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#Katherine Zappone

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 17 June, 2020

Zappone welcomes arrival of 8 young people from Greek refugee camp

The children will be received into the care of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 11 June, 2020

Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped?

A proposal to merge the Department of Children with the Department of Education is being considered.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 29 May, 2020

'Play-pods' of up to 12 children to be introduced in creches as they reopen from 29 June

These services will first be made available to children of essential workers and those experiencing poverty or welfare issues.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 14 May, 2020

Childcare for healthcare workers - how a promised scheme failed to materialse

The government announced that a childcare scheme for healthcare workers had to be scrapped.

'Shambolic': Government told to 'go back to the drawing board' over failed childcare scheme for healthcare workers

The scheme has been scrapped after just six providers had applied to take part.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 7 May, 2020

No insurance cover for childcare providers that take part in government scheme, warns broker

45 hours a week of childcare in the home will be provided to certain workers from 18 May.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

Healthcare workers to pay €90 for childcare each week under latest government plan

Trade union Fórsa has requested more information on what the plan entails.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 24 April, 2020

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 16 April, 2020

Childcare providers have until Tuesday to sign up to wage subsidy scheme

Wages of thousands of employees working in the childcare sector will be topped up to a maximum of €586 a week.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

Parents will not have to pay for childcare they are not receiving during Covid-19 crisis, says Taoiseach

The government is to pay a proportion of childcare staff costs during the closure period.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 24 February, 2020

'We were segregated in 'the reject ward'': Survivor describes experience of mixed-race children in mother and baby homes

An unpublished report has found that mixed-race children were routinely withheld for adoption and some children’s skin colour was listed as a “defect”.

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 15 December, 2019

Internal Tusla documents reveal staff complained of poor engagement from Scouting Ireland

Early drafts of a letter that caused a row between the agency and Scouting Ireland contained stronger criticism of the organisation than the final version.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Adopted people will not get automatic access to birth records over parent's right to privacy

Minister Zappone said she was “personally deeply disappointed” that a consensus could not be reached on the issue.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 27 September, 2019

The most expensive childcare is in Dublin, the cheapest is in Carlow

The average cost of full-time childcare in Ireland is €184 per week.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport

The Taoiseach says the Data Commissioner has declined to meet with Minister Doherty.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 11 September, 2019

It should be possible to collect Tuam survivor DNA samples before legislation, report says

Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s Report on the Collection of Tuam Survivors’ DNA has been published today.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 29 August, 2019

Childminders to face inspections, training and Garda vetting under new action plan

The new plan hopes to see thousands of childminders registered with Tusla.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 1 August, 2019

Department of Children doesn't know identity of 37 childcare facilities at 'critical' level of risk

The figure was revealed at an Oireachtas committee hearing yesterday morning.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 25 July, 2019

Tusla releases advice for parents as Zappone 'appalled' at treatment of children in creches Hyde And Seek This post contains videos

Tusla releases advice for parents as Zappone 'appalled' at treatment of children in creches

Children were filmed being roughly handled in the footage recorded by RTÉ Investigates, and concerns were raised about fire safety and other issues.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 10 July, 2019

'The kid who's helping others, is not the kid who's terrorising their neighbour'

Should it be compulsory for young people to volunteer for a year? There are pros and cons.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

'We're falling very far short': Citizens' Assembly on gender equality to start work in autumn

The assembly will begin its work in October this year.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 10 June, 2019

Zappone announces funding for 3,600 new childcare places

Funding will be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other childcare facilities.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 21 May, 2019

An extra €50 million is needed to ensure a place for all children on the National Childcare Scheme

Minister Katherine Zappone said it comes on the back of ‘decades of neglect’ in the area.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 3 May, 2019

Religious order that ran Tuam says it has no 'legal liability' to provide funding before mother and baby home commission ends

Bon Secours Sisters say a €2.5 million donation towards excavation and memorial will be their only contribution to the state.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 26 April, 2019

Domestic and sexual violence groups to get €1.5 million more in funding

The total amount of funding for 2019 has increased to €23.8 million.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 17 April, 2019

Bessborough nun claims she doesn't remember any child deaths - there were 31 during her time there

The commission said the affidavit from the congregation that ran the mother and baby home was “speculative, inaccurate and misleading”.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 16 April, 2019

A national memorial and health supports: Zappone offers new measures for survivors of Mother and Baby Homes

But the forum of former residents of these institutions that made recommendations are frustrated the government won’t publish its full report.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Religious order that ran Tuam says it was 'under supervision, direction and inspection' of Irish State

That’s according to a confidential letter to a government minister.

# katherine-zappone - Saturday 16 March, 2019

Mother and Baby Homes commission submits report on burial of those who died in institutions

The report has been submitted to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 11 March, 2019

'The compassionate thing to do': Lisa Smith will have right to return to Ireland as will her child, says Varadkar

Lisa Smith is reportedly being detained by the US armed forces based in northern Syria.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 1 March, 2019

What has this row between Scouting Ireland and Tusla been about?

Child safety expert Ian Elliott said that the organisation is “as safe as it can be and getting safer” – Tusla disagrees.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 27 February, 2019

Parents told to ensure no overnight Scouting Ireland trips go ahead without safe number of supervisors

Tusla says an ‘immediate review’ of the current standards around the supervision of children should be undertaken.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 13 February, 2019

Legality of collecting DNA samples from Tuam survivors to be examined

The first excavations at the site of the former Tuam mother and baby home was expected to start in the latter half of 2019.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 7 February, 2019

Government accused of delivering budget 'under false pretences' and knowing of children's hospital overrun

Pressure has been mounting on government all week about who knew what when about the hospital costs.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 22 January, 2019

Surveys to be carried out on burial grounds at Sean Ross Abbey in Tipperary

The Commission of Investigation will not be issuing its final report this year.

# katherine-zappone - Saturday 12 January, 2019

Six-month waitlist for counselling and confusion for those affected by adoption scandal despite promises Exclusive

The HSE told Tusla it hadn’t received any direction on this, despite the Department of Children believing it to be the case.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 10 January, 2019

Couples who were left in limbo after adoption agency shut down to get payments

Arc Adoption was licenced to facilitate intercountry adoptions from 2011-2014.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Zappone confirms over 200 alleged abusers now identified in Scouting Ireland probe

Minister Katherine Zappone said it’s likely the numbers could increase again.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 28 November, 2018

Scouting Ireland receives 80 phone calls from people identifying as victims

71 alleged abusers and 108 alleged victims were identified by the organisation last week following a historic review.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 26 November, 2018

DPP file to be prepared after Gardaí arrest man (70s) involved in scouting over alleged sexual offences

The man was arrested this morning in Co Cork by Gardaí and released this evening.

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