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  An €8.25m scheme to provide free childcare to under 5-year olds living in emergency accommodation is being extended outside Dublin to nine other regions; Councils in Clare, Cork City, Cavan, Donegal, Kildare,Kilkenny, Leitrim, Offaly, Wicklow have signed up to get involved. Under the scheme each child is...

900 free places on the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Higher Education Programme Applications will open this week for the second intake onto the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) higher education programme for early years practitioners which will commence this September. LINC, which was...

Children and young people must have a say in local decision-making Dr. Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced the first payment under her Department’s Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund 2017 to 31 Local Authorities.Under the Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund of €680,000,...

Affordable Childcare Heads of Bill Scheme published Affordable quality childcare is another step closer as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone today (30th January 2017) published Heads of Bill and General Scheme to allow for a radical new approach. The Affordable Childcare Scheme aims...

Following the approval of a Government Memo on the definition of consent to a sexual act, Independent Minister Katherine Zappone has secured Government agreement to review the defence of honest belief that consent was given in rape cases. This is when an accused can and must...