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Press Releases 2018

11.10.2018 Dr Katherine Zappone TD, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has acknowledged the publication of the most recent report of the Disclosures Tribunal

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has acknowledged the publication of the most recent report of the Disclosures Tribunal   Thursday 11th October, 2018 In March 2017 Minister Zappone directed HIQA to undertake a statutory investigation into Tusla.  She believed that the poor handling by Tusla of information provided to it, arising from the Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe case indicated a possible serious risk to the health and welfare of children....

Published on 11 October 2018

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10.10.2018 Budget 2019 Minister Zappone announces a €127m package

Budget 2019 Minister Zappone announces a €127m package

Published on 10 October 2018

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09.10.2018 Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to HIQA report into Oberstown 2018

Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to HIQA report into Oberstown 2018 Tuesday 9th October, 2018 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, today welcomes the most recent inspection report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) into Oberstown Children Detention Campus (Oberstown). HIQA conducted a full inspection over five days, last March. The Minister said, “This report acknowledges that having undergone...

Published on 09 October 2018

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04.10.2018 Children and Young People Services Committees (CYPSC) Conference “ CYPSC: Enhancing Child and Youth Well Being”

Children and Young People Services Committees (CYPSC) Conference “ CYPSC: Enhancing Child and Youth Well Being”   Thursday, 4th October, 2018 Joint Press Release – DCYA & Tusla   Thursday 4th October, 2018 Today, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. opened the Children and Young people Services Committees (CYPSC) Conference “CYPSC:  Enhancing Child and Youth Well Being“ at the City West Hotel, Saggart, Co....

Published on 04 October 2018

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01.10.2018 Minister Zappone announces 128 capital grants for youth projects and organisations throughout the country

Minister Zappone announces 128 capital grants for youth projects and organisations throughout the country Monday 1st October 2018 Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced €1.74 million in grants for 128 targeted staff-led youth projects and services across the country to fund small capital projects.    The grants approved support purchases of equipment and small scale projects, including the upgrade of bathrooms and kitchens in...

Published on 01 October 2018

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27.09.2018 Remarks by Minister Zappone on recent developments at Scouting Ireland

"I have decided today that funding of Scouting Ireland will be suspended for as long as the current Board of Directors remains in place. I was very concerned to learn of recent events, particularly the vote taken at the Board meeting on Saturday 22nd September to reinstate Chief Scout Christy McCann as Chair of the forthcoming EGM on October 6th. I have since received...

Published on 27 September 2018

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05.09.2018 Minister Zappone announces supports for quality improvements in the childcare sector, including €1.2m First Aid training fund

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone today announced a range of measures to improve the quality of childcare delivered to children across the country in setting based services and with childminders.

Published on 04 September 2018

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31.08.2018 ICTU budget call on Childcare underlines need for more investment

ICTU budget call on Childcare underlines need for more investment Despite big steps Ireland still behind international norm Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Friday 31st August, 2018 The pre-budget goals set by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions for Childcare are welcome and underline the need for further action in Budget 2019, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. Welcoming the publication of the ICTU Pre-Budget Submission...

Published on 31 August 2018

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30.08.2018 Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone on Resignation of Mr Fred McBride, CEO Tusla

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., has been informed by the Board of Tusla of the resignation of Mr. Fred McBride, Chief Executive Officer of Tusla. It is understood that the Board considered Mr. McBride's letter at their meeting this morning and have, with regret, accepted his resignation with effect from 30th September 2018. Speaking on...

Published on 30 August 2018

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28.08.2018 €100K grant fund to kick-start World's First LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy

Groups working with young people in every part of country invited to apply for grants.    

Published on 28 August 2018

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27.08.2018 Minister Zappone's Remarks and Letter to Pope Francis at Áras an Uachtaráin

Minister Zappone's Remarks to Pope Francis at Áras an Uachtaráin Benvenuto Papa Francesco Io sono responsabile per la Tuam Mother and Baby Home. In questo posto sono stati trovati resti di bambini nel sistema fognario. Spero che la Chiesa faccia ammenda per il suo ruolo in questo vergognoso capitolo. È importante. Le scriverò tutto in dettaglio.   Welcome Pope Francis. I am responsible for the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. Children's remains...

Published on 27 August 2018

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19.08.2018 Childcare must remain a Budget priority Zappone response to Newstalk survey

Childcare must remain a Budget priority Zappone response to Newstalk survey “Transforming one of the most expensive childcare systems in the world into the best needs us to build further on 80% increase in Government investment” Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone     19th August 2018 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, today welcomed the publication of a Newstalk Radio survey of childcare costs in...

Published on 19 August 2018

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14.08.2018 Putting Ireland top of the class for school completion 

'Joined up Educational Welfare Services will deliver for children, young people and families' Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs,  Dr Katherine Zappone 

Published on 14 August 2018

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27.07.2018 More children receiving government funded childcare than ever before

Numbers availing of early years care and education schemes exceed 200,000 for the first time

Published on 26 July 2018

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09.07.2018 Minister Katherine Zappone addresses UN Security Council' Children in Armed Conflict'

Mr President, Thank you for convening today's debate on this extremely important subject.  

Published on 09 July 2018

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09.07.2018 Contract awarded to deliver IT system for the Affordable Childcare Scheme

Another major milestone achieved in the creation of a new scheme of entitlements for parents towards the cost of childcare. System reflects new frontier of innovative, joined-up and user-friendly public services. Monday 9th July, 2018The Minister today (6th July 2018) awarded a contract for the development of the IT system to support the introduction of the Affordable Childcare Scheme.  The contract has been awarded to

Published on 09 July 2018

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06.07.2018 Minister Zappone publishes the Consultation Report on the Options and Appropriate Courses of Action available to Government in relation to

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, has today (06/07/2018) published the report of the public consultation process on the options and appropriate courses of action available to Government in relation to the site of the former Mother and Baby

Published on 06 July 2018

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01.07.2018 Investment in play to transform young lives. €250,000 funding awarded to 26 Local Authorities on National Play Day 2018

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone T.D., today announced funding for children's play and recreation projects across Ireland.

Published on 29 June 2018

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27.06.2018 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs publishes the Interim and Final Reports of the Review Implementation Group of Oberstown Children D

The Board of Management at Oberstown Children Detention Campus commissioned independent reviews of 3 key areas at the Campus

Published on 27 June 2018

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11.06.2018 The Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 Statement by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone has announced today (Monday 11th June 2018) her next steps in progressing the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016.The Bill will create for the first time a statutory right for adopted persons and persons who have been the subject of an incorrect birth registration to birth

Published on 11 June 2018

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01.06.2018 Minister announces total of €6.87m in Capital funding to be awarded to providers of Early Years and School Age Childcare this summer

€6.87m in Capital funding to be awarded to childcare providers across the country More than 2,700 new childcare places to be created nationwide Funding for outdoor play and essential maintenance also awarded Friday 1st June, 2018The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., today announced a total of €6.87m in Capital

Published on 01 June 2018

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09.05.2018 Children's Rights Alliance Panel Discussion on the National Early Years Strategy Remarks by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Kathe

It is fitting that we gather today as campaigners who are passionate about children and their rights.Our gathering is both relevant and timely – coming as it does as Ministers and officials across Government are working hard to deliver our first ever National Early Years Strategy.My

Published on 09 May 2018

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04.05.2018 Minister Zappone commences public information campaign seeking expressions of interest to participate in a Collaborative Forumof former re

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, T.D., today announced the commencement of a campaign seeking expressions of interest to participate in a Collaborative Forum of former residents of Mother and Baby Homes and those with comparable experience in a

Published on 04 May 2018

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02.05.2018 Appointment of John Cunningham as Chair of Gaisce – The President's Award

Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today announced the appointment of Mr. John Cunningham as the new Chair of the Council of Gaisce – The President's Award for a three-year term.

Published on 02 May 2018

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01.05.2018 Government confirms invitation to UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. and the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., today confirmed that the Irish Government has issued an invitation to Mr. Fabian Salvioli, the UN Special

Published on 01 May 2018

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23.04.2018 7 days left to apply to €2m Fund to support young people. 'Time to think anew to break cycle of disadvantage' Statement by the Mini

Monday, 23rd April 2018The €2m Innovation Fund launched by The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD on Wednesday the 4th April 2018 seeking 'ground-breaking and new proposals' to support disadvantaged young people has generated significant interest and

Published on 23 April 2018

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20.04.2018 Scéim Chistiú Caipitil don Aos Óg 2018

€2m á fhógairt ag an Aire Zappone Dé hAoine 20ú hAibreán, 2018

Published on 20 April 2018

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20.04.2018 Minister Zappone announces €2m Youth Capital Funding Scheme 2018

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced a €2m capital grant scheme for targeted staff-led youth projects and services across the country to fund small capital projects.

Published on 20 April 2018

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10.04.2018 Minister Zappone appoints Ms. Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance,as Chairperson to the National Advisory Counc

Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today announced the appointment of Ms. Tanya Ward as the new Chairperson of the National Advisory Council.Ms. Ward who is the Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance has been appointed  for a term of office from 4th April, 2018 to 31st

Published on 10 April 2018

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09.04.2018 Childcare providers urged to take part in Costs Review. Vital to keep to keep to timelines for Budget talks. Final Week to Complete online

Childcare providers are today being reminded to participate in an online survey as part of the Independent Review of Costs of Providing Quality Childcare.The Review, which is being undertaken by Crowe Horwath on behalf of the Department of Children and

Published on 09 April 2018

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