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Labour childcare plan an election gimmick with no substance - McDonald

14 January, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD, has criticised new childcare plans unveiled by the Labour Party today for having  no substance, given the Labour Party’s litany of broken promises in relation to childcare.

Addressing Tánaiste Joan Burton today in Leaders’ Question, Deputy McDonald said:

“Tánaiste across the state hundreds of thousands of parents are struggling with the crisis in your childcare system. Parents, and particularly mothers, are being blocked from returning to work. Working families are being financially crippled because of the lack of affordable and accessible childcare

“The average cost of childcare is €310 per week per child across the state. In Dublin it is even higher. One study conducted last year found that having two children in childcare in many parts of Dublin would cost a family €27,000 per year. Tánaiste, almost half the work force earn less than this.

“In your 2011 election manifesto your party promised ‘to develop a comprehensive national pre-school service. Tánaiste you broke that promise. Just like you broke your promise to protect child benefit, just like you broke your promise not to cut one-parent family payment until you introduced a Scandinavian style childcare system

“Tánaiste, what have you got against parents? Why have you broken every single promise you have made on the issue of childcare since 2011?  Just to remind you Tánaiste, you cut child benefit. You are adding insult to the injury you have inflicted on parents and children

“So Tánaiste, where are the costings for your announcement this morning and will you put those costings on the Dáil record today? And why should any believe anything you say on childcare when you have broken your work time after time after time?”

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