Children & Youth Affairs

Dublin 4 Educate Together

I have been supporting the efforts of the Dublin 4 Educate Together start up group to get a new school set up in the Sandymount, Ringsend and Irishtown area. Demographics indicate that there will be a need for a new school by 2014 and it is crucial that local parents have as broad a choice as possible when deciding which school to send their children to. On Tuesday 23rd of October we had a very productive meeting with my constituency colleague Minister

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Saturday Vote on Children’s Referendum Good News for Students

The decision to hold the Children’s Referendum on Saturday 10th November is a welcome development and will mean the maximum number of citizens can take part. It allows students, those working in other parts of the country and those in shift work to partake fully in our democratic process. It also provides a wider choice as to when citizens can vote as many will be without the time constraints of the daily commute and work hours.   A Saturday

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Constitutional Referendum on Children

  The Programme for Government 2011 commits to holding a referendum to strengthen the protection of children in the Constitution. The Programme for Government states that the wording of the referendum will be along the lines of that proposed by the All Party Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children (JCCAC).   Since taking office, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has worked

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Launch of student Rent Book highlights need for deposit protection scheme

Thousands of students are beginning their search across Ireland for accommodation having accepted their college courses; and the launch yesterday of the student rent book highlights the need for a deposit protection scheme. I hope that by this time next year, along with the launching their Rent Book for new students, USI and the Private Rental Tenancies Board (PRTB) will also be informing them of how to use a statutory rental deposit protection scheme.

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