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Children & Youth Affairs

KWETB get significant allocation for funding Kildare Youth Clubs

Fine Gael, Kildare South TD, Martin Heydon has encouraged local youth clubs to apply for grants under a new €1.17 million fund announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

“This year’s Local Youth Club Grant Scheme will see €102,624 allocated to the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) for […]

2017-04-25T13:05:40+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Children & Youth Affairs, Education|

Funding for Dedicated Youth Officer for Kildare Approved by Minister

Kildare South TD and Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Martin Heydon has welcomed confirmation from Minister for Children Katherine Zappone that she will sanction funding for a full time youth officer for Kildare.  This follows numerous representations from the Deputy following the Ministers visit to Kildare last year.

“I am delighted to received confirmation […]

2017-04-03T10:25:34+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Children & Youth Affairs, Press Release|

Fine Gael ensures that Budget 2017 helps hard pressed working families

Chair of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party and Kildare South TD, Martin Heydon, says Fine Gael has ensured that Budget 2017 will help hard pressed working families, with measures designed to protect the economy and improve people’s lives.

“Fine Gael is using Budget 2017 to protect the progress we have made and build a strong economy. […]

2016-10-23T07:19:57+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Children & Youth Affairs, Finance, Press Release|

Working parents in Kildare to benefit from expanded free preschool scheme

Fine Gael Kildare South TD Martin Heydon has today (Friday) said that the announcement by Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, of an expansion to the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme, (ECCE), will be of huge benefit to working parents in Co. Kildare.

“Thanks to a major expansion of the free preschool scheme known as the […]

2016-10-23T07:19:58+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Children & Youth Affairs|

Paid Paternity Leave to Apply for Babies born after Sept 1st


Fine Gael Kildare South TD Martin Heydon has today (Thursday) reminded prospective parents that new provision for paternity benefit will commence in respect of children born or adopted from today September 1st.”

“Paternity Benefit can now be claimed in respect of children born after September 1st. It will be paid at a rate of €230 a […]

2016-09-01T17:07:11+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Children & Youth Affairs, Press Release, Social Protection|

Need for New Secondary School discussed with Education Minister & Taoiseach

Fine Gael Kildare South TD Martin Heydon has today (Thursday) said that he was pleased to be able to bring members of a campaign group fighting for a new secondary school for South Kildare to Leinster House this week to meet with Education Minister Richard Bruton.

“Members of South Kildare Educate Together (“SKET”) came to Dublin […]

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone opens Kildare’s Youth

Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, accepted my invitation to Kildare Town, and officially opened the fantastic Youth Hub which is a great facility.

A €50,000 grant from the Department of Children & Youth Affairs helped deliver this project and I continue to campaign for an increase in funding for Kildare Youth Services.

2016-06-27T18:25:40+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Children & Youth Affairs, Kildare Town, Press Release|

Crookstown Scout Trope get new Den

I was delighted to attend the official opening of the new Den for Crookstown Scout Troupe in part of the old national school building at Crookstown.  It is a great use of the site and provides a welcome new home for the scouts, beavers & cubs.

The old school building has been leased by the parish to the […]