Sunday 18 August 2019

'The Government needs to buy it out' - protesters want change of ownership or branches to be shut

Protest: Tina Cassidy, with her grandchild, Cassie Connolly (9), outside the Hyde and Seek Crèche on Tolka Road in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Protest: Tina Cassidy, with her grandchild, Cassie Connolly (9), outside the Hyde and Seek Crèche on Tolka Road in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Allison Bray

A group of local residents protested outside the Tolka Road branch of the controversial Hyde and Seek crèche in Dublin, demanding it be closed down.

Mother-of-three Sorcha Finnegan, who organised the protest, said the group of local parents marched to the local offices of Tusla to send a clear message to the child welfare agency that they want the chain of four Hyde and Seek crèches closed down.

"We are so close to this crèche, we can't tolerate it being open unless the HSE buys it over or the Government buys it over and let it be HSE-run, let the staff in there be re-trained to HSE standards," she said.

"Even if it's one of us or 10 of us, we're not happy. To them, we're only small people," she said. "The turnout isn't as good as we hoped for but we're small. It could be five of us, it could be 10 of us, we're not giving up on this being allowed to happen under our noses."

Ms Finnegan and other local mothers from the area are to open a free 'pop-up' child-minding service at the Croke Park handball centre on August 12.

Irish Independent

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