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#Katherine Zappone

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 7 September, 2017

Children's Minister says Irish women will never have autonomy until the Eighth is repealed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

Children's Minister says Irish women will never have autonomy until the Eighth is repealed

Sep 7th 2017, 7:36 PM 15,970 Views 275 Comments

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?
# Robbing Peter
# Robbing Peter

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

Sep 4th 2017, 12:05 AM 19,712 Views 47 Comments

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
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

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

Sep 2nd 2017, 6:15 AM 5,159 Views 21 Comments

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
# Age Of 18
# Age Of 18

Teenagers leaving State care now legally entitled to aftercare plan

Sep 1st 2017, 12:16 PM 7,762 Views 15 Comments

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
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

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

Sep 1st 2017, 10:48 AM 8,133 Views 83 Comments

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
# Katherine Zappone
# Katherine Zappone

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

Aug 25th 2017, 1:00 PM 14,302 Views 37 Comments

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
# Free Toys
# Free Toys

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

Aug 5th 2017, 6:00 AM 11,403 Views 18 Comments

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
# Childcare
# Childcare

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

Aug 4th 2017, 6:10 AM 13,311 Views 5 Comments

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
# Parenting
# Parenting

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

Aug 1st 2017, 4:35 PM 21,983 Views 55 Comments

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
# Helping Hand
# Helping Hand

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

Jul 17th 2017, 10:00 AM 10,369 Views 16 Comments

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
# Adoption Bill
# Adoption Bill

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

Jul 14th 2017, 1:10 PM 31,104 Views 21 Comments

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
# Easing The Burden
# Easing The Burden

Homeless families will now receive free childcare during the summer months

Jul 10th 2017, 5:29 PM 14,312 Views 77 Comments

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
# Mother And Baby Home
# Mother And Baby Home

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

Jul 7th 2017, 8:41 PM 9,916 Views 29 Comments

“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
# Katherine Zappone
# Katherine Zappone

Call for reports into Oberstown youth detention centre to be published

Jul 6th 2017, 6:10 AM 5,315 Views 4 Comments

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
# Survey
# Survey

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

Jun 24th 2017, 6:15 AM 9,196 Views 61 Comments

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
# Seal Of Office
# Seal Of Office

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

Jun 21st 2017, 2:04 PM 18,587 Views 9 Comments

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
# Fresh Start
# Fresh Start

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

Jun 17th 2017, 9:30 PM 21,802 Views 31 Comments

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

'An extraordinary person and a beautiful woman': Community turns out to pay respects to Ann Louise Gilligan
# True Champion
# True Champion

'An extraordinary person and a beautiful woman': Community turns out to pay respects to Ann Louise Gilligan

Jun 16th 2017, 4:39 PM 33,368 Views 16 Comments

Gilligan died following a short illness yesterday.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 15 June, 2017

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

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

Jun 15th 2017, 2:20 PM 137,497 Views 69 Comments

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'
# Children In Care
# Children In Care

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

Jun 10th 2017, 6:30 AM 14,649 Views 5 Comments

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
# Egypt
# Egypt

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

Jun 8th 2017, 5:01 PM 22,048 Views 172 Comments

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 For Leader
# Leo For Leader

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

Jun 7th 2017, 5:56 PM 11,833 Views 68 Comments

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'
# Truth And Justice
# Truth And Justice

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

Jun 7th 2017, 6:15 AM 20,826 Views 21 Comments

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'
# Affordable Childcare Scheme
# Affordable Childcare Scheme

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

Jun 6th 2017, 6:30 AM 217 Views 13 Comments

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
# Parenting
# Parenting

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

Jun 4th 2017, 7:00 PM 21,639 Views 6 Comments

A new universal subsidy comes into force from September.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 2 June, 2017

Children in Dublin's north inner city want violence and drugs off their streets
# Speaking Out
# Speaking Out

Children in Dublin's north inner city want violence and drugs off their streets

Jun 2nd 2017, 7:00 AM 10,003 Views 14 Comments

As the Kinahen-Hutch feud claims another life, a report written by children calls for more gardaí and the end to violence.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 1 June, 2017

'Today is about Tuam': Catherine Corless commends Zappone for appointing experts to investigate burial site
# Mass Graves
# Mass Graves

'Today is about Tuam': Catherine Corless commends Zappone for appointing experts to investigate burial site

Jun 1st 2017, 5:30 PM 13,990 Views 50 Comments

We need a “comprehensive understanding into the truth of what happened in our country,” Zappone said.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

Two young people remain missing after absconding from Oberstown campus
# Oberstown
# Oberstown

Two young people remain missing after absconding from Oberstown campus

May 30th 2017, 10:06 AM 18,777 Views 19 Comments

Three residents had taken over an office on the campus.

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 21 May, 2017

Over half of 16 and 17-year-olds in State care have no aftercare worker
# State Care
# State Care

Over half of 16 and 17-year-olds in State care have no aftercare worker

May 21st 2017, 7:30 AM 5,957 Views 4 Comments

An aftercare worker is assigned to teenagers in State care as they approach the age of 18.

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 14 May, 2017

'At the very least, Budget 2018 must match last year's childcare funds in order to deliver'
# Column
# Column

'At the very least, Budget 2018 must match last year's childcare funds in order to deliver'

May 14th 2017, 5:30 PM 726 Views 25 Comments

As Budget preparations begin, Minister Zappone says she will be arguing for more money come October.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

Children's Minister says she believed Joan Burton was in 'great danger' during protest, court hears
# Jobstown Trial
# Jobstown Trial

Children's Minister says she believed Joan Burton was in 'great danger' during protest, court hears

May 9th 2017, 6:41 PM 8,485 Views 0 Comments

Minister Katherine Zappone said she called 999 as she ‘didn’t see too many gardai’.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 12 April, 2017

Thousands of families to lose out on money for childcare as Revenue can't give data to government
# Computer Says No
# Computer Says No

Thousands of families to lose out on money for childcare as Revenue can't give data to government

Apr 12th 2017, 4:52 PM 28,945 Views 73 Comments

Revenue is not yet in a position to share information with the relevant department.

'Immoral and repulsive': Fury at Zappone's refusal for redress for mother and baby home survivors
# Shameful Decision
# Shameful Decision

'Immoral and repulsive': Fury at Zappone's refusal for redress for mother and baby home survivors

Apr 12th 2017, 2:08 PM 16,362 Views 53 Comments

The Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors called it a “shameful decision”.

Ireland is the first country to carry out a national LGBT youth strategy
# Your Views
# Your Views

Ireland is the first country to carry out a national LGBT youth strategy

Apr 12th 2017, 6:30 AM 22,048 Views 123 Comments

Minister Katherine Zappone is launching an online consultation today.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 10 April, 2017

'Urgent action is needed': Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home
# Tuam
# Tuam

'Urgent action is needed': Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home

Apr 10th 2017, 6:10 AM 21,360 Views 38 Comments

The Commission into Mother and Baby Homes wrote to Minister Katherine Zappone before the ‘very shocking’ news broke.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Woman with intellectual disabilties left in foster home for two years after claims of sexual abuse
# FOSTER CARE ABUSE
# FOSTER CARE ABUSE

Woman with intellectual disabilties left in foster home for two years after claims of sexual abuse

Mar 29th 2017, 7:00 AM 9,206 Views 5 Comments

Yesterday, Cabinet was informed about new disability protocols which will cost €7 million per year.

# katherine-zappone - Saturday 11 March, 2017

Gay army veterans WILL be allowed to march in Boston St Patrick's Day parade
# Outvets
# Outvets

Gay army veterans WILL be allowed to march in Boston St Patrick's Day parade

Mar 11th 2017, 9:42 AM 15,532 Views 134 Comments

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said yesterday she would not take part in the parade.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 10 March, 2017

Med schools 'conscious of distress' experienced by families of infants whose remains were sent to universities
# Anatomy
# Anatomy

Med schools 'conscious of distress' experienced by families of infants whose remains were sent to universities

Mar 10th 2017, 6:54 PM 14,571 Views 27 Comments

Some 474 unclaimed infant remains were transferred from mother and baby homes to universities from 1940 to 1965.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 9 March, 2017

Bill to change the penalty for an abortion to a €1 fine defeated by government
# Eighth Amendment
# Eighth Amendment

Bill to change the penalty for an abortion to a €1 fine defeated by government

Mar 9th 2017, 7:57 PM 19,136 Views 151 Comments

The government won the vote easily with a margin of over 50.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 7 March, 2017

Watch: 'We took their babies and gifted them, sold them, trafficked them and starved them'
# Tuam Babies
# Tuam Babies

Watch: 'We took their babies and gifted them, sold them, trafficked them and starved them'

Mar 7th 2017, 7:21 PM 23,677 Views 128 Comments

Minister Zappone has agreed to a small scoping exercise to assess if the mother and baby home investigation can be expanded.