Minister for Children James Reilly has set up a mapping exercise to identify areas with a shortage of places for the second pre-school year allowed for in the budget.
New figures from his department show that even though there are 10,000 empty places in pre-schools, a total of 13,000 places will be needed to meet the budget commitment of a second free year from next September.
And there are also concerns that some pre-schools will not be...
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