Budget 2019: €1.5 billion is being invested in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs


The Irish Budget 2019 was presented by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe by on 9 October 2018.

The Budget 2019 document highlights “the key role played by public expenditure in building and maintaining the prosperity of Ireland.”

One of the key investments that will affect families is Ireland is the €1.5 billion investment being made into the Department of Children.


Development of younger generations

The Irish Government has acknowledged the importance of early intervention in the lives of children and is investing €1.5 billion into the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, specifically to support children and young people in Ireland.

This allocation is integral to the continued development of Ireland’s younger generations and will be delivered through organisations such as the Child and Family Agency (Tusla).

Tusla funding will increase by over €30 million, bringing the total to €786 million. Funding for early learning and childcare will increase by just under €90 million to €574 million. The Budget 2019 states that:

“Increased funding for Early Years Care and Education demonstrates the Government’s commitment to support the provision of services for the care, development and wellbeing of children and young people.”

The Irish government will also be investing over €1.8 billion to support children with special educational needs. This funding will cover the employment of an additional 950 Special Needs Assistants who will be recruited in 2019, taking the total number to over 15,900.


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