TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin O’Broin has backed the party’s motion to reduce the cost of childcare. The Private Member’s motion, which was introduced in the Dáil recently calls on the government to commit to delivering a state childcare system in Budget 2022.
Prior to speaking in the Dail, Teachta O’Broin said: “I am speaking on a Sinn Féin motion in the Dáil which calls on the government to reduce childcare fees by delivering a state childcare system in Budget 2022. “The cost of childcare is a critical issue for families in Dublin Mid-West , and I will be outlining that in my speech to the Dáil.”
“Ireland has some of the highest childcare fees in the world. “Here in my own constituency childcare costs on average €217.09 per week for one child “For too many families, it amounts to the same costs as an extra mortgage every month. This must change. “Sinn Féin’s motion also pledges better pay and working conditions for early years and childcare professionals. Those working in the early years sectors are highly qualified and skilled, yet are often paid minimum wage. They deserve fair pay.
“Budget 2022 is fast approaching and Sinn Féin are calling on the government to cut childcare costs by delivering a state childcare system in the Budget. Our detailed and fully costed proposals would cut fees by one third within the first year and then by two thirds thereafter. “I am calling on all TDs to stand up for families, early years professionals and providers and back Sinn Féin’s motion when it comes before the Dáil.”