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Looming childcare crisis revealed - creches will struggle if schools cut hours in September

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Schools and creches have been closed in Ireland since March (Danny Lawson/PA)

Schools and creches have been closed in Ireland since March (Danny Lawson/PA)

Schools and creches have been closed in Ireland since March (Danny Lawson/PA)

Crèches will struggle to cope with a surge in demand for places if school hours are cut in September, a Government report has warned.

A plan for the reopening of the sector by Children's Minister Katherine Zappone's department said providers "may be unlikely to meet any increased demand" as they "may also be operating at reduced capacity".