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Sinn Féin in government will improve affordability and quality of childcare- Cllr Paul Donnelly

26 January, 2016 - by Paul Donnelly

Dublin west Sinn Féin election candidate Paul Donnelly has stated that a Sinn Féin led government would improve the affordability and quality of childcare in the state.

Speaking as the party launched its comprehensive, costed childcare document Cllr Donnelly said:

“From the feedback I’ve be receiving on the doors in Dublin West, the affordability of childcare is a massive issue for many struggling parents.

“Today with this policy Sinn Féin aim to tackle the issue of affordability, with childcare costing a maximum of €180 a week, while at the same time improving the quality of early childhood education.

“We would also provide for a six week extension to maternity benefit, followed by an incremental increase to 52 weeks of parental leave over the lifetime of government.

“Furthermore industry standards would be put in place, with mechanisms to withdraw funding should they not be met. Tusla would be empowered to ensure operating standards are in place before any childcare service begins operation.

“Sinn Féin will also ensure childcare workers benefit by assisting the progression of the existing workers to level seven and eight qualifications and by extending the learner fund by €80 million over five years.

“There’s a lot in this policy for parents and childcare workers alike and I would urge anyone currently struggling with the issue of childcare to give the document a thorough read.

“Dublin West has the youngest population in the state, and its growing, unlike Minister Burton’s childcare proposals, which was drawn up on the back of a beermat, Sinn Féin has a costed, affordable solution.”

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