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24.04.2017 Zappone fights for more cash to combat poverty and improve young lives €4.5m confirmed for community projects for 2017 - Statement by

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is to fight for more money to fund community based projects combatting child poverty.Minister Katherine Zappone made the commitment as she confirmed €4.5m to secure the continuation of 13 Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programmes until the end of this year.The money
Published on 24 April 2017
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23.04.2017 Young voices forming National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy – a world first!Regional meetings announced as 3,000 take part in online consultation

Young people across the country are being invited to regional meetings to help form the world's first LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy. The road-trip is being confirmed as the numbers filling out an online consultation passes the 3,000 mark in just one week. Welcoming the figures, the Minister for Children and Youth
Published on 23 April 2017
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19.04.2017 Extra Support For Youth Work

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has announced €2m in funding to the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) to support their work with children and young people Funding is up 15% over last year's allocation.
Published on 19 April 2017
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18.04.2017 Funding of 1.1m announced for small local youth clubs"10% is recognition of the tremendous work being done in communities"Statem

A €1.17m fund has been announced for small local youth clubs by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone. The funding represents a 10% increase on last year and is aimed at small volunteer led organisations. Minister Zappone says up to 1,600 groups with over 90,000
Published on 18 April 2017
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18.04.2017 Childcare Scheme for Families who are homeless extended - Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone

An €8.25m scheme to provide free childcare to under 5-year olds living in emergency accommodation is being extended outside Dublin to nine other regions, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has confirmed.The Minister says Councils in Clare, Cork City, Cavan, Donegal, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Offaly, Wicklow have signed up to get
Published on 18 April 2017
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12.04.2017 Government announces plans for the delivery of more affordable childcare this September Highest levels of supports for families with the l

Wednesday 12th April, 2017Government has agreed its plan to make childcare more affordable from September using the additional €19m of childcare funding agreed in Budget 2017. Minister Katherine Zappone said:
Published on 12 April 2017
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11.04.2017 Commission on Mother and Baby Homes: Second Interim Report published today Health and well-being needs of Survivors and Former Resid

Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today (11 April 2017) published the Second Interim Report of the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes.The Minister thanked
Published on 11 April 2017
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05.04.2017 Scouts, Sports, Theatre benefit from €10.6m Youth Funding Funding for National Youth Groups announced Statement by Minister Katherine

Wednesday 5th April, 2017 Scouting organisations, Sports, the Arts and LGBT Youth are among groups to benefit from €10.6m in funding, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.Most organisation are enjoying an increase of at least 5% after the Minister secured extra funding in the Budget.Making the announcement
Published on 05 April 2017
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05.04.2017 Guardian ad litem arrangements Pre-legislative Scrutiny by the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Children and Youth Affairs - Opening stateme

5th April 2017I thank the Joint Committee and its Chairman, Deputy Daly, for providing me and officials of my Department with the opportunity to brief the Committee on the General Scheme of the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2017. I welcome the Committee's engagement and interest in the matter.The General Scheme
Published on 05 April 2017
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05.04.2017 Procurement for the provision of Services to Measure and Assess the Quality of Early Years Provision in Ireland

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, today announced that a request for tenders for the provision of services to measure and assess the quality of early years provision in Ireland will be issued later this evening.An assessment of the quality of early years provision in an Irish context was first recommended in the 2013 'Right from
Published on 05 April 2017
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04.04.2017 Dr Katherine Zappone, T.D., Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Barnardos Guardian ad Litem Service 20th Anniversary Conference Gett

**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY** Good afternoon, Chair, ladies and gentlemen. I'm delighted to be here this afternoon to address this Conference, which marks 25 years since the 1991
Published on 04 April 2017
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04.04.2017 Reform of Child Care Act to allow Children's voices to be heard “All children in child-care proceedings must have opportunity to access I

Statement by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. A full review of the child care act will ensure that children in crisis are given supports, protections and a voice in their future, according
Published on 04 April 2017
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30.03.2017 Zappone acts to end sentencing of children to adult facilities from Midnight - Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, D

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, has announced that with effect from Midnight tonight (Thurs 30th March), all young males under the age of 18 who are sentenced to a period of detention by the courts will be sent to Oberstown rather than to the adult prison system. Such young people
Published on 30 March 2017
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29.03.2017 Disability Protocol between Tusla and HSE and “Mary” review – Building on lessons learned in the provision of services for children in the

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, T.D., and Minister for Disabilities, Finian McGrath T.D. today welcomed the publication of the
Published on 29 March 2017
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24.03.2017 Minister Zappone announces 900 free places on the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Higher Education Programme

Applications will open this week for the second intake onto the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) higher education programme for early years practitioners which will commence this September.  LINC, which was established in 2016 , is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award designed to support inclusion of children with a disability in free
Published on 27 March 2017
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24.03.2017 Local Councils receive funding to promote young voices“Children and young people must have a say in local decision-making.”Statement by th

Dr. Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced the first payment under her Department's Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund 2017 to 31 Local Authorities. Under the Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund of
Published on 24 March 2017
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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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