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Dublin Sinn Féin motion on Childcare Subvention Scheme supported unanimously by City Council - Ní Dhálaigh

4 December, 2007

Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh has welcomed the City Councils decision during last nights meeting to unanimously support her Emergency Motion calling on the Minister for Children to suspend plans to introduce the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme.


Cllr. Ní Dhálaigh said:


“This scheme as is will negatively affect community childcare crèches, playgroups and after-school clubs in this city, including many which are part-funded by City Council and often based in Council facilities.


“It will also create a segregated childcare sector in Dublin and state-wide with crèches for social welfare recipients, crèches for the rich and those on low pay will have to stay at home as they won’t be able to afford the increased crèche fees arising out of the change in funding.


“It is worth noting that the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme actually runs counter to stated aims of the original funding mechanism, the Equal Childcare Opportunities Programme (ECOP).


“Sinn Féin Councillors, with the full support of all City Councillors, also called on the Minister for Children Brendan Smith to continue funding the childcare facilities on the ECOP basis until such time as he has held full consultations with all stakeholders including childcare providers, local authority childcare boards and parents.” CRÍ

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