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Childcare costs an indictment on FF/PD Government - Ó Caoláin

20 September, 2006


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said the report from an international study that childcare costs in Ireland now take up to thirty percent of family’s disposable income is an indictment of the Fianna Fáil/Progressive Democrat Government.  Deputy Ó Caoláin said the Government has failed the young families of this state who now have childcare costs equivalent to the cost of their mortgages.

He said, “The reports in today’s newspapers, that childcare costs have hit the new heights of thirty percent of families’ incomes, represent an indictment of this Government’s record and shows that they have failed the young families of this state who now face childcare costs equivalent to the cost of their mortgages.

“Sinn Féin has been to the fore in the fight for the provision of quality and affordable childcare facilities.  In our last two pre-budget submissions we have prioritised children and highlighted the Government’s failure on childcare costs and we have used our Private Members Time in the Dáil to table a motion calling for the development of a comprehensive and accessible childcare infrastructure and a wide range of measures to assist parents.   However, it is clear that the issue is not a priority for this Government.

“We believe that, along with a range of income supports for children, a comprehensive package of childcare measures must be introduced, implementing the right of all children to the best care and allowing parents to care for their children full time for one year and equalising women's participation in the labour market.

“There is sufficient wealth in our society to do all this – all that is missing is the political will.” ENDS

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