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Press Releases 2019

12.08.2019 Minister Zappone publishes Guardian Ad Litem Bill

Guardians ad litem (GALs) enhance the decision-making capacity of the court in child care proceedings by advising on a child's best interests and conveying the views of the child to the court. Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2019 to extend GAL system so that it benefits the greatest number of children and young people Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2019 will ensure the best interests of children...

Published on 12 August 2019

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01.08.2019 Statement by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA)  

Members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee yesterday acknowledged that the vast majority of early learning and care services in this country offer caring and nurturing services.

Published on 1 August 2019

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31.07.2019 Minister Zappone announces capital grant funding of €1.7m for youth projects/services and youth organisations throughout the country

Funding for 116 targeted staff-led youth projects/services and 20 national youth organisations across the country   31st July 2019 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, has today announced €1.7 million in capital grant funding for 116 targeted staff-led youth projects/services and 20 national youth organisations...

Published on 31 July 2019

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30.07.2019 Minister Zappone will strengthen child protection and quality requirements for early years services Additional regulations to increase Tusla's enforcement powers

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, will strengthen quality requirements for early years services. This reiterates her commitment made in First 5 (the Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families), to review the Regulations for early years services. ...

Published on 30 July 2019

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29.07.2019 Minister Zappone welcomes the appointment of Dr. Conor O'Mahony as Special Rapporteur on Child Protection

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, today announced the appointment by the Government of Dr. Conor O'Mahony as Special Rapporteur on Child Protection for a three-year term.

Published on 29 July 2019

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25.07.2019 Minister Zappone response to Prime Time investigation into crèche failings  

Minister Zappone response to Prime Time investigation into crèche failings  

Published on 25 July 2019

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23.07.2019 Minister Katherine Zappone announces new Chair of the Collaborative Forum for Former Residents of Mother and Baby related Institutions.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, has today announced the appointment of Dr. Gráinne Healy as the new Chair of the Collaborative Forum for Former Residents of Mother and Baby related Institutions. The appointment is for a period of 12 months. In announcing her appointment Minister...

Published on 23 July 2019

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15.07.2019 Investing in the Rights of the Child, Gender Equality and Climate Change focus of Irish Permanent Representation to UN. Minister Zappone to address UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)

Minister Zappone will address a panel meeting of the Ireland and Global Education Monitoring Report at Ireland's Permanent Mission to the UN. Minister Zappone will discuss the measures taken in Ireland to strengthen early-years education provision.

Published on 12 July 2019

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12.07.2019 Minister Zappone announces launch of LGBTI+ Capacity Building Initiative 

Friday 12th July 2019 Funding will be made available for the development and delivery of evidence-informed CDP initiatives specifically related to working with and supporting LGBTI+ young people.   Following the launch of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy during Pride 2018, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, is delighted to announce a continuation and extension of the...

Published on 12 July 2019

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01.07.2019 National Childcare Scheme - Statement

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, T.D., will update Government this week on the development of the new National Childcare Scheme.

Published on 1 July 2019

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28.06.2019 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to represent Government at World Pride with a delegation of Young People

New York City Pride and World Pride come together for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 to host the largest Pride celebration in the world. The Consulate of Ireland took part in New York City Pride Parade for the first time in 2018. The Consulate will participate in the Pride Parade again in 2019 with a full Irish Delegation...

Published on 28 June 2019

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20.06.2019 Minister Zappone launches Open Policy Debate on regulations and quality improvement frameworks for School Age Childcare

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs this morning launched an Open Policy Debate on the future development of regulations and a quality improvement framework for School Age Childcare in Ireland.

Published on 20 June 2019

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24.05.2019 Ireland is acting with renewed urgency to end Gender-Based Violence

Ireland pledges a further €500,000 to end Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises  

Published on 24 May 2019

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23.05.2019 Minister Zappone Welcomes Adoption of European Quality Framework for Early Learning and Care

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has welcomed the adoption by the EU's Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council of a Council Recommendation on High Quality Early Childhood Education and Care Systems

Published on 23 May 2019

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15.05.2019 LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Opening Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone.

Published on 15 May 2019

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13.05.2019 Minister Zappone launches Open Policy Debate on the Potential Introduction of Open or Semi-Open Adoption in Ireland.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs this morning launched an Open Policy Debate on the potential introduction of open or semi-open adoption in Ireland.

Published on 13 May 2019

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10.05.2019 Consultation launched on the introduction of Open or Semi-Open Adoption in Ireland 

Members of the public and stakeholders invited to complete online questionnaire by June 7th. An Open Policy Debate involving key stakeholders to be held by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on May 13th

Published on 10 May 2019

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07.05.2019 Over 800,000 children avail of first decade of free pre-school Annual budget jumps 172% since first roll out Steep rise in the school-starting age Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone

New figures show how the Government's free pre-school programme has transformed early learning for children over the past decade, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. The Minister says the programme is providing important...

Published on 7 May 2019

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29.04.2019 Minister Zappone announces €2.4m Youth Capital Funding for 2019

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced capital grant funding of €2.4m for youth clubs, targeted staff-led youth services and national youth organisations across the country to fund equipment and small capital projects.

Published on 29 April 2019

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25.04.2019 Frontline services to receive €25.3m package to combat  Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Funding represents increase of €1.5m Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone

Frontline services combating domestic, sexual and gender based violence are to receive funding of €23.8m to support their services this year, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Published on 25 April 2019

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17.04.2019 Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes: Fifth Interim Report

Minister Zappone publishes Commission's Fifth Interim Report Report focuses on the burial arrangements in the mother and baby institutions being investigated by the Commission Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD  

Published on 17 April 2019

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16.04.2019 Minister Zappone publishes Recommendations from Collaborative Forum for Former Residents of Mother and Baby Homes and Related Institutions.

Government outlines response to recommendations   Package of health and well-being supports to be developed

Published on 16 April 2019

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