€2.5m funding to upgrade child facilities
NEWLY-INSTALLED Minister for Children James Reilly has announced €2.5m in grant funding for the physical upgrade and repair of community creches and childcare facilities.
The money, which will be shared among 163 facilities, will be for services which are mostly in disadvantaged areas and were originally built with State funding. Grants of up to €50,000 will be given for essential repairs, maintenance, refurbishment or improvement of the facility's energy rating .
Another €5m has been made available by the of Department of Children and Youth Affairs under the banner of infrastructural stimulus.