Wednesday 22 February 2017

Families urgently need State help with childcare

Published 24/09/2016 | 02:30

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar

The cost of childcare in Ireland is taking a severe toll on families. As Tanya Ward, writing in this newspaper this week, pointed out: "Parenting, arguably the hardest job in the world, is undoubtedly made all the more stressful when trying desperately to make ends meet."

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The Children's Rights Alliance chief underscored the urgency of building a solid foundation for all of our children for the future.

At this time of the year, the petitioning for Budget increases becomes the priority for all ministers, but the case for children could hardly be more pressing. Childcare costs are akin to a second mortgage for young couples and some sort of State help is vital. Currently, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone is looking at preparing a package to help poorer families.

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