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16.11.2017 Urgent need for Radical Childcare Approach highlighted in EU findings“Accessible affordable quality childcare a goal worth fighting for”St

The need to continue the radical new approach to childcare has been highlighted by the latest EU findings showing Ireland continues to invest less than its neighbours, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine
Published on 16 November 2017
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13.11.2017 Minister Zappone Launches “Hub na nÓg

Young Voices in Decision Making.”Launch of innovative new National Centre for Excellence that will focus on including the voice of young people in decision making Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Published on 13 November 2017
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09.11.2017 Minister Zappone welcomes Report on the Provision of Foster Care in Ireland by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affair

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms. Katherine Zappone, T.D, today welcomed the publication of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs' report on the provision of foster care services in Ireland.Speaking today the Minister said, “I'm grateful to the Joint Oireachtas Committee for
Published on 09 November 2017
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07.11.2017 Parents, childcare providers and others with an interest in childcare are today being urged to submit evidence to inform the first stage o

Parents, childcare providers and others with an interest in childcare are today being urged to submit evidence to inform the first stage of the Independent
Published on 07 November 2017
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06.11.2017 'So, how was school today?' Ground Breaking Research Launched - Young people respond in their thousands to have their say about school -


Published on 06 November 2017
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01.11.2017 Gardaí studying with NY's Finest - Minister Zappone meets McCabe Scholarship Gardaí

Two Gardaí studying in New York under scholarships honouring murdered Limerick Detective Jerry McCabe briefed Children's Minister Katherine Zappone on their specialised studies during her child protection fact finding visit to the City.Gardaí Darren Coventry Howlett from Dublin and Mary Walsh from Mayo are studying side by side with NYPD and other law
Published on 01 November 2017
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31.10.2017 Eleven More Children from 'jungle' camp being assessed for new life in Ireland. Minister Zappone reaffirms Ireland's commitment to lone

Eleven lone children of the migrant crisis are undergoing assessment for an opportunity to restart their lives in Ireland, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has confirmed in
Published on 31 October 2017
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27.10.2017 €3.5m Programme Support Payment Announced for Early Years Services who sign up to the More Affordable Childcare measures

The Programme Support Payment (non-contact time payment) for administrative and non-face-to-face work with children was first introduced as a measure in Budget 2017. €14.5 million was paid to services in June 2017 and by the end of 2017 childcare providers will have received a total of approximately €18 million
Published on 27 October 2017
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30.10.2017 Minister Zappone begins child protection mission to NYC and UN

Special Victims Detectives, Child Protection Workers and Health Professionals to share experiences Monday 30th October 2017A fact finding mission led by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, to meet detectives of New Yorks Special Victims Division, Child Protection and Medical teams as well as legal services will begin today (Monday 30th November 2017).Minister Zappone will today meet the NYC
Published on 27 October 2017
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23.10.2017 Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, on receiving the Report of the Expert Technical Group appo

Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs announced today (23 October 2017) that she has received the report of the Expert Technical Group dealing with the site of the former Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co. Galway. The Minister
Published on 23 October 2017
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17.10.2017 Minister Zappone signs the Commencement Order for the Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today signed the Commencement Order to give effect to the provisions in the Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017.Minister Zappone said “I am very pleased to have signed the Commencement Order for the Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017. Adoption is a hugely significant event in the life
Published on 17 October 2017
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16.10.2017 Budget 2018 - Minister Zappone announces additional Youth Funding of €1.5m

Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced additional funding of €1.5m to support the provision of youth services throughout the country, bringing the overall investment by her Department in funding to both national and local youth work services to €58.9m.This additional funding will be utilised to support the establishment of new youth projects
Published on 16 October 2017
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10.10.2017 Budget 2018 Minister Zappone announces a €73m package

•    Over €40m increase in Tusla fundingo    Extra money for mandatory reporting, family resource centres, out of hours supportso    Financial base secured with 5.7% increase over 2017•    Full second year of ECCE free pre-school introducedo    7% increase in capitation for Early Years provider so    Enhanced quality measures for
Published on 10 October 2017
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10.10.2017 DCYA Budget Detail 2018 Vote 40 Adobe PDF format document

Published on 10 October 2017
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02.10.2017 Sonraí fógartha ag an Aire Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige le haghaidh tosú le gach foráil atá fágtha san Acht um Thús Áite do Leanaí 2015 Ráitea

Tar éis beagnach dhá bhliain d'ullmhúcháin, inniu d'fhógair an
Published on 02 October 2017
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02.10.2017 Date announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs for the commencement of all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2

Minister Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced that following almost two years of preparations all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015 will be commenced on 11th December 2017.  These include
Published on 02 October 2017
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29.09.2017 Independent Review of the Cost of Delivering Quality Childcare Starts - 86% of eligible childcare providers now offering extra supports -

A key milestone in the on-going reformation of childcare in Ireland was marked today with sign off for work to commence on the Independent Review of the Cost of Delivering Quality Childcare by Minister Katherine Zappone. The Independent Review will be carried out
Published on 29 September 2017
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25.09.2017 Cuirfear maoiniú de €6.35m ar fáil do ghrúpaí óige pobail chun trealamh a cheannach – “Is féidir le níos mó ná 1,700 grúpaí óige cur

Cuirfear maoiniú de €6.35m ar fáil do ghrúpaí óige pobail chun trealamh a cheannach – “Is féidir le níos mó ná 1,700 grúpaí óige cur isteach ó inniu”Ráiteas ón Aire Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige, Dr Katherine ZapponeDé Luain 25ú Meán Fómhair 2017Tá níos mó ná 1,700 grúpaí
Published on 25 September 2017
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25.09.2017 €6.35m in Funding to Purchase Equipment Will be Made Available for Community Youth groups

More than 1,700 community youth groups are set to benefit from a €6.35m equipment fund launched today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.
Published on 25 September 2017
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01.09.2017 Tús le Tacaíochtaí Chúram Leanaí sa Bhreis

Tá fáil anois ag suas go dtí 70,000 leanbh agus a dteaghlaigh ar thacaíochtaíTá 75% de sheirbhísí incháilithe tar éis clárú agus an uimhir sin ag méadú i gcónaíDéanfar monatóireacht ar chostais chúram leanaí agus iad faoi réir Athbhreithnithe
Published on 01 September 2017
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