Wednesday, March 23, 2011

O'Brien Welcomes Reprieve for Childcare Service

O'Brien Welcomes Reprieve for Childcare Service

Jonathan O'Brien TD has welcomed yesterday's agreement by the HSE to provide bridging funding for the Little Steps Créche in Farranree to keep the facility open until it can draw down longer-term funding from Pobal. Deputy O'Brien said: "I welcome the initiative by the HSE and am delighted that this vital community facility will now remain open." "The staff and parents at the Créche who campaigned so vigorously to save it are to be congratulated."

"However it is important to recognise that this situation would never have arisen were it not for the government policy of axing community development projects. I will continue to lobby the new administration to protect and expand the remaining community funding and to provide greater supports for affordable childcare. It is imperative that the long-term future of the créche is secure and that we do not find ourselves in a situation like this again."

For further information or comment contact Jonathan O'Brien TD @ 085-2133907

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