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Fitzgerald, Frances

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Departmental Reports

Was asked: if she has received the Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection for 2012; and if so when she will publish same.More Button

The Sixth Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection was received by my Department on the 1st of February this year. The report has been distributed to relevant Departments for observati...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if any of her Department’s 2012 capital expenditure allocation was used for current expenditure purposes last year, the amount used for this purpose; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The capital allocation made available to my Department in 2012 was not used for current expenditure purposes.More Button

Was asked: if she will provide the month by month profile for her Department's 2013 capital expendiuture;; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A sum of €25.760 million has been made available to my Department in 2013 to support capital developments. This includes:

  National Children Detention Facilities (Subhead ...More Button

Capital Expenditure Programme

Was asked: with regard to the proposed allocation of €2.75 million under the childcare capital funding programme, if applications will be considered from childcare facilities that have not previously received...More Button

I was successful in securing €2.75m in capital funding in Budget 2013, under the Childcare Capital Programme 2013, to support the ongoing improvement of the childcare sector. Community/not-for-pro...More Button

Inter-Country Adoptions

Was asked: if the Irish Adoption Authority will engage with its counterpart in the Philippines with a view to removing or increasing the recently applied limit on the number of Filipino children approved for ...More Button

The Republic of the Philippines is an independent sovereign state. As such it is a matter for the Filipino authorities to decide the manner in which they choose to implement the Hague Convention, i...More Button

Was asked: under the standardised framework for intercountry adoption assessments her understanding of the assessment process in relation to prospective adoptive parents in relation to their body mass index r...More Button

The decision to deem a person suitable and eligible to adopt is a matter for the Adoption Authority of Ireland and is taken under criteria outlined in Section 34 of the Adoption Act 2010. These cr...More Button

Youth Services Provision

Was asked: if he will give priority to addressing the shortfall in funding to a youth service (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Youth Affairs Unit of my Department provides a range of funding schemes, programmes and supports to the youth sector. Funding of some €53.173m is available in 2013 to support the provision of y...More Button

The Youth Service referred to by the Deputy administers a number of youth projects under the Special Projects for Youth Scheme and one Youth Information Centre on behalf of my Department. The all...More Button

The savings required under the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure in respect of 2013 across all schemes and projects for youth amounted to €5.393m. Having regard to the savings requirements iden...More Button

A comprehensive Value for Money and Policy Review of youth funding has been commenced in my Department and this report is expected later this year. It is anticipated that this report will inform...More Button

In addition my Department is developing a new youth policy framework for publication later this year. The new youth policy framework will aim to enhance the provision of youth services and activi...More Button

Was asked: if she will prioritise funding in respect of an application by a youth service (details supplied) in County Kerry for the development of a youth cafe; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Funding of up to €1 million is available in 2013 from my Department for fit-out, refurbishment works or building enhancement projects for the start-up of new Youth Cafés. One ...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the community run youth service for Cabra, Dublin, is being put at risk because her Department has not signed off on the funding allocation for 2013...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

My Department notified all grant administering agencies of the 2013 funding allocations on the 19 February last. However, in view of the reduction in funding in recent years due to the challengi...More Button

Cabra for Youth is in receipt of funding under the Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund (Rounds 1 and 2). Funding amounting to €213,364 has been allocated in 2013 and the organisation has ...More Button

Childcare Education and Training Scheme Administration

Was asked: the reason persons on the jobbridge schemes are treated differently from other persons on activation schemes and persons in receipt of social welfare for the purposes of the childcare subvention sc...More Button

The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme provides funding to community childcare not-for-profit services to enable them to charge reduced childcare rates to parents in receipt of social w...More Button

Parents qualify for support under the CCS programme on the basis of their social welfare entitlement. The JobBridge scheme, which is implemented by the Department of Social Protection, is a Nati...More Button

Participants in the JobBridge scheme do not, on the basis of participation in the scheme, automatically qualify for subvention under the CCS programme but qualify on the basis of their underlying...More Button

A parent entering the JobBridge scheme and having been in receipt of a social welfare payment that qualified them for the higher rate of subvention of €95 per week under the CCS programme would m...More Button

Missing Children

Was asked: in relation to the European Wide Missing Children's Hotline 116000, if the proposed move of the missing children's hotline from a pilot basis to a full time 24/7 operational basis will take place a...More Button

The 116000 Missing Children Hotline is operated by the ISPCC in liaison with a cross-sectoral Project Team, chaired by my Department.

  I am delighted to confirm that the phased ...More Button