Saturday 21 January 2017

Women must make affordable childcare an election issue

Published 09/02/2016 | 02:30

Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

For the next few weeks, we will be plagued with knocks on the door as candidates try to persuade us to give them our votes. They will dazzle us with their mandates and promises for the future.

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One of the key issues women across the country will be asking about is what the candidate, and his or her party, are planning to do about the crippling costs of childcare in this country. To get the politicians to actually implement change in this area, women, and men, need to vote for candidates who are committed to investing in affordable, quality childcare.

It is the continued lack of affordable childcare that is preventing so many Irish women from going back to work.

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