Family Resource Centres receive €2.1 million in additional funding

Family Resource Centres around the country are receiving an additional €2.120 million in funding to fund small works and the upgrading of equipment. The ‘one-off’ funding is being provided through Tusla – Child and Family Agency and according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone shows that support for such centres […]

Universal Children’s Day – A Day To Celebrate Childhood

Organisations working directly with children have come together with Ireland’s leading children’s rights institutions, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Tusla to celebrate Universal Children’s Day on Monday 20th November. Individuals and organisations across the country are encouraged to get involved on this special day of celebration for children. Visit www.childrensday.ie to find out about events taking place […]

Providers Say Government’s New Child Care Scheme An Unworkable Shambles – ,” Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, to immediately engage her department with those child care providers who have identified significant blocks in implementing the new Affordable Child Care Scheme. Deputy McGrath was speaking after being contacted by deeply concerned parents who had just found out that their Tusla […]

Tusla To Remove 40 Year Age Gap Rule For Foster Parents – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the decision of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to remove any reference to a controversial 40 year age gap requirement between potential foster parents and any child they wish to receive into their care. Deputy McGrath was speaking after Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone confirmed […]

Tipperary grandparents left in turmoil by Tusla heartlessness – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to demand immediate clarification from Tusla, The Child and Family Agency surrounding the forced removal of a young child from its Tipperary grandparents on the basis of their age. Deputy McGrath went on to say that the grandparents have been left traumatised […]

Children From Tipperary Tell Us What They’d Do If Taoiseach For A Day…

As Ireland counts down to General Election 2016 Barnardos has asked children living in Tipperary what they would do if they were Taoiseach for a day. June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy, Barnardos, said, “While children do not vote, they make up nearly a quarter of our population and are directly affected by Government policies and […]

TUSLA Are Abandoning Foster Children To Homelessness

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has joined with The Irish Network of Foster Carers (INFC) to express his concern around the decision by the Child and Family Agency TUSLA to proceed with a new child after care policy which will, according to INFC, increase the displacement of vulnerable young adults into homeless services.  Deputy McGrath was […]