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Clarity needed on Minister’s intentions for Community Childcare Subvention Scheme – Ó Caoláin

7 November, 2007


Sinn Féin Dáil Leader and Spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the Minister of State for Children Brendan Smith to come into the Dáil to clarify his intentions in relation to the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme after reports today that he intends to alter the scheme and introduce a new income threshold.

Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "The new system of funding for community and voluntary childcare facilities is causing grave concern in the sector with fears that it will result in the closure of crèches, loss of jobs, increased fees for many parents and the establishment of a two tier system.

"There is a need for clarity in the wake of today's reports that the Minister of State intends to alter the scheme and introduce a new income threshold.

"I am calling on the Minister for State for Children Brendan Smith to come into the Dáil and make a detailed statement and to answer questions on his intentions with regard to the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme." ENDS

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