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Reduction in childcare supplement will drive women out of work – Ó Caoláin

4 February, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Dáil leader and spokesperson on Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said the Government's cuts in the Childcare Supplement will have the effect of driving women out of the workplace, further depressing the economy.

He said:

"For a paltry 'saving' of €77 million the Government is cutting its already totally inadequate support for childcare. In doing so it will drive from the workplace many women who depend on the supplement in order to afford childcare and thus to continue in employment.

"The Government deliberately created the impression that the entire Childcare Supplement was going to be axed. This was designed to wrong-foot opposition to the cut announced by the Taoiseach on Wednesday.

"The reality is that it is women on lower incomes who depend on the Supplement to make childcare affordable. I believe many will now be forced out of the workplace and into dependence on social welfare - thus costing the State far more than will be 'saved' by this regressive cut." ENDS

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