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The School of Law was delighted to host Minister Katherine Zappone T.D. who launched the Research Evidence into Policy, Programmes and Practice (REPPP) programme at the University of Limerick on the 15th September. The visit took the form of a boardroom-type meeting with senior university staff, faculty staff and officials from DCYA and Department of Justice. At the meeting the Minister was briefed on intended activities for the programme. The Minister also had the opportunity to ask questions and share her own thoughts about the REPPP programme. Government officials in attendance included Michelle Shannon, Director Youth Justice, Adoption Policy and Legal Division, Paddy Duffy Youth Crime Policy and Programmes Division, Irish Youth Justice Service, and Dr Sean Redmond (seconded from DCYA to the Law School, University of Limerick) who will act as REPPP Programme Lead. The School staff involved in the programme are Dr Eimear Spain, Dr Susan Leahy, Dr Kathryn O'Sullivan, Dr Lydia Bracken, Dr Ger Coffey, Dr Andrea Ryan and Dr John Lombard. Ray Friel and Professor Shane Kilcommins will coordinate the project.
A link to the speech of Minister Katherine Zappone T.D. at the launch is provide below