The rise and rise of the Nanny State
Published 12/06/2015 | 02:30
With the centenary of 1916 looming, and a Constitution that cherishes all of our children equally, a national bout of introspection has broken out.
But a quick look at what we aspire to do might be more appropriate. Anyone looking at the paltry grants given to the childcare sector, and the somersaults the State demands workers in the sector must perform in order to avail of them, will see a case in point.
The latest rubric that insists that our tiniest citizens must not miss more than 20 consecutive days or their grant is forfeited is another piece of bureaucratic tomfoolery.
Juggling a job and keeping a roof over the heads of a family has never been so difficult. It is something that the Government should be moving might and main to make easier. Devising ways to add further impediments to those who already struggle to stay in business in the childcare sector, and on whom parents so desperately depend, is an unwelcome and unnecessary burden.
Forcing workers to police the attendance records of pre-schoolers is just plain daft, and whoever came up with the notion should be sent for a lengthy spell on the bold step.