Monday 11 December 2017

The nation will reap benefits of supporting our children properly

GOOD news is scarce these days. But here's a piece of very good news. Ireland's baby boom has not, so far, been hit by economic recession. The latter part of the past decade to 2011 was blighted by economic woe – but Ireland's child population grew by over 13pc in that decade.

Today, this newspaper carries details of a report entitled 'State of the Nation's Children', which tells us we have 1.1 million children in Ireland. That continues to be the highest proportion of children in the EU – including the new member states.

But this report also sums up the challenges ahead for this young nation. We need more childcare services quickly and we need more family-friendly policies to cherish all the children of this nation.

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