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Adams backs childcare workers

18 February, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams yesterday joined Childcare protestors outside of Leinster House who are demanding increased investment in child care and education.

The Sinn Féin leader raised the issue with the Taoiseach during Order of Business in the Dáil.

Gerry Adams said:

“I want to commend those Childcare professionals who took part in the protest outside the Dáil.

“They are at the coalface of a childcare system that is not fit for purpose and is failing childcare workers, children and parents.

“There is a crisis of insecurity and low pay for many of the 25,000 workers who are employed in the childcare sector. Many receive little more than the minimum wage.

“Parents, families, communities, the economy, and childcare professionals are being failed by a childcare model that is broken.

“Government investment in childcare is insufficient. This state spends 0.2% of GDP on the early childhood sector compared with an OECD average of 0.7%.

“Parents are currently paying higher crèche costs than their counterparts in all other European countries.

“Parents, families, communities, the economy, and childcare professionals are being failed by a childcare model that is broken.

“This is bad for childcare professionals, bad for families and their children but it is also bad economics. International evidence overwhelming endorses the view that good early childhood care and education is good for the children, and improves their ability to come out of school with the skills and knowledge needed to contribute fully and positively to society.

“The Government has the responsibility for introducing a government-backed payscale for the early-years workforce and to provide sufficient funding to adequately resource all areas of childcare and childhood education.”

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