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Fitzgerald, Frances

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Youth Services Provision

Was asked: if Dublin Vocational Education Committee is administering the youth grant for the entire country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: regarding Student Universal Support Ireland grants to students, the reason that it was deemed necessary to give the authority to Dublin VEC to distribute Student Universal Support Ireland grants to...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 538 and 546 together.More Button

In 2012, €39,712,927 will be distributed by my Department to 477 youth projects throughout the country. The allocations are distributed to the youth projects through 39 administering agencies/bo...More Button

My Department is examining the scope for streamlining tasks associated with the financial management of funding for projects to achieve greater efficiency in the administration of funding. From ...More Button

It is envisaged that the successful streamlining of the administration of the funding for the youth projects will deliver benefits in terms of saving on the administration costs incurred under t...More Button

Every effort is being made by my Department to ensure that, in the administration of the funding allocations in the present challenging budgetary situation, the focus is maintained on the provisi...More Button

Psychological Services

Was asked: the reason community psychology services are being moved from the Health Service Executive to the proposed Child and Family Support Agency; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Government has given approval to the drafting of a Bill to establish the Child and Family Support Agency. Work on the preparation of the legislation is proceeding as a priority and the intenti...More Button

The Government's consideration of these matters was informed, inter alia, by the content and recommendations of the Report of the Task Force on the Child and Family Support Agency which I publish...More Button

Arising from the Government's consideration and decision with regard to the functions of the new Agency it has been agreed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of He...More Button

I recently met with representatives from the Heads of the Psychology Services Ireland and with a delegation from the IMPACT trade union to discuss issues relating to the future governance and org...More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Was asked: if the Family Support Agency or any under agency under her remit provides funding to ensure that lower income families may avail of services such as psychotherapy and counselling; the level of fund...More Button

The Family Support Agency (FSA) provides funding to support the work of voluntary and community organisations in the provision of marriage, relationship, child and bereavement counselling services....More Button

Some 600 organisations are funded by the Family Support Agency each year, including 28 major organisations that have been identified for multi-annual funding. The Family Support Agency is provid...More Button

Youth Enterprise Initiatives

Was asked: if she has considered the report by Indecon for the National Youth Council of Ireland on the Economic Assessment of the Value of Youth Work; if she will ensure that the findings are taken into acco...More Button

Was asked: if she has discussed the findings of the National Youth Council of Ireland Economic Assessment of the Value of Youth Work report with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in the context ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 541 and 542 together.More Button

I welcome the recent publication of the Economic Assessment of the Value of Youth Work carried out by Indecon on behalf of the National Youth Council of Ireland. The report illustrates the bread...More Button

In 2012, funding of €56.806m has been provided by my Department to support the delivery of youth services and programmes through the different schemes which include the Youth Service Grant Scheme...More Button

These funding schemes support national and local youth work provision and involve 1,400 paid staff and some 40,000 volunteers in 477 youth projects around the country. The National Youth Council...More Button

My Department is working on the determination of the funding allocations for 2013 for youth services and organisations. Having regard to the substantial savings requirements identified in the Co...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the proposal in the submission by her Department to the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure in November 2011 to impose cuts of 10% in 2013 in the following funding schemes, s...More Button

The Youth Affairs Unit of my Department supports the delivery of a range of youth work programmes and services for all young people, including those from disadvantaged communities, by the voluntary...More Button

Funding of €56.806m has been provided to my Department to support the provision of youth services in 2012. Some 477 projects and youth services throughout the country receive support under the s...More Button

My Department is working on the funding allocation for youth services in 2013. Having regard to the savings requirements identified in the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure my Department is se...More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding in each of the following schemes; special projects for youth, young people’s and facilities fund round 1 and 2, youth service grant, local drugs task force projects and the yo...More Button

The Youth Affairs Unit of my Department supports the delivery of a range of youth work programmes and services for all young people, including those from disadvantaged communities, by the voluntary...More Button

  Question No. 546 answered with Question No. 538.More Button

National Youth Work Advisory Committee

Was asked: when she will appoint the National Youth Work Advisory Committee; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In line with the Youth Work Act 2001, invitations have been sought for the appointment of a new National Youth Work Advisory Committee (NYWAC). The Committee comprises 32 members representing volu...More Button

Youth Services Funding

Was asked: the amount the youth grant has been for the past three years; the total sum of money involved; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Youth Affairs Unit of my Department supports the delivery of a range of youth work programmes and services for all young people, including those from disadvantaged communities, by the voluntary...More Button

Child Care Services Provision

Was asked: the number of persons employed in the child care sector and the percentage of persons with varying levels of professional qualifications; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Nearly all pre-school services in the State are now participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme, which provides a free pre-school year to all eligible children in the y...More Button

Pobal, which administers the childcare support programmes on behalf of my Department, compiles an Annual Survey of providers which provides information in relation to the childcare sector. Accor...More Button

Some 2,920 respondents provided information on the level of training/qualifications of some 17,000 staff working with children. The results, which did not distinguish between those working with c...More Button

As the Deputy is aware my Department has commenced work on Ireland’s first-ever Early Years Strategy and in the terms of reference, as approved by Government, I expressly included the need to con...More Button

Departmental Strategies

Was asked: when she intends to publish the early year strategy; the level of consultation she has had with the relevant stakeholders; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is developing a new Children and Young People’s Policy Framework to cover the five year period from 2013 to 2017. It will build on Our Children - Their Lives, Ireland’s first children...More Button

The Early Years Strategy is under development and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2013 and published soon thereafter. This Strategy will cover a range of issues affecting childr...More Button

The results of a public consultation undertaken as part of the development of the Children and Young People’s Policy Framework is currently being analysed. It is also proposed that there will b...More Button

Consultancy Contracts Issues

Was asked: the cost to the State of experts (details supplied); the persons' salaries for the past five years; if she will outline in tabular form all those other experts who have been engaged by her Departme...More Button

My Department was formally established on the 2nd June 2011. Information is provided from that date for the named individuals.

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Inter-Country Adoptions

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 560 of 16 October 2012, if she will outline the anticipated timeframe for the adoption process to reopen; and the criteria applied to applications.More Button

The Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) has accredited ARC Adoptions Ltd. and Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency for activities in relation to facilitating adoptions from Vietnam. It is now o...More Button

Cross-Border Co-operation

Was asked: if he will outline projects with which her Department cooperates with the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in the North. More Button

There are no projects in which my Department cooperates directly with the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in the North. The ongoing North South work of my Department takes p...More Button

National Lottery Funding Applications

Was asked: the position regarding applications submitted for funding under the parent child home programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that the Deputy is referring specifically to an application for Lottery Funding from the Early Learning Initiative at the National College of Ireland. I can confirm that an application...More Button

HSE Staff Responsibilities

Was asked: if she will report on the number of posts for child and family social workers that have been filled in 2012; if she will confirm the number of child and family social workers working in County Galw...More Button

Figures supplied by the HSE indicate that the number of whole time equivalent (WTE) social workers employed in the children and families area was 1,300 at the end of July 2012. In advance of the e...More Button

The HSE has made considerable progress since the publication of the Ryan Report Implementation Plan in 2009 in the recruitment of additional social workers. Over 260 social workers have been rec...More Button


 

 

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