Monday 25 September 2017

Catherine Donnelly: Time for the State to live up to its responsibilities

'Many value the childminder, who may have no professional qualifications but is well versed on raising a family, and may be less expensive than a crèche - but that option is not always available'. (stock image)
'Many value the childminder, who may have no professional qualifications but is well versed on raising a family, and may be less expensive than a crèche - but that option is not always available'. (stock image)

Catherine Donnelly

It is more than 40 years since equality legislation started to transform the lives of working women in Ireland, with developments such as the ending of the ban on married women in the Civil Service and the introduction of maternity protection.

A natural follow-up would have been State support for mothers of young children, with a meaningful childcare scheme offering the quality cover necessary to give them the choice of continuing their careers.

Childcare also needs to be affordable if parents - and it usually is mothers - are to have a realistic choice.

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