Government No to commercial rate relief for private creche services

State-supported creches and constituency offices of ministers’ and TD’s are rates exempted.

Sligo News File

Struggling privately run creches will continue to be hit with costly commercial rates. The providers also have to compete with state-operated creches, all of which are rates exempted.

The issue was raised by Deputy Eamon Scanlon when in a written question he asked the Minister for Local Government Eoghan Murphy about the “the substantial disadvantage placed on privately operated crèches which are competing against State supported crèches paying no commercial rates.”

Murphy pointed to a previous reply on the issue, then went on to state that “there are no proposals under consideration for a discount of commercial rates for childcare service providers.”

The business taxation of private creches runs counter to the position governing constituency offices of TD’s which, like State aided creches, are free of all local commercial rates.

Owing to higher overheads, creche costs have been recently increased with charges in Dublin now more that €1,000 per month 
and nearly €700 per month in most parts of the country besides.