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Ministers Donnelly and Rabbitte announce €7.8m Sláintecare initiative to clear Assessment of Need backlog for children

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Disability Anne Rabbitte TD have today announced a new Sláintecare initiative clearing the backlog for children’s Assessment of Needs, and supporting the roll-out of Children’s...

Galway Minister of State throws hat into the ring to be new Minister for Agriculture

Fianna Fail’s Anne Rabbitte has expressed her interest in taking up the role of Minister for Agriculture following the resignation of the Mayo TD Darragh Calleary from the position following the Golfgate controversy. Minister Rabbitte says the new Minister for...

HSE to create a web portal for Disability Day Services

Minister of State with responsibility for Disabilities, Anne Rabbitte TD, today confirmed the additional supports in place for the reopening of disability day services from August. Minister Rabbitte held a meeting with the HSE on to discuss the progress being made to...

Lifeguard cover needs to be extended while schools remain off

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has said full-time lifeguards are needed in Galway during the month of June and has called for a review of the cover provided while schools remain off. Currently, lifeguard cover is provided at weekends in June and seven...

Any changes to TWSS should be expedited to address unfair treatment of women returning from maternity leave

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte TD has welcomed a commitment from the Minister for Finance that he will propose changes to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) to ensure the scheme treats women returning from maternity leave...

Alternative Plan For Frontline Workers’ Childcare Must Be Put In Place Immediately

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Anne Rabbitte, has called for an alternative childcare solution to be put in place for frontline workers’ following the news that a plan to provide temporary childcare in their homes has been cancelled. Deputy...

FF Calls For Debate On Independent Scouting Ireland Report

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte TD has called for a debate to be held in Dáil Éireann on today’s independent report into historical child abuse within the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland and Scouting Association of Ireland. Deputy...

Urgent Need For Legislation To End Discrimination In TWSS Which Blocks Women Returning From Maternity Leave

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte TD has said there is an urgent need for legislation to alter the new temporary wage support scheme from Revenue. PQs received by Deputy Anne Rabbitte confirm the temporary wage subsidy scheme...

Children Should Be Given Access To Their School Workbooks That Are Sitting Idle

Fianna Fáil spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Anne Rabbitte TD, has called on the Minister for Education to allow children access their workbooks that have been kept in their schools since March. As children across the country enter their ninth week of...

Impending Crèche Capacity Crisis Could Cause Chaos

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Anne Rabbitte TD, has warned of an impending capacity crisis that could hit the childcare sector in the coming months as the country reopens following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Speaking in the Dáil...