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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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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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