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#Katherine Zappone

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 11 February, 2018

Much-delayed IT system to see Affordable Childcare Scheme launch pushed back to 2019 - at least

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has declined to provide an estimate as to when the ACS, originally slated for September 2017, will be able to officially launch.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 30 January, 2018

Abortion referendum proposed for May, but 12-week law goes too far for Coveney

During the four-hour long special meeting on the issue there was division on the question of unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 24 January, 2018

'This is a time for political courage not political cowardice' - Zappone calls for leadership on the Eighth

Zappone made reference to those, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who have not spoken.

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 14 January, 2018

'Laughable', 'a joke', 'cynical', 'opportunistic' - Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis

The introduction of a universal subsidy for childcare in September saw many creches across the country raise their fees at the same time.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 4 January, 2018

New national survey to examine sexual harassment in workplace

The last SAVI report, which was commissioned 16 years ago, is to be updated.

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 17 December, 2017

Clarity sought from BAI after reports Zappone pulled from show over referendum fears

The Sunday Independent reported today that an invitation for Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone to appear on Tv3 show The Restaurant next year had been withdrawn.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 12 December, 2017

Report sets out five options of what could happen at Tuam

The report said it would be particularly difficult to identify “commingled remains” and the remains of children under two.

# katherine-zappone - Saturday 9 December, 2017

Young people want better sex education, gender-neutral toilets and LGBTI history taught in schools

Young people who took part in the consultation want to see the normalisation of ‘non-traditional relationships’.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 6 December, 2017

Mother and baby homes: It will be difficult to 'establish facts' on burial records say investigators

The commission has asked for an year extension to its deadline to publish its full findings.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 9 November, 2017

Minister Zappone to raise Irish women's vaginal mesh complications with Simon Harris

Concerns about procedures using these devices have been raised in recent months amid international scrutiny and hundreds of law suits.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 2 November, 2017

35 US-born children adopted by Irish families

The adoptions have taken place in the last four years.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 26 October, 2017

Taoiseach asks ministers to examine if Irish statistics on sexual violence need updating

There have been calls for the SAVI report, commissioned 15 years ago, to be updated.

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 22 October, 2017

'I'm anxious that every bit of evidence gets out there, just in case it's a carbon copy of Tuam'

Catherine Corless is calling for a full investigation into a former Sisters of Mercy orphanage in Galway.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 19 October, 2017

Nearly 20,000 reports of suspected child abuse were made to Tusla last year

This represents a 5% increase from 2015 figures.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 7 September, 2017

Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Children’s Minister calls for repeal of Eighth Amendment and Theresa May snubs the European parliament – it’s the Evening Fix.

Children's Minister says Irish women will never have autonomy until the Eighth is repealed

Minister Katherine Zappone is making a speech at the opening of the Kennedy Summer School.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 4 September, 2017

What's the point of having a childcare subsidy if under-pressure creches are just going to raise fees?

Many creches across Ireland are increasing their fees in parallel with the introduction of a new €20 weekly subsidy aimed at easing the financial burden on parents.

# katherine-zappone - Saturday 2 September, 2017

Emotional damage to homeless children should be examined by Children's Ombudsman

New figures show there were 2,423 children in emergency accommodation in the Dublin at the end of July.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 1 September, 2017

Teenagers leaving State care now legally entitled to aftercare plan

The scheme, which starts today, will ensure a young person remains supported in the years after they leave the system.

Minister says growing number of homeless children is a 'wake-up call' for government

There are now 2,423 children in emergency accommodation in Dublin.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 25 August, 2017

'It was never going to be easy': Zappone defends childcare scheme after criticism

The new scheme is being rolled out for the first time this year.

# katherine-zappone - Saturday 5 August, 2017

€4 million to be spent giving 6,200 packs of sensory toys to crèches across the country

Minister Katherine Zappone has set aside €4 million for the project, which is being put out to tender.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 4 August, 2017

Childcare payments may differ from county to county after creche fee audit

The review will take 10 months to complete and will inform Minister Katherine Zappone’s future budget decisions.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 1 August, 2017

Good news for families: Over 5,000 extra childcare places to be created

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he hopes to expand the subsidy scheme to more families in the future.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 17 July, 2017

Five times more children sign up to childcare schemes aimed at less well-off families

The highest sign-up rate for childcare services was in Roscommon, Donegal, Sligo, Kerry, Galway, Carlow and Leitrim.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 14 July, 2017

Children can now be adopted by their foster carers after 18 months

The Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 has passed its final stages in Dáil Éireann.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 10 July, 2017

Homeless families will now receive free childcare during the summer months

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone also announced expanded free childcare for refugees today.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 7 July, 2017

The 'mixing of remains' will make it very difficult to identify babies at Tuam site

“There are currently no known comparative sites, nationally or internationally,” said the Department of Children in a statement.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 6 July, 2017

Call for reports into Oberstown youth detention centre to be published

Last August saw a massive fire at the facility after young offenders climbed on the roof to protest.

# katherine-zappone - Saturday 24 June, 2017

One in five young LGBT people say they still face bullying and harassment

The survey of over 4,000 members of the young LGBT community was part of a national State strategy.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

'Ann Louise would be proud' - Zappone receives Seal of Office after death of her wife

Ann Louise Gilligan died last week following a short illness.

# katherine-zappone - Saturday 17 June, 2017

This new scheme will keep the most prolific young offenders at home and out of Oberstown

Oberstown homes the most prolific young offenders in Ireland, but this new scheme wants to keep them in their community.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 16 June, 2017

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 15 June, 2017

'Ireland has lost a fierce and dedicated campaigner': Tributes pour in for Ann Louise Gilligan RIP This post contains videos

'Ireland has lost a fierce and dedicated campaigner': Tributes pour in for Ann Louise Gilligan

Dr Gilligan’s wife Katherine Zappone said she is “heartbroken”.

# katherine-zappone - Saturday 10 June, 2017

'They're extremely loyal. Even though they've grown up with neglect they just want to go home'

Guardians ad litem are appointed by the courts to give children a voice, but that task is by no means an easy one.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 8 June, 2017

Varadkar willing to consider 'different approach' to secure Ibrahim Halawa's freedom

Halawa has spent almost four years in jail without trial.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 7 June, 2017

Micheál Martin says he has no reason not to trust Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is into a week of meetings as he drums up support ahead of next week’s vote to become the next Taoiseach.

'You weren't allowed touch your own baby - your own flesh and blood'

Survivors of the Magdalene Laundries gathered outside the Dáil yesterday calling for a truth commission into ALL homes around the country.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 6 June, 2017

Column: 'Quality childcare costs and we need well paid early educators to make it happen'

Goodwill alone will not pay the people building and delivering this scheme on the ground, writes Teresa Heeney.

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 4 June, 2017

Planning childcare for the autumn? You may qualify for these subsidies

A new universal subsidy comes into force from September.

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