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#Katherine Zappone

# 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 PSC

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 Nch

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.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 23 November, 2018

Tusla sets up helpline in wake of reports of 71 alleged abusers in Scouting Ireland review

It comes after Minister Katherine Zappone revealed the findings earlier this week.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Scouting Ireland review finds historical evidence of 71 alleged abusers

Most cases dated between the 1960s and 1980s, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 2 November, 2018

Katherine Zappone warned Tánaiste that using State funds for Pope visit 'undermined' work for LGTBI+ rights

An email released under the Freedom of Information Act shows how Zappone had ‘very serious’ concerns ahead of the visit.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 1 November, 2018

'Many still don't know where loved ones are buried': Irish abuse conference happening in Boston

Minister Katherine Zappone will deliver a keynote speech at the event which is exploring adoption and institutional abuses.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 30 October, 2018

New centre aims to ease trauma for children who have been sexually abused

The pilot programme will run in Galway in the new year.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 24 October, 2018

Government sought more money from Bon Secours Sisters for Tuam burial site excavation works

The religious order has pledged €2.5 million towards the works which will cost between €6-€13m.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

'Exceptionally important decision': Full forensic excavation of Tuam mother and baby home to take place

The Government has been offered €2.5 million by the Bon Secours Sisters, who ran the home, towards the excavation.

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 7 October, 2018

Scouting Ireland elects new board and votes for new governance structures

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said last month that Scouting Ireland funding was to be suspended.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 28 September, 2018

'How we did things in the past is no longer fit for purpose': Scouting Ireland responds to funding suspension

The group has said there is an appetite for change to its practices.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 27 September, 2018

State funding for Scouting Ireland suspended after chief scout reinstated

Funding will be suspended as long as the current Board of Directors remains in place.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 27 August, 2018

Zappone confirms she told pope about children's bodies in sewage system of Tuam home

After meeting Minister Zappone the Pope referenced the encounter in a speech.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 27 July, 2018

Trouble ahead? Independent minister undecided on Israeli goods trade ban bill

A division has emerged around the Cabinet table between Fine Gael members and independent ministers.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 26 July, 2018

'Putting our shameful past behind us': Mother and baby home forum meets for the first time

How to memorialise the past, as well as what health and well-being supports are needed for former residents will be discussed.

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