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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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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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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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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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