Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children, Kathleen Funchion TD, has announced the party will introduce a Private Member’s Bill to reduce the cost of childcare, provide fair wages and provide a sustainability fund for providers.
The motion, which will be introduced in the Dáil tomorrow, calls on the government to commit to delivering a state childcare system in Budget 2022.
Speaking today, Teachta Funchion said:
“Sinn Féin will bring a motion to the Dáil calling on the government to reduce childcare fees by delivering a state childcare system in Budget 2022.
“Childcare fees are far too high. Ireland has some of the highest childcare fees in the world. For many families, it amounts to the same costs as an extra mortgage each and every month.
“Across the state, families are struggling to pay the costs of these eye watering fees. This has to change. It is clear that there is a cost of living crisis in Ireland and too many families are facing huge bills while the government does nothing to help.
“My 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.
“Sinn Féin in government would put money back in parents’ pockets by cutting the cost of childcare fees, addressing the low wages and ensure providers that are struggling keep their doors open.
“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.
“It would also ensure fairer pay and conditions for early years and childcare professionals, by ensuring they earn at least the living wage.
“I am calling on all TDs to stand up for families, early years professionals and providers and back my motion when it comes before the Dáil tomorrow.”