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Press Releases 2019

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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16.03.2019 Minister Zappone Welcomes Positive Response to the National Childcare Scheme

he Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today welcomed the news of the overwhelmingly positive response to the new National Childcare Scheme, the pathway to quality, affordable, accessible Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare.

Published on 15 March 2019

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01.03.2019 Increased funding for local youth clubs confirmed “€2m to be distributed to small volunteer clubs”  Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone

    Friday 1st March 2019 Minister Zappone has announced an increase of 12% in funding for the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme for 2019.  The increased funding will bring the overall allocation for the scheme to over €2m and will provide small volunteer-led youth clubs with greater capacity to reach more young...

Published on 1 March 2019

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27.02.2019 Scouting Ireland Update by Minister Katherine Zappone

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has this evening (27th Feb 2019) published a letter from Tusla, the Child and Family Agency to Scouting Ireland. 

Published on 27 February 2019

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26.02.2019 Progress in Childcare, Child protection and LGBTI Rights all recognised in Children's Report Card 2019. Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone welcomes the acknowledgement of significant progress made in Childcare, Child Protection and LGBTI Rights policy in the 2019 Report Card by the Children's Rights Alliance.

Published on 26 February 2019

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25.02.2019 Applications open today (25th February) for €6m in Childcare Capital funding.  Funding for creation of extra places and fire safety.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone is announcing the opening of applications for the 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes starting today, Monday 25th February. 

Published on 25 February 2019

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13.02.2019 Terms set for examination of DNA options at Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Minister Zappone sympathetic to request from survivors network    

The Terms of Reference and timeline have been set for an examination of legal options regarding DNA sampling in connection with the former Mother and Baby Home at Tuam.

Published on 13 February 2019

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22.01.2019 Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Fourth Interim Report Government approves an extension of time to bring certainty to the timeframe for completion of the Commission's work.

New timeline does not delay the programme of action on the Tuam site Detailed interim report on burials to be submitted in March 2019. Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD

Published on 22 January 2019

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