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Fitzgerald, Frances

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Social Partnership (Continued)

Deputy Martin should remember we had it from his party for 12 years.More Button

Family Support Services

Was asked: her views on a submission (details supplied) regarding family resource centres.More Button

Was asked: regarding the proposed new Child and Family Support Agency replacing the Family Support Agency, if she will ensure that the level of services and focus of the work of family resource centres will n...More Button

Was asked: her views on the need to maintain the position held by the family resource centre in the delivery of community based universal services and early intervention services and programmes; and if she wi...More Button

Was asked: further to the ring fencing of the budget of the family resource centre programme, her views on the cuts that have been imposed on resource centre programmes; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the ethos and the culture of the family resource centre programmes should be maintained (details supplied)More Button

Was asked: her views on whether the Family Resource Centre national forum should have representation within the new agency, in view of the fact that the National Forum has had effective and productive represe...More Button

Was asked: with regard to supporting the Family Resource Centre Programme, regardless of the make-up of the new Child and Family Support Agency, the level of service and if she will ensure that the focus of t...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 432, 434 and 440 to 444, inclusive, together.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 inten...More Button

The Family Support Agency, under my Department, operates the Family Resource Centre Programme. The aim of the Family Resource Centre Programme is to combat disadvantage and improve the functioni...More Button

It is my intention that the work of the new agency will include a particular focus on the provision of services that could help prevent problems arising for a family, that would identify problems...More Button

I can assure the Deputies that the focus of the new Agency will build on the excellent work undertaken by the Family Support Agency over the last decade. The additional issues raised by the Depu...More Button

Adoption Legislation

Was asked: the position regarding prospective adoptive parents who have obtained a guardianship order in the country of origin and are now seeking to have the guardianship order upgraded to an adoption order ...More Button

I am advised by the Adoption Authority of Ireland that under Section 68 of the Adoption Act, 2010, there is a requirement for the Adoption Authority (AAI) to issue an Article 17 Placement Approval ...More Button

  Question No. 434 answered with Question No. 432.More Button

Public Services Provision

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 237 of 4 December 2012, if she will provide a list of all new services across her Department that have been tested for external service delivery since March 20...More Button

My Department was established on the 2nd of June, 2011. Since then, no new services have been tested for external service delivery.More Button

Inter-Country Adoptions

Was asked: the average length of time for approval of persons seeking an intercountry adoption; the measures which have been taken to reduce this period and any other planned reforms to facilitate a faster pr...More Button

The HSE has advised that waiting times for intercountry adoption assessments for declarations of suitability and eligibility to adopt have reduced considerably across the country. According to the...More Button

A large number of declarations are currently valid and several hundred are issued by the Authority each year. The Adoption Authority has been proactive in developing relationships with its Hague...More Button

Adoption Records Provision

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fees being charged by a company (details supplied); if these fees have been approved by the relevant authority; the efforts she is making to contain and reduc...More Button

Issues relating to the level of fees charged by an accredited body (ARC) are a matter for the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) and are covered in some detail by the Adoption Act, 2010 (Accredite...More Button

Was asked: if she will provide an outline of the staffing resources in the Adoption Authority of Ireland in view of the efforts to establish administrative agreements with other countries for the purposes of ...More Button

The existing staff complement of the AAI is 25. Sanction has recently been provided for the recruitment of 4 additional staff and the Authority has begun the process of filling these posts. I am ...More Button

Questions Nos. 440 to 444, inclusive, answered with Question No. 432.More Button

Childcare Education and Training Scheme Expenditure

Was asked: if there are grants available for childcare providers to obtain a level seven or eight qualifications; the criteria to qualify for such grants; the institutions that provide these courses; the amou...More Button

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme was introduced in January 2010 with the objective of providing one free pre-school year for all eligible children prior to commencing primary...More Button

Childcare services participating in the ECCE programme are paid a standard capitation fee of €62.50 per week for each eligible child enrolled for the free pre-school year. Under the terms of the...More Button

In keeping with the Government's commitment to increasing standards in the pre-school sector, a higher capitation payment of €73 per week is available to childcare services in which all childcare...More Button

I have been successful in maintaining the ECCE programme as a free and universal programme despite the reduced funding available to my Department. Funding of €176 million is being made available...More Button