Fianna Fail Sligo meeting to unveil national party plans for childcare

‘Opportunity for parents and childcare workers to discuss issues they’re facing from an industry and parental point of view’

‘Affordability and access to childcare two of the biggest challenges facing parents in the North West’

Sligo News File Online

Fianna Fáil is to host a public meeting on Childcare on Monday, 12th October at 7pm in the Glasshouse Hotel Sligo.  The meeting has been organised by members of the party, along with General Election candidates for the Sligo-Leitrim constituency Senator Marc Mac Sharry and Cllr. Eamon Scanlon.  It will be chaired by the party’s Spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs Robert Troy and will outline Fianna Fáil’s detailed plans to support affordable childcare for parents.

Speaking ahead of the event Deputy Troy commented, “Affordability and access to childcare are two of the biggest challenges facing parents in the North West.  Many of them are struggling with crippling childcare costs, with crèche and childminding fees amounting to a second mortgage in some instances.  The average family is forking out around €16,500 a year to cover childcare costs for two children, and for many these costs are proving unsustainable.

“Earlier this year Fianna Fáil launched a comprehensive plan to make childcare more affordable through the introduction of Progressive Childcare Support Credit for working parents so that high quality childcare is made available to them.  This credit would cover up to 40% of a family’s childcare bill, allowing them to avail of childcare and facilitating a return to work for parents who chose to do so.

“Our policy also commits to a second free pre-school year for children aged 2-3.  This will afford a better opportunity to children to achieve their full potential from an early age.  The meeting will provide parents and childcare workers to discuss the issues they’re facing from an industry and parental point of view”.

Representatives from the Sligo Preschool Association, as well as local Fianna Fáil representatives will be in attendance.

The meeting will take place at 7pm at the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo on Monday, 12th October.