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Minister O’Gorman sets out Department priorities

New Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman TD has set out his priorities for the Department.

Speaking following his appointment, Minister O’Gorman said:

It is a great privilege to be appointed Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, and Integration.

My hope is that this will be a Department that puts the young, vulnerable, and marginalised at the very centre of its work: expanding childcare, ending direct provision, and extending equality to all our citizens.

We have an ambitious programme of work, but I am determined to deliver on the commitments made in the Programme for Government.

I know the positive impact that Minister Zappone and the Department for Children and Youth Affairs had, giving a voice to young people at the Cabinet table, and this is work I intend to continue.

I also look forward to engaging with the wide range of community and voluntary sector organisations, trade unions, and activists that work alongside the Department.

I am immensely grateful to everyone who has reached out with supportive messages. We have seen during the covid lockdown how this country can come together to support one another,  and I hope to bring that sense of solidarity to the work of this Department.