Parents struggle to meet costs

Despite intensive lobbying from organisations such as Siptu, ICTU and the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland, the Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen, did not utter those long awaited words, “tax relief on childcare costs" on December 1, 2004 when outlini

22nd January, 2005

Despite intensive lobbying from organisations such as Siptu, ICTU and the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland, the Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen, did not utter those long awaited words, “tax relief on childcare costs" on December 1, 2004 when outlining his budget for 2005.

Childcare costs for preschool children can create a significant financial burden on parents. A survey carried out by the Central Statistics Office found that creche fees could amount to between €600 to €850...

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