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Speeches 2018

23.07.2018 Opening remarks by Dr. Katherine Zappone, TD Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Tuam

Thank you all for coming this evening. I want to start by speaking to you about the decisions I now have to make, how I hope to make them, and why I am here this evening. 

Published on 23 July 2018

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19.04.2018 Topical Issues Debate – 19th April 2018 Speech by Dr Katherine Zappone TD Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the need for clarity to the withdrawal of funding from Scouting Ireland        

Published on 19 April 2018

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Childcare Support Bill 2017: Seanad – Second Stage Minister Zappone's Speech

I am pleased to have the opportunity to introduce the Childcare Support Bill 2017 to the Seanad.In March the Bill completed its passage through the Dáil, following positive and constructive engagement with Deputies.

Published on 18 April 2018

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28.03.2018 Remarks by Minister Katherine Zappone at Launch of Tusla's Corporate Plan 2018-2020 Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Kildare Street

I am really pleased to be here today at the launch of Tusla's Corporate plan 2018-2020.  This year Tusla begins its fifth year of operation.  In childcare parlance it has now moved from preschool to big school!  Big school is quite a transition – I made a similar move myself two years ago from being a

Published on 28 March 2018

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26.03.2018 “Pathway to a Quality Support and Assurance System for Childminding in Ireland” Minister Zappone – Speech at Launch of Report of the Worki

Minister Zappone will this evening welcome a Report of the Working Group on Reforms and Supports for the Childminding Sector at the Law Society in Dublin.The group, chaired by Bernadette Orbinski-Burke, CEO of Childminding Ireland, has produced a range of

Published on 26 March 2018

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12.03.2018 Eleven New Family Resource Centres Remarks by Minister Katherine Zappone Hill Street Family Resource Centre, Dublin 1**Check Against Deliv

Good Morning Everyone, It is very exciting to be back here at Hill Street Family Resource Centre – my second visit since my appointment as Minister. The energy here is absolutely incredible – and your work on childcare, education and local families has inspired me. After seeing at first hand the impact that this Family

Published on 12 March 2018

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07.03.18 Opening Statement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone T.D. at Select Committee on Children and Youth Affairs - Exa

I am very happy to be here today to discuss my Department's 2018 Estimate. As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I remain fully committed to ensuring the full delivery of this Government's Programme for Government

Published on 07 March 2018

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22.02.2018 Remarks by Minister Katherine Zappone AT Launch of UCD Gender Identity and Expression Policy Thursday, 22nd February 2018, UCD, Belfield

Introduction This is a significant moment in the advancement of Gender Identity and Trans Rights not just in UCD or in the education sector but in our country.We now have in one of our top colleges a Gender Identity and Expression Policy which goes beyond aspirations. It takes concrete steps which will positively impact on the everyday lives of students, staff,

Published on 22 February 2018

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21.02.2018 Opening Statement by Minister Zappone at Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs - Cyber Safety for Children and Young Ad

**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY**Cyber Safety for Children and Young AdultsJoint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs Opening Statement – Minister ZapponeWednesday 21st February, 2018I would like to thank the Chairman and members of this Committee for the interest that they have shown in this important topic. I believe the issue of safety for children engaging in online activity presents a very serious challenge. Protecting children from online abuse, bullying, grooming and sites

Published on 21 February 2018

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Dáil Statements on Mother and Baby Home - Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth

I welcome the opportunity to update the House on the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes (and certain Matters.)

Published on 13 February 2018

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31.01.2018 Childcare Support Bill 2017:Second Stage Minister's Speech**Check Against Delivery**

Childcare Support Bill 2017: Order for Second Stage Bill entitled an Act to provide for the establishment of a scheme to be known as the Affordable Childcare Scheme under which financial support may be made available to persons in respect of childcare out of resources allocated to the Minister for the purposes of the scheme and to provide for related matters.I am pleased to have

Published on 31 January 2018

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24.01.2018 Opening Statement by Minister Dr Katherine Zappone - Meeting of Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

I am very pleased to be here this morning to update the members of this committee on the progress made in the development of the Affordable Childcare Scheme and, importantly, on the success of the measures implemented by my department since September to improve access to affordable, quality childcare.

Published on 24 January 2018

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24.01.2018 Minister Zappone's opening statement in relation to Oberstown Children Detention Campus Joint Oireachtas Committee

I wish to thank the Chairman and members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs for the invitation to meet with you today in relation to the recent HIQA report following the March 2017 inspection of the Oberstown Children Detention Campus.  I am aware that you have

Published on 24 January 2018

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