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# minister-for-children - 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.

# minister-for-children - 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.

# minister-for-children - Tuesday 2 April, 2019

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.

# minister-for-children - 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.

# minister-for-children - Friday 5 June, 2015

Here's why nutritional information on children's sweets is actually for adults Gda

# minister-for-children - Wednesday 11 March, 2015

There's now THREE tobacco giants threatening to sue the government

Philip Morris is threatening legal action.

# minister-for-children - Thursday 13 November, 2014

"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.

# minister-for-children - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

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.

# minister-for-children - Saturday 14 June, 2014

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.

# minister-for-children - Monday 9 June, 2014

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.

# minister-for-children - Saturday 17 May, 2014

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.

# minister-for-children - Thursday 8 May, 2014

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.

# minister-for-children - Saturday 5 April, 2014

€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.

# minister-for-children - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

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.

# minister-for-children - Friday 20 December, 2013

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.

# minister-for-children - Tuesday 17 December, 2013

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.

# minister-for-children - Thursday 24 October, 2013

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.

# minister-for-children - Saturday 12 October, 2013

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.

# minister-for-children - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

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.

# minister-for-children - Friday 20 September, 2013

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.

# minister-for-children - Tuesday 11 June, 2013

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.

# minister-for-children - Wednesday 20 February, 2013

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.

# minister-for-children - Friday 5 October, 2012

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.

# minister-for-children - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

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.

# minister-for-children - Thursday 26 July, 2012

Fine Gael TD slams Fianna Fáil counterpart for committee no-show….

… but was he supposed to be there?

# minister-for-children - Thursday 5 July, 2012

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

# minister-for-children - Friday 27 April, 2012

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.

# minister-for-children - Friday 9 March, 2012’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?

# minister-for-children - Friday 10 February, 2012

Poll: Should same-sex couples be allowed to adopt? Your Say This post contains a poll

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?

# minister-for-children - Wednesday 1 February, 2012

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.

# minister-for-children - Monday 12 December, 2011

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.

# minister-for-children - Wednesday 12 October, 2011

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.

# minister-for-children - Monday 26 September, 2011

Clerical abuse in Ireland tantamount to torture: report

A study into the Ferns, Murphy, Ryan and Cloyne child abuse reports criticises the lack of prosecution against child sexual and physical abusers and those who concealed that abuse.

# minister-for-children - Tuesday 30 August, 2011

HSE and gardaí investigate abuse allegations at Co Cork boarding school

The inquiries concern a Carraig na bhFearr boarding school run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

# minister-for-children - Tuesday 19 July, 2011

Daily Fix: Tuesday

In today’s Fix: Ireland’s first female Chief Justice is named; News International heads face questioning over alleged phone hacking; and the Rubberbandits take New York…

# minister-for-children - Thursday 7 July, 2011

Calls for research into sexualisation and commercialisation of Irish children

A recent report published in the UK said that retailers, broadcasters, the government and parents all had a part to play, and included a number of proposals.