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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

October 18, 2016

Early Childhood Ireland is presenting to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs tomorrow, Wednesday 19th October. Our delegation is: Teresa Heeney, CEO, Dónall Geoghegan, Director of Policy and Communications, and Paula Hilliard, ECI’s representative on the Early Years Forum and member of our Policy and Implementation Panel. We will be presenting our priorities for the newly-formed ‘Early Years Forum’ (the first meeting of which took place on Wednesday 28th September), and for future investment in the sector to secure quality for children, sustainability for services and their staff, and affordability for parents. You will find an advance copy of our presentation here.


The Committee membership is made up largely of the Party spokespeople on Children and Youth Affairs and is as follows:

Member Party / Group
Lisa Chambers Fianna Fáil
Josepha Madigan Fine Gael
Kathleen Funchion Sinn Féin
Donnacha Ó Laoghaire  Sinn Féin
Jan O’Sullivan Labour
Anne Rabbitte Fianna Fáil
Jim Daly Fine Gael
Lorraine Clifford-Lee Fianna Fáil
Máire Devine Sinn Féin
Joan Freeman Taoiseach Nominee
Catherine Noone Fine Gael


ECI’s participation at the Early Years Forum is ongoing and you can email any observations or comments you have for inclusion in the process our Policy Officer Amy

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