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20.03.2017 Building a new childcare system, €4m capital funding confirmed - Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katheri

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, has announced that €4m is being provided to improve childcare services. Minister Zappone says the funding will help put the infrastructure in place to support ambitious plans to turn Ireland's childcare system from one of the most expensive in the world
Published on 20 March 2017
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15.03.2017 Speaking Points for Minister Zappone - St Patrick's Day Reception co-hosted by the Consulate of Ireland, Boston and Irish Network Boston

Distinguished Guests, Friends of Ireland, a Chairde, It's my great pleasure to be in Boston, the capital of Irish America, this evening. As a Boston College alum, it is wonderful to be here at the home of the Red Sox surrounded by so many friends of Ireland celebrating St Patrick's Day and all things Irish. I am sure it is no
Published on 15 March 2017
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09.03.2017 Recovering Truth and Justice Remarks by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Dáil Statements on the Announcement

Ceann Comhairle, Deputies, Experience tells us it can take time to shine a light on dark periods of our history. The truth is hidden. Sometimes hidden in plain sight. It takes the brave
Published on 09 March 2017
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06.03.2017 €3m Euro to support School Age Childcare - Guidelines for use of Schools also confirmed at launch of Action Plan Joint Statement by M

On foot of commitments made in the Programme for a Partnership Government, and following a period of intensive collaboration and consultation, Ministers for Children & Youth Affairs and Education & Skills, Dr Katherine Zappone, T.D and Richard Bruton, T.D, are today publishing the Action Plan
Published on 06 March 2017
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06.03.2017 State of the Nation's Children report points to considerable improvements in key aspects of Irish children's lives, while also highlight

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has today published the State of the Nation's Children Report: Ireland 2016.  This is the sixth such report since 2006, and was compiled by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs with data contributions from a broad range of
Published on 06 March 2017
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03.03.2017 Minister Zappone makes statement on Excavations on site of former Mother and Baby Home Site, Tuam


Published on 03 March 2017
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01.03.2017 €22.1m Confirmed for Domestic Violence Services“ Extra €1.5m will go to frontline services, court supports and outreach to victi

Support services for victims of sexual, domestic and gender based violence are to receive €22.1m in funding for the current year, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.Funding
Published on 01 March 2017
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27.02.2017 €2.38m funding for South Inner City Youth Services Funding increases to be targeted at communities with youngest populations Remarks

Good afternoon Rialto, What a fantastic way to spend a Monday afternoon – visiting the young people of the South Inner City!It is an honour as Minister to join you to celebrate your work.Can I thank you for sharing with me – and everyone
Published on 27 February 2017
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21.02.2017 Children's Rights Card shows urgent need for Childcare Reforms“Access to Childcare vital to lift families out of poverty” - Statement by

The need to urgently progress the Government's radical new approach to childcare has been further highlighted by the Annual Report Card from the Children's Rights Alliance, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine
Published on 21 February 2017
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15.02.2017 Community Childcare supports extended“Year-round registration for centres caring for 25,000 children and special purpose fund introduced”S

Children, parents and community childcare services are to receive extra support with immediate effect, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The Minister has announced that:·    Community
Published on 15 February 2017
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08.02.2017 Expansion of childcare services for children with disabilities - Extra experts appointed to support children, parents and providers Oireac

A scheme to support children with disabilities to enter childcare is being expanded with the appointment of experts to support children, parents and providers, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The Minister will use Oireachtas Hearings today (Wednesday 8th
Published on 08 February 2017
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08.02.2017 CHILDCARE- Opening statement by Minister Zappone Meeting of Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, 8th February 2017

I am very pleased to meet the Committee this morning to discuss the Affordable Childcare Scheme, before we begin the process of drafting the legislation that will underpin the Scheme. Given the urgent need to address the high cost of childcare, and the requirement for this legislation to be in place before
Published on 08 February 2017
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05.02.2017 €5.1m to develop new services for children and disadvantaged young people - Development of ground breaking prevention services for co

Funding of €5.1m is being provided to develop new innovative services to care of children and disadvantaged young people, according to the Minister for Children and
Published on 05 February 2017
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30.01.2017 Young People and Brexit Opening Remarks by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine ZapponeCroke Park, Dublin#LetsTalkBre

Monday 30th January, 2017Good Morning Croke Park! Today – Ireland's young voices get to speak on one of the biggest issues of our time.We gather at Croke Park to Talk Brexit!I am delighted to see a generation which has grown up in peace -  and without a hard border on our island out in force.There is a reason that
Published on 30 January 2017
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30.01.2017 Minister Zappone publishes Heads of Bill on new Affordable Childcare Scheme

Affordable quality children is another step closer as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone today (27th January 2017) published Heads of Bill and General Scheme to allow for a radical new approach.The Affordable Childcare Scheme, which was announced as part of Budget 2017, aims to make childcare more accessible for families, by providing universal subsidies for all
Published on 30 January 2017
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26.01.2017 Launch of Hidden Struggles - Remarks by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Introduction Ladies and gentlemen, fellow campaigners, colleagues…The deliberate targeting of daughters, mothers and grand-mothers by warlords, traffickers and thugs in the current crisis is too often overlookedAs a campaigner, a feminist and the only independent woman in cabinet I welcome this important body of research.While your work is
Published on 26 January 2017
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24.01.2017 Contract awarded to youth organisations to give children and young people a stronger voice in decision-making

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced that Foróige, in partnership with Youth Work Ireland, has been awarded a three-year contract to provide children and young people's participation support services to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Announcing the awarding of the contract Minister Zappone
Published on 24 January 2017
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24.01.2017 Government clears way for Childcare legislation“Laws underpinning radical new approach to be prioritised - ”Statement by the Minister for

New childcare legislation will be drafted and prioritised following the go ahead of Cabinet today (Tuesday 24th January 2017), according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The legislation will underpin the radical new approach set out by
Published on 24 January 2017
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22.01.2017 Over 100,000 Children now in free childcare 95% of eligible children availing of scheme - Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone is confirming that the numbers in the free pre-school scheme has passed 100,000 for the first time.108,019 three and four year olds now head off to preschools, crèches or community services to join playmates and to be cared for on
Published on 22 January 2017
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12.01.2017 Bursary for certain childcare staff who have completed degrees in early childhood education and care (ECEC)

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, is delighted to announce that funding has been made available to provide a bursary to certain childcare staff who have completed degrees in early childhood education and care at their own expense.All early years services currently contracted with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to
Published on 12 January 2017
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