Friday 22 June 2018

The rise and rise of the Nanny State

"Forcing workers to police the attendance records of pre-schoolers is just plain daft" (Stock image)

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.

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