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# minister for children

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# together for better
New funding model for childcare will freeze this year's fees at 2021 rates
Roderic O’Gorman said that Together for Better would benefit children, parents and workers.
# Adoption
Information and tracing services under Birth Act to begin from next month
On 3 October applications for birth records can be made to the Adoption Authority of Ireland and Tusla.
# baby on board
Pilot 'baby bundles' to be given to new parents
The bundles will be distributed to 500 newborns and their parents.
All time
# minister for children
O'Gorman, Taoiseach and AG 'at one' on prioritising legislation on adopted people's access to records
Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said that the legislation would have GDPR at the heart of it.
# minister for children
O'Gorman to seek investigation into leaking of Mother and Baby Home report
The Minister said that it was “always his intention” that survivors should hear the conclusions of the Commission’s report first.
Survivors said they were hurt and angry, but "not surprised" by the leak to a newspaper
Opposition TDs have decried "shocking" "insensitive" media leak
The Minister for Children is seeking an investigation into how details became public
Final report of Commission into Mother and Baby Homes to be published in January
Q&A: Why was the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes set up and what did it examine?
# debunked
Debunked: Three false claims about Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman
An image containing three misleading claims about the Green Party TD has been circulating online.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Minister for Children says 85% of creches to re-open after 'inaccurate' information provided to Dáil
Earlier, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar had told the Dáil that just 60% of childcare providers would be re-opening.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped?
A proposal to merge the Department of Children with the Department of Education is being considered.
# Childcare
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.
# Childcare
Zappone announces funding for 3,600 new childcare places
Funding will be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other childcare facilities.
Our systems are not working to prevent child sexual violence, even after it is reported
Of all reported cases of child sexual violence only 2% end in a conviction. Children whose disclosures don’t result in a criminal conviction still need protection, writes Dr Clíona Saidléar.
# Seal of Office
'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.
# gda
Here's why nutritional information on children's sweets is actually for adults
And it’s going to stay that way.
# plain packaging
There's now THREE tobacco giants threatening to sue the government
Philip Morris is threatening legal action.
# tuam babies
"It's so important to get this inquiry right"
Minister James Reilly hopes to bring the terms of reference to Cabinet in the near future.
# Inquiry
Exclusion of institutions from inquiry concerning to mother-and-baby groups
Groups representing mothers and their children question why some institutions may not be included.
# tuam babies
County homes ruled out of inquiry to prevent a "bottomless quagmire"
The Minister for Children said the investigation into mother-and-baby homes must have a time-limit and be cost-effective.
# 800 babies
Tusla given "sensitive, personal" records from three mother-and-baby homes
The information relates to the Tuam home, Bessborough in Cork, and St Patrick’s on the Navan Road in Dublin.
# Beauty pageants
No complaints about the sexualisation of children's clothes since new rules introduced
Since June 2012, just three complaints have been received by Retail Ireland.
# Background
New Children's Minister is 'eminently qualified' and 'vastly experienced' - but who is he?
He previously served as Fine Gael front bench spokesperson on Children and Justice.
# Creches
€3m childcare fund will leave 70% of providers 'out in the cold'
Early Childhood Ireland is proposing that a separate strand of funding is immediately ringfenced for private childcare providers.
# Frances Fitzgerald
Legislation published to place 'duty' on Child and Family Agency to provide aftercare
It follows a HSE report late last year that highlighted a number of incidents where young adults died after leaving statutory care.
# Child Abuse
19,044 referrals about child abuse concerns were received in 2012
Minister Frances Fitzgerald said figures for 2013 indicate will be similar to previous years.
# Children
Fitzgerald: We're still working towards second pre-school year
The Minister said that staff training needed to brought up to the required standards before the scheme could go ahead.
# Roma children
HSE child services chief to meet with Garda Commissioner on Roma cases
Gordon Jeyes will head up the HSE report on the two cases in Tallaght and Athlone, with the findings of the review to be handed over to the Children’s Ombudsman.
# Detention
Construction to begin on new juvenile detention facility in Oberstown
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald will turn sod on Monday at the site to mark the beginning of construction.
# Childcare
Tougher regulation of creches must be met with investment - Early Childhood Ireland
The Minister for Children today announced more stringent regulation of the creche sector, but a representative body for creches says that regulation without investment is meaningless.
# new findings
In full: Life as a 3-year-old Growing Up In Ireland
The latest findings of the large-scale Growing Up In Ireland study are out today. As well as detailing the health and wellbeing of 11,000 Irish three-year-olds, they also show the huge effect of the recession on Irish families.
# INspections
Minister to be quizzed on childcare concerns
Also attending the meeting will be the CEO of the Child and Family Support Agency and representatives from Early Childhood Ireland.
# Adoption
Children's Minister meeting with Russian officials over adoption agreement
Frances Fitzgerald said the discussions will allow her to explore the feasibility of an agreement on intercountry adoption.
# egg on your face
VIDEO, PHOTOS: Eamon Gilmore's car egged by protesters in Dublin
One man was arrested when the car carrying Eamon Gilmore and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald was forced to turn back after an Éirígí protest over cuts to child benefit.
Column: The children's referendum is a chance to put things right
By voting yes, we can prove that this generation has done more than any other to protect children who have been betrayed in the past, writes Aodhán Ó Riordáin.
# Handbags
Fine Gael TD slams Fianna Fáil counterpart for committee no-show….
… but was he supposed to be there?
Column: 'Free preschool has to be backed by strong political will'
Education and care go hand in hand, argues Irene Gunning, and the care of toddlers and preschoolers can’t be separated as two different processes.
# One Year In’s progress report for the Government: Children
One year ago, the government created a separate Department of Children for the first time – but has it lived up to its promises?
# Your Say
Poll: Should same-sex couples be allowed to adopt?
The government has said this week that it has no plans to allow same-sex couples to adopt but what do you think?
# missing children
ISPCC granted licence to run 116000 missing child hotline
The hotline number was reserved for over four years before ComReg received an application to operate it.
# families
What does the average family in Ireland look like?
The traditional model of a married couple making up a family is in decline, according to a major new study which looked at family structures in Ireland.
# Cyber Safety
Concerns raised over child safety and privacy online
A study commissioned by the ISPCC found that one-third of primary school children did not know how to keep their social network account private, while one in six secondary students had met someone in person after meeting them online.