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Doolan welcomes launch of new childcare policy for Dublin City

9 June, 2006

Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today welcomed, "Dublin City Council 's new and innovative childcare policy."

Speaking at the launch of the City Council's childcare policy in Mansion House today, Cllr. Doolan said:

"One of the major challenges facing families today is the provision of adequate, affordable childcare. Accessing quality childcare is the cornerstone on which we can build a more equal society. But unfortunately this cornerstone is missing; this policy aims to change that. The Lord Mayor's Commission on Childcare was an all-party committee supported by senior City Council management; this level of commitment indicates just how serious we are taking the challenge.

"I was delighted to play my part in this Commission and I intend to ensure that this policy does not just gather dust but is actually actioned and these actions are measured against accessibility, quality and sustainability of childcare facilitries accross the city. No family in this City should be feeling excluded from accessing childcare of their choice. 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 policy 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, urged, "the Minister for Children Brian Lenihan to co-operate fully with the implementation of the policy and ensure funding is made available for this agreed strategy."‚ ENDS

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