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2 News: New Child & Family Support Agency

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, gave some further details of the new Child and Family Support Agency (Dail Eireann, Debates, 26th September 2012, 46-7; 59).  It would have 4,000 staff and a budget of €590m, which would include the €26m budget of the existing Family Support Agency.  She had established a shadow agency already within the HSE.  The number of managers had been reduced from 34 to 16 and there was consideration of the potential for the further rationalization of services for children under the new agency.  Legislation would be brought to the Dail before December.