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Press Releases 2019

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 01 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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02.01.2019 EU Youth Strategy Enters Into Force

Ireland is ready to meet commitments set out in the EU's new Youth Strategy which came into force on 1st January 2019, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. 

Published on 02 January 2019

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02.01.2019 Ireland joining international stand against sale of children, child pornography  and child prostitution

Minister Zappone says all legal requirements now in place  

Published on 02 January 2019

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