‘Parents feel let down’ – Kilkenny TD unveils campaign to cut cripping childcare costs
A Kilkenny TD today launched a new campaign to lower childcare fees.
Deputy Kathleen Funchion, Sinn Féin’s frontbench spokesperson on children, has put out a call to parents to fill out her online survey and email their childcare stories, which she will collate in a dossier and present to the Government in a bid to highlight the real impact that high childcare costs are having on families.
Speaking at the launch of her campaign outside the Dáil today, Deputy Funchion said: “Childcare fees are too high and wages are too low. That is the reality that we hear daily from parents and workers in the childcare sector. Despite this, prolonged underinvestment by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael has led Ireland to sleepwalk into a privately run and expensive system that cripples ordinary working families.
“We know that parents feel let down by the current system. Many women are locked out of the workplace because childcare fees are too high. Our campaign – ‘My Childcare Story’ – aims to give voice to those experiences and lay them at the foot of government.”
The Kilkenny general election poll-topper said the pandemic “has presented us with an opportunity to completely overhaul the current childcare system”.
She added: “The reality is there can be no recovery without a childcare system that works for all. That is why the voice of parents is so important – policy-makers must understand the real life implications for getting this wrong.