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Children & Youth Affairs

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 […]

New Website dedicated to Carers

I hope that a new online resource for carers will be of great support to people caring for relatives and loved ones in Kildare. The announcement of the new HSE resource comes during the tenth annual National Carer’s Week, which falls during 13th – 19th June this year.

“The new national website dedicated to carers found at […]

2016-06-19T22:53:53+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Children & Youth Affairs, Health, Press Release|

Call for Increased Investment in Kildare Mental Health Services

Fine Gael Kildare South TD Martin Heydon has outlined the urgent need for increased funding for mental health services in Co. Kildare.  He was speaking in the Dail yesterday (Tuesday) evening during a debate on mental health where he focused on young people in Kildare and the need to increase funding for mental health services.

“Kildare […]

2016-10-23T07:19:59+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Children & Youth Affairs, Dáil Debates, Health, Press Release|