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Childcare costs are crippling parents - David Cullinane

21 April, 2004

Sinn Féin EU candidate for the South Constituency David Cullinane, has today expressed deep concerns about the results of a survey in a Sunday newspaper (18.04.04) which revealed that the cost of childminding in this state, was the highest in the EU. Mr Cullinane commented that "childcare costs are crippling parent".

Speaking today, Mr Cullinane said:

"I am deeply concerned about the findings of the weekend report. On average, Irish parents are spending 20% of their weekly and monthly incomes on child minding costs. The average cost of childminding in other EU member states is around 8% of their weekly wage. There is an obvious and fundamental inequality between childminding costs in this state and throughout the EU.

"These costs are placing a huge financial strain upon many families throughout the state, especially when these statistics are placed within the context of the spiralling cost of living, especially in the property market.

"Sinn Féin is calling for Government funded childcare facilities and the establishment of a central unit to co-ordinate government strategy and funding for childcare. What is needed is quality affordable and accessible childcare." ENDS

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