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City Council to become central in delivering childcare services - Doolan

24 March, 2006

Sinn Féin Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today welcomed, "Dublin City Council's commitment to become centrally involved in the delivery of childcare services across Dublin."

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's City Council childcare conference, Cllr. Doolan said:

"One of the major challenges facing families today is the provision of adequate, affordable and accessible childcare. Accessing quality childcare is the cornerstone on which we can build a more equal society. But unfortunately this cornerstone is now missing; this conference is an attempt to change that. The conference is organised by the Mayoral Commission on Childcare and is supported by senior City Council management. I firmly believe this level of commitment indicates just how serious we are taking the challenge here in Dublin.

"I believe that Dublin City Council has a significant role to play in providing accessible quality childcare throughout the City. The conference will provide policy makers, parents and politicians the opportunity to explore just how City Council can rise to the challenge of providing childcare in 21st century Dublin. The economy can well afford investing in our children; it is proven time and time again that childcare is the key to any child‚s success later in life.

"The aims of the Mayoral Commission will be to strengthen City Council‚s role in delivering quality childcare, piloting and funding innovative childcare projects, lobbying the Minister for increasing funds for Dublin based projects and ensuring communities, including parents and children, are consulted and play a full and active role in providing childcare in the future.‰

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, demanded Minister McDowell "fully co-operate with the commission's findings and not to be foot dragging when it comes to funding our children's future.‚" ENDS

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