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06.11.2017 Speech by Dr Kathrine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs 'So, how was School today?' Report Launch Firhouse Community Coll

Good Morning Young Voices! What a turn out this morning here in Firhouse – and we are all here to listen to you.You have the ears of not one but two Government Ministers – and I am delighted to be joined by my colleague the Minister for Education and
Published on 06 November 2017
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02.10.2017 Launch of the revised Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children [2017]and a suite of related Tusla resou

** Check Against Delivery** Monday, 2nd October 2017Introduction:Good afternoon everybody, and thank you for being here at this very important launch.  We are launching the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, 2017 which has
Published on 02 October 2017
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27.09.2017 Youth Work Changes Lives National Showcase, Dublin. Remarks by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone

I believe young voices should be the loudest when we are deciding the future of our nation.Today you are making your voices heard. I can think of no better place for our young people to engage with politicians than here in the historic Mansion House – the birthplace of modern Irish democracy.
Published on 27 September 2017
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27.09.2017 Launch of the Report on an Indicator Set for Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures Dr Fergal Lynch, Secretary General Department of Children a

You are all very welcome here this afternoon to the launch of the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures (BOBF) indicator set.  I am delighted to launch the report on behalf of Minister Zappone, who I know is very disappointed not to be here this afternoon.
Published on 27 September 2017
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04.09.2017 Supporting Children, Young People and Families in the Midlands

Speech by Minister Katherine Zappone, TD, Monsignor McCarthy Complex, Battery Heights, Athlone Thank You I am delighted to be here in Athlone today at the invitation of my close colleague, Minister Kevin Boxer Moran. Kevin invited me down to see at first hand the work going on with children and young people in Athlone and also the wider Midlands. It is also an opportunity for me to update you on the work carried
Published on 04 September 2017
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04.09.2017 VISIT TO GATEWAY YOUTH PROJECT, ATHLONE Speech by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone

Good Afternoon Athlone!I am delighted to be here in St Mary's Hall at the invitation of my close colleague Minister Kevin Boxer Moran.Meeting and engaging with young people is a huge part of my job and today I have come to hear your voices.I will therefor keep my remarks brief so we have more time to talk to each other and share views.Firstly let me
Published on 04 September 2017
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12.07.2017 Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs Opening remarks by Dr Katherine Zappone TD Minister for Children and Youth Affair

I welcome this opportunity to address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs on foster care services in Ireland.  I pay close attention to the work of this Committee, which is very relevant to the work of my Department.  I know that this Committee has
Published on 12 July 2017
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12.07.2017 Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs Update on Affordable Childcare - Opening remarks by Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Mini

I am very pleased to meet with the Committee this morning to provide an update on the measures, which are being put in place to make childcare more affordable for families from September and to outline the progress that has been made since we last met on 8 February in developing the Affordable Childcare
Published on 12 July 2017
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05.07.2017 Achieving Affordable Accessible Quality ChildcareRemarks by Minster for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, Dáil Éireann

***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY***INTRODUCTION Ceann Comhairle,The first big step to changing Irish childcare forever is now just eight weeks away.Up to 70,000 children will benefit from extra subsidies and supports – it will be an important moment.This is the first big practical step to changing one of the most expensive childcare
Published on 05 July 2017
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01.06.2017 Dail Statement on Mother and Baby Homes by Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Colleagues, three years ago this week, a brave local historian shared her research with a discerning and intuitive journalist.  A brave survivor was also willing to tell her story.  We all read, watched and listened as the shocking details unfolded of a mass grave in the grounds of the former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam Co. Galway. 
Published on 01 June 2017
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29.05.2017 Speech by Katherine Zappone T.D. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Oberstown Children Detention Campus Event – Building the Future

I would like to thank Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Chair of the Oberstown Board of Management for kindly inviting me to this important event and allowing me the opportunity to address you.  It is a valuable opportunity for a wide audience to hear first-hand about the many initiatives and programmes underway at Oberstown as the Campus
Published on 31 May 2017
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22.05.2017 Speech by Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Launch of 'Tusla's Child Protection and Welfare Strategy

Good morning everyone. I am pleased to be here today to launch Tusla's new Child Protection and Welfare Strategy. 
Published on 22 May 2017
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17.05.2017 Seanad Statements on the Second Interim Report of the Commission of investigation into Mother and Baby Homes Statement by Katherine Zappon

I welcome today's opportunity for statements on the Second Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters. Following a short first interim report last July, the Commission submitted its second interim report to me in
Published on 17 May 2017
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17.05.2017 Speech for Minister Zappone at Launch of Women's Aid Impact Report 2016

I would like to thank Margaret Martin, your Chief Executive, for the kind invitation to join you today. It is a privilege for me to be here to launch the Women's Aid Impact Report for 2016.  At the outset, I wish to say how vital your work, and that of the many volunteers, is in providing services to victims of domestic violence.Without your enormous contribution, and the contribution of all
Published on 17 May 2017
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03.05.2017 Dr. Katherine Zappone Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Adoption Authority of Ireland Conference

 Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016Dr. Katherine ZapponeMinister for Children and Youth AffairsAdoption Authority of Ireland ConferenceWednesday, May 3rd 2017IntroductionI am very pleased to be here at this Conference and I would like to thank the Adoption Authority of Ireland for organising it and for the Authority's continued commitment to promoting the highest standards in adoption. The range of seminars and conferences organised by the Authority and its active role in
Published on 03 May 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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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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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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03.03.2017 Statement by Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs - Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has informed me of an important development in relation to excavations it carried out in Tuam Co. Galway.  As we know, mother and baby homes came to public attention in the summer of 2014 following a series of disturbing
Published on 03 March 2017
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