December 2017Parents of children with disabilities are to be consulted on plans to change current rules of the free pre-school programme, according to the Minister for Children and Youth

Published on 06 December 2017

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06.12.2017 Dáil na nÓg calls for 'Equality' in schools.

Achieving equality and fairness in schools is the top priority for young people according to a vote at today's Dáil na nÓg, the country's national youth parliament.

Published on 06 December 2017

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05.12.2107 Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes: Third Interim Report

Extension of time to ensure crucial questions are fully addressed New Collaborative Forum will give a strong voice to former residents UN Special Rapporteur to be invited to assist Ireland in responding to issues relating to Mother and Baby Homes Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TDTuesday 5th December, 2017The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has

Published on 05 December 2017

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04.12.2017 Capital 2018 Announcement

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is delighted to announce that there will be an Early Years and a School Age Childcare Capital Programme in 2018.  The purpose of this announcement is to alert childcare services about the upcoming programme and give time to prepare to apply for the grants.  Strands This year's programme call will consist of 5 Strands. -    Strand 1:  Expansion of an existing facility

Published on 04 December 2017

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24.11.2017 Family Resource Centres receive €2.1 million in additional funding

Communities across the country to benefit as grants must be used by Christmas 2017.Family Resource Centres around the country are receiving an additional €2.120 million in funding to fund small works and the upgrading of equipment. The 'one-off' funding is being provided through Tusla – Child and Family Agency and according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine

Published on 23 November 2017

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16.11.2017 Urgent need for Radical Childcare Approach highlighted in EU findings“Accessible affordable quality childcare a goal worth fighting for”St

The need to continue the radical new approach to childcare has been highlighted by the latest EU findings showing Ireland continues to invest less than its neighbours, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine

Published on 16 November 2017

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13.11.2017 Minister Zappone Launches “Hub na nÓg

Young Voices in Decision Making.”Launch of innovative new National Centre for Excellence that will focus on including the voice of young people in decision making Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Published on 13 November 2017

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09.11.2017 Minister Zappone welcomes Report on the Provision of Foster Care in Ireland by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affair

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms. Katherine Zappone, T.D, today welcomed the publication of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs' report on the provision of foster care services in Ireland.Speaking today the Minister said, “I'm grateful to the Joint Oireachtas Committee for

Published on 09 November 2017

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07.11.2017 Parents, childcare providers and others with an interest in childcare are today being urged to submit evidence to inform the first stage o

Parents, childcare providers and others with an interest in childcare are today being urged to submit evidence to inform the first stage of the Independent

Published on 07 November 2017

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01.11.2017 Gardaí studying with NY's Finest - Minister Zappone meets McCabe Scholarship Gardaí

Two Gardaí studying in New York under scholarships honouring murdered Limerick Detective Jerry McCabe briefed Children's Minister Katherine Zappone on their specialised studies during her child protection fact finding visit to the City.Gardaí Darren Coventry Howlett from Dublin and Mary Walsh from Mayo are studying side by side with NYPD and other law

Published on 01 November 2017

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31.10.2017 Eleven More Children from 'jungle' camp being assessed for new life in Ireland. Minister Zappone reaffirms Ireland's commitment to lone

Eleven lone children of the migrant crisis are undergoing assessment for an opportunity to restart their lives in Ireland, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has confirmed in

Published on 31 October 2017

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27.10.2017 €3.5m Programme Support Payment Announced for Early Years Services who sign up to the More Affordable Childcare measures

The Programme Support Payment (non-contact time payment) for administrative and non-face-to-face work with children was first introduced as a measure in Budget 2017. €14.5 million was paid to services in June 2017 and by the end of 2017 childcare providers will have received a total of approximately €18 million

Published on 27 October 2017

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30.10.2017 Minister Zappone begins child protection mission to NYC and UN

Special Victims Detectives, Child Protection Workers and Health Professionals to share experiences Monday 30th October 2017A fact finding mission led by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, to meet detectives of New Yorks Special Victims Division, Child Protection and Medical teams as well as legal services will begin today (Monday 30th November 2017).Minister Zappone will today meet the NYC

Published on 27 October 2017

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Minister Zappone's invitation for expressions of interest in relation to facilitated discussions for former mother and baby home residents - 6th Oct

Dear Sir/MadamIn June, I invited former residents of Mother and Baby Homes and their supporters to participate in a facilitated consultation process following the publication of the Second Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation.Over 100 people participated in the initial event reflecting the high level of interest in engaging with this

Published on 25 October 2017

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23.10.2017 Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, on receiving the Report of the Expert Technical Group appo

Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs announced today (23 October 2017) that she has received the report of the Expert Technical Group dealing with the site of the former Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway. The Minister

Published on 23 October 2017

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17.10.2017 Minister Zappone signs the Commencement Order for the Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today signed the Commencement Order to give effect to the provisions in the Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017.Minister Zappone said “I am very pleased to have signed the Commencement Order for the Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017. Adoption is a hugely significant event in the life

Published on 17 October 2017

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16.10.2017 Budget 2018 - Minister Zappone announces additional Youth Funding of €1.5m

Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced additional funding of €1.5m to support the provision of youth services throughout the country, bringing the overall investment by her Department in funding to both national and local youth work services to €58.9m.This additional funding will be utilised to support the establishment of new youth projects

Published on 16 October 2017

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10.10.2017 Budget 2018 Minister Zappone announces a €73m package

•    Over €40m increase in Tusla fundingo    Extra money for mandatory reporting, family resource centres, out of hours supportso    Financial base secured with 5.7% increase over 2017•    Full second year of ECCE free pre-school introducedo    7% increase in capitation for Early Years provider so    Enhanced quality measures for

Published on 10 October 2017

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02.10.2017 Date announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs for the commencement of all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2

Minister Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced that following almost two years of preparations all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015 will be commenced on 11th December 2017.  These include

Published on 02 October 2017

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29.09.2017 Independent Review of the Cost of Delivering Quality Childcare Starts - 86% of eligible childcare providers now offering extra supports -

A key milestone in the on-going reformation of childcare in Ireland was marked today with sign off for work to commence on the Independent Review of the Cost of Delivering Quality Childcare by Minister Katherine Zappone. The Independent Review will be carried out

Published on 29 September 2017

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25.09.2017 Cuirfear maoiniú de €6.35m ar fáil do ghrúpaí óige pobail chun trealamh a cheannach – “Is féidir le níos mó ná 1,700 grúpaí óige cur

Cuirfear maoiniú de €6.35m ar fáil do ghrúpaí óige pobail chun trealamh a cheannach – “Is féidir le níos mó ná 1,700 grúpaí óige cur isteach ó inniu”Ráiteas ón Aire Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige, Dr Katherine ZapponeDé Luain 25ú Meán Fómhair 2017Tá níos mó ná 1,700 grúpaí

Published on 25 September 2017

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01.09.2017 Tús le Tacaíochtaí Chúram Leanaí sa Bhreis

Tá fáil anois ag suas go dtí 70,000 leanbh agus a dteaghlaigh ar thacaíochtaíTá 75% de sheirbhísí incháilithe tar éis clárú agus an uimhir sin ag méadú i gcónaíDéanfar monatóireacht ar chostais chúram leanaí agus iad faoi réir Athbhreithnithe

Published on 01 September 2017

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01.09.2017 Extra Childcare Supports Begin - Up to 70,000 children and their families now have access to supports - Over 75% of eligible services sign

Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs,Dr Katherine Zappone. Extra childcare supports are now available for up to 70,000 children and their families. The start of supports today marks the first big step towards delivering

Published on 01 September 2017

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31.08.2017 Cearta sa bhreis faighte ag leanaí atá ag fágáil cúraim 500-600 leanbh i dteideal phleananna iarchúraim agus an saol aosach á thosú acu “A

Cearta sa bhreis faighte ag leanaí atá ag fágáil cúraim500-600 leanbh i dteideal phleananna iarchúraim agus an saol aosach á thosú acu“Acmhainní curtha ar fáil do dhaoine óga chun saoil neamhspleách a thosú”Déardaoin, 31ú Lúnasa 2017Ón lá amárach (Dé hAoine 1ú Meán Fómhair), beidh sé de cheart ag 500-600 leanbh plean

Published on 31 August 2017

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31.08.2017 Children leaving care receive extra rights, 500-600 children entitled to aftercare plans as they begin adult life “Resources in place to d

500-600 children leaving state care upon reaching the age of 18 will from tomorrow (Friday 1st September) have the right to an aftercare plan to identify any future supports they may require, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine

Published on 31 August 2017

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19.08.2017 Extra Childcare supports spark surge of interest from Parents and Providers

Parents can start registering with crèches, preschools and providers from MondayStatement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine ZapponeSATURDAY 18th AUGUST 2017Extra childcare supports starting in two weeks have sparked a surge of interest from parents, crèches and childcare providers, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Published on 18 August 2017

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17.08.2017 Minister Zappone announces €1.2m capital grants for 263 providers of School Age Childcare
Grants of up to €5000 to improve

Gants of up to €5000 to improve existing servicesResponse to consultation with children on afterschoolThursday 17th August, 2017The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, has announced funding of €1.2m (strand c) of the School Age Childcare Capital Scheme to improve existing school age childcare services. This follows the recent announcement of funding of €2.7m

Published on 17 August 2017

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11.08.2017 The theme of International Youth Day

on Saturday 12th August 2017 is 'Youth Building Peace'“Ireland continues to lead at the forefront of children and young people's participation in decision making”Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone Friday 11th August, 2017Joining in the celebrations of International Youth Day 2017, Minister Katherine Zappone said:“Ireland was the first country in Europe (and possibly the

Published on 11 August 2017

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