Ireland should follow Britain's childcare lead

A woman returning to her job after having a baby must now set aside an average of four months' salary to pay for childcare, writes Martha Kearns.

24th March, 2013
Tax breaks for working mothers don't exist here.

After having her second child, a friend of mine was looking forward to going back to work last January. She had had enough of changing nappies and babbling baby-talk, at least for the time being.

A week before she was due to return to her job, she discovered that her creche was not able to take her newest child because a Health Service Executive worker declared it was full capacity. In order to be able...

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