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Sinn Féin calls on Government to address high costs of childcare in Dublin

30 July, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking following the release of CSO statistics that childcare costs for parents in the Dublin area are significantly higher than other areas of the state, Sinn Féin Dublin TD Aengus O Snodaigh called for the Government to address their failed childcare policies.

The Dublin South Central TD said;

“A report from the CSO has shown that on average childcare costs in the state outside of Dublin are around €125 per week and they are up to €200 per week for the same service in the capital city – over a 15% increase in two years. This impact’s hugely on both parents, as well as childcare providers who will receive the same payment for children regardless of their location under the new Government scheme of providing a year’s free pre-school for each child. Less than a third of parents in Dublin believe they have access to high-quality, affordable, childcare in their community. This is an unacceptable situation for the Government to leave parents in.

“Representatives of childcare groups have said that many crèches will face closure because rising unemployment means fewer children using services, whilst other parents are working fulltime to merely pay for their childcare costs.

“During the good times, the Government failed to establish a proper childcare infrastructure and now in the bad it intends to withdraw the Early Childcare Supplement, despite a UNICEF report rating Ireland last in a league table of OECD countries in provision of childcare.

“Sinn Féin is committed to establishing a universal state provision of pre-school children from the age of three to five years. The only way the problems of childcare can be solved in this state is if government delivers a universal provision of early childcare and education based on the best international models.” ENDS

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