Friday 30 September 2016

'The cost of having baby is a shock to the system'

Elaine Grace O'Sullivan

Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30

Elaine Grace O'Sullivan and son Kyle at home in Sixmelebridge, Co Clare. Photo: Eamon Ward
Elaine Grace O'Sullivan and son Kyle at home in Sixmelebridge, Co Clare. Photo: Eamon Ward

THE sheer expense of having a child was a surprise for Clare-based Elaine Grace O'Sullivan.

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"It is a shock to the system because everything is so expensive, from nappies to clothes," she says.

Ms Grace O'Sullivan and her husband Simon are parents to 13-month-old Kyle (right). The baby is part-time in a crèche, with a family member helping out with the child minding.

Mr O'Sullivan was recently made permanent at his job in the retail sector, but because he was out of work for a while, he is faced with rebuilding his career.

Ms Grace O'Sullivan would welcome some government moves to address the cost of childcare.

"He is on a waiting list to go to a community crèche, which is cheaper than private crèches, I believe. We are on a waiting list," she said. She also believes the €5 increase to child benefit in the last Budget does not mean much, as the annual increase of €60 is just "a couple of weeks' nappies".

CHARLIE WESTON

Irish Independent

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