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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Josepha Madigan

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February 2023
# Education
No 'specific number' on how many children can participate in Summer Programme
Ministers Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan launched this year’s programme this afternoon.
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# Education
Parents, students and other stakeholders are being asked their views on Special Educational Needs
The Government has faced criticism about the difficulty in finding school and class places for children with additional needs.
# Josepha Madigan
'Extremely disappointing': Minister criticises school for separating girl with Down Syndrome from class
The Minister of State for Special Education said that every school can access the resources necessary for inclusion
# Education
Government approves legislation to compel schools to provide special education classes more quickly
The legislation was announced this afternoon by Ministers Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan.
# special education centres
Autism charity calls for immediate clarity on proposed 'special education centres'
Speaking this morning, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said the proposal “won’t fly” with the public.
# Education
Government urged to confirm 'special education centres' no longer being considered
The proposal was met with backlash from parents and campaigners last week.
# Education
'Ten steps backwards': Govt proposal to open 'special educational needs centres' met with criticism
Five centres are set to open in Dublin in September as an “interim” solution for children without a special class place in school.
# Gillian and Darren Milne
Taoiseach apologises to family of twins with autism who were 'failed' by the state
No longer can it be an option for schools to say we’re not taking in children with special needs, the Taoiseach said.
# refugee crisis
Holiday home owners could be paid for housing refugees, junior minister suggests
Over 25,000 refugees have arrived in the country as of this week.
# Violence Against Women
'Shocking' testimony on violence against women by female TDs shows all parties united on issue
Leo Varadkar said the government must lead on the issue.
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# Drogheda
Educate Together raises concerns with department amid parents' dismay over plans to move school
Labour TD Ged Nash told the Daíl this week that the planned move was a “ridiculous, wrong-headed decision [that] needs to be overturned”.
# Education
Schools to reopen for students with special needs from 21 January
The ‘staggered’ return is to begin from 21 January.
# easing lockdown
Outdoor gatherings of up to 5,000 people could take place from September, says Taoiseach
Cinemas could reopen in August, said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today.
# Birds
Conservationists slam 'horrific and illegal' mass poisoning of buzzards in Co Cork
BirdWatch Ireland said that 23 dead buzzards were recovered near Timoleague last December.
# Funding
Government criticised over schemes aimed at helping artists impacted by coronavirus
Minister Josepha Madigan made the announcement about a number of new initiatives today.
# shine a light
Public urged to 'shine a light' in their windows on Easter Saturday for the sick and frontline workers
A light will be shone on public buildings and Irish embassies on Easter Saturday.
# ge2020
'You have to learn on your feet very quickly': First time TDs on adjusting to life in Leinster House spoke with three candidates who have just completed their first term as TDs in Leinster House.
# Overcrowding
HSE can't 'willy-nilly' hire whoever they want, Harris says
The government has repeatedly said a recruitment freeze is not in operation.
# Commemorations
Commemoration events to mark centenary of War of Independence 'challenging and sensitive'
The government hasn’t yet finalised the State programme for 1920 commemorative events.
# EU Life funding
Ireland wins €4.3 million in EU funding for corncrake conservation project
The population of Corncrake has declined by 85% since the 1970s.
# two years
'It will impact thousands': New divorce living-apart requirements to apply from 1 December
Couples will have to live apart for two of the last three years to get a divorce.
# just transition
Ministers to hold talks with Midlands ESB workers over peat plant closures
The closure of the two plants was announced last Friday.
# Abbey Theatre
Work begins on next stage of Abbey Theatre's €80 million redevelopment plan
The building in which the National Theatre is housed is over 50 years old.
# heritage hub
Minister to push ahead with plans to get Moore Street market back 'to its former glory'
Minister Josepha Madigan wants Moore Street to be a ‘heritage hub’ in the capital city.
# Wolves
Josepha Madigan rejects calls to reintroduce wolves into Ireland
Eamon Ryan TD today called for the reintroduction of the animal to help rewild part of the countrywide.
# birdwatch ireland
Ireland's Curlew population is 'on brink of extinction', warn conservationists
The current Curlew population stands at just 138 pairs.
# Destroyed
Investigation into whether frogs, eels and bats were buried alive by silt spread on Tallaght wetlands
Minister Josepha Madigan says she is taking the matter very seriously.
# sean walsh memorial park
'It defies logical explanation': Martin demands inquiry into Tallaght wetlands controversy
Minister Josepha Madigan has said her investigations unit is looking into the matter.
# Deadly
Minister suspends hare coursing licences after deadly rabbit disease discovered in the wild
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is asking the public to report any suspected discoveries of the disease.
# tourism and transport
Free Now told the government 'night mayors' could make it easier for clubbers to get cabs
The company formerly called Mytaxi urged the Culture Minister to bring the concept to Dublin.
# living history
30 cultural practices given official state recognition to 'protect and preserve' for future generations
A range of activities from Irish crochet lace to the Burren Winterage festival have been given official status.
# Wildlife Act
Government drops plans to trial roadside hedge-cutting in August
Roadside hedge cutting is only allowed between September and February every year.
# draw the dole
New social welfare scheme promises 'breathing space' for unemployed artists
Unemployed artists will be able to receive jobseekers allowance while also focusing on their own work for 12 months.
# factcheck
FactCheck: No, 'child marriages' will not be recognised in Ireland following the divorce referendum
A claim circulating on social media said that the divorce referendum could mean child brides are recognised in Ireland.
# city culture
Government considering staggered closing times and 'night mayors' to enhance Irish nightlife
The minister has suggested a night mayor for cities such as Dublin could be beneficial.
# Divorce
Solicitors want a Yes vote in divorce referendum
A new report by the society details a number of “unsatisfactory” aspects of divorce law.
# Divorce referendum
Government announces wording of amendments for the divorce referendum
Through primary legislation the government would introduce, you would have to live apart for two years before getting a divorce.
# For Sale
This deserted island is up for grabs at €1.25m - and some people think the government should buy it
Madigan says it would require ‘considerable resource commitments’ to buy the island off the coast of Galway.
# Josepha Madigan
Culture minister: 'Glass ceilings are being broken in many sectors - so why not in the Church?'
The event had to be rescheduled after complaints made to the original venue because of the minister’s role in the Repeal campaign.
# le cheile
Youth orchestra for disabled musicians 'major step towards societal change'
The Le Chéile project will develop music groups for young disabled musicians in every province.