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Fitzgerald, Frances

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Child Care Services Provision

Was asked: if there are plans to close the Mol an Óige residential care home and outreach service for children and young persons in Letterkenny, County Donegal; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has sought the information requested by the Deputy from the HSE and I will provide the Deputy with the information as soon as it becomes available.More Button

Child Care Reports

Was asked: if she has considered the findings of the child law project report which indicates that children in County Donegal are ten times more likely to be put into State care; her views on the report; the ...More Button

Was asked: if she has considered the findings of the child law project report which indicates that children in County Donegal are ten times more likely to be put into State care; her views on the findings; th...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 357 and 358 together.More Button

The Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP) is an independent project established under Section 3 of the Child Care (Amendment) Act 2007, in accordance with the Regulations made under that Act,...More Button

- Provide information to the public on child care proceedings in the courts;More Button

- Conduct research on these proceedings in order to promote debate and inform policy-makers;More Button

- Make recommendations to address any short-comings in the child care system identified by the research;More Button

- Assist in the implementation of these recommendations;More Button

- Promote confidence in the child care system.More Button

The project pursues its aims and objectives by attending the courts where child care cases are heard in order to report on those proceedings while protecting the anonymity of the children and the...More Button

The project is in its early stages and it would be unwise to reach any firm conclusions based on the very limited information available at this stage. The CCLRP is scheduled to run for five years...More Button

I am not entirely clear as to the origin of the figures quoted by the Deputy. However I can confirm that Court Services statistics indicate that 2 Care Orders and 22 Interim Care Orders were gran...More Button

Inter-Country Adoptions

Was asked: if he will confirm for each of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the number of children adopted by State residents from each of Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States including Russia and from all for...More Button

The statistics on intercountry adoption registrations broken down by country are in the table. Registrations from Russia were as follows: 100 in 2009; 80 in 2010; 124 in 2011; and 49 in 2012.
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Departmental Properties

Was asked: if her Department and agencies under its aegis, who own or rent property in commercial developments are in compliance with their responsibilities under the Multi Unit Development Act 2011; if she w...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that the provisions of the Multi-Unit Development Act 2011 do not apply to any properties under the control of my Department or its agencies.More Button

Youth Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 199 of 25 April 2013, if she will investigate the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service funding.More Button

The overall budget for the youth sector in 2013 is €53.498 million. Within this total funding, €1.75 million has been provided for a new capital funding programme. This funding supports th...More Button

Foster Care Provision

Was asked: the progress made to date in relation to each of the actions set down in the Health Information and Quality Authority report, Inspection of the Health Service Executive Dublin North West Local Heal...More Button

HIQA undertakes inspection of foster care services against the National Standards for Foster Care, under Section 69 of the Child Care Act 1991. The purpose of foster care inspections is to review ...More Button

Foster care services in the HSE Dublin North West Area have been inspected by HIQA on three occasions since September 2009, most recently in October 2012. Progress was noted particularly in the ...More Button

The inspection also found that sufficient foster carers have not been recruited within the area. This has provided difficulties in making placements and matching children with particular needs w...More Button

Early Childhood Education

Was asked: if any exceptions may be made for a child (details supplied) in County Kildare whose parents wish to utilise the free pre-school year this year even though the child fall just outside the age limit...More Button

The ECCE programme provides a free preschool year to all eligible children. Approximately 68,000 children are availing of the ECCE programme in the current school year. Children are eligible to a...More Button

Adoption Records Protection

Was asked: in relation to the inter-country adoption costs, if she will request a copy of the report commissioned by the Adoption Authority of Ireland, in relation to a review of the fee schedule and costs be...More Button

Under the Adoption Act 2010, the accreditation of agencies providing adoption services is a matter for the Adoption Authority. The Authority is obliged to fully satisfy itself of the fitness of an...More Button

Capital Expenditure Programme Issues

Was asked: the position regarding childcare capital grant 2013 funding in respect of a group (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I was successful in securing €2.75m in capital funding in Budget 2013 to support the ongoing improvement of the childcare sector via the 2013 Childcare Capital Programme. This programme is being i...More Button

I understand that there has been significant interest in the programme, with almost 1,400 applications with a value of more than €6m submitted before the closing date.  Pobal has now commenced t...More Button