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City Council must establish Childcare Department - Doolan

10 February, 2006

Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has called on Dublin City Council, "to become more active and more central in the provision of childcare across Dublin."

Speaking today in Rathmines, Cllr. Doolan said, "Childcare provision has become a major issue for parents. It is time that City Council became centrally involved in working for a solution. The City Council should establish and resource a Childcare Department to oversee the provision of childcare in Dublin. This must include the opening of a 'one stop shop' on childcare. This service would assist those opening childcare facilities with meeting the regulations, planning guidelines and funding.

"The Lord Mayor has established a Commission on Childcare. The aim of the Commission is to identify how City Council can best resource and support childcare in the capital. We aim to produce a strategic plan on childcare for the City and host a major childcare conference in March. As part of my work on the Commission I have planned to meet with childcare facilities on Dublin's southside over the next week. I hope to survey several hundred parents who use the centres. This survey will give parents, and indeed those service providers, an opportunity to have their voices heard before any decision is made on developing future policy of City Council."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, demanded, "City Council management to realise their responsibility to the residents of Dublin and become centrally involved in providing accessible, affordable childcare of the highest standard." ENDS

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