Sunday 4 December 2016

'I'd love to go back to work but childcare is just too expensive'

Mary Gargan

Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30

Mary Gargan and her daughters Shauna, 6, right, Michaela, 3, and Sorcha, 1 at Kinsealy Court, Swords, Co Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Mary Gargan and her daughters Shauna, 6, right, Michaela, 3, and Sorcha, 1 at Kinsealy Court, Swords, Co Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn

NOT long after she had her third girl, Mary Gargan went back to work.

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She has worked in retail banking for a dozen years.

But she found that financially and emotionally it was proving too difficult so she opted to be a homemaker for now.

Ms Gargan and her husband Shane, a carpenter, have three daughters - Shauna (6), Michaela (3) and one-year-old Sorcha.

"Childcare is a big burden. It did not work out when I went back to work," she says.

It was costing the couple €1,200 a month to have the children minded in a crèche, even though her mother-in-law helped out with the child-minding one day a week.

But it proved difficult to ensure homework was done and children were dropped to after-school activities when they were in the crèche.

"They were in the crèche from a quarter to eight to six, and not getting out during the day. They were constantly sick," she says.

Ms Gargan would like to see more financial support for mothers who opt to work in the home caring for their children.

The mother, who is part of the MummyPages.ie online community of mums, would love to return to the workforce in a part-time capacity if it was financially viable.

Irish Independent

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