State's childcare lags behind EU

Are work and family life compatible in Ireland? This is now one of the wealthiest countries in Europe, but we lag behind most other EU member states when it comes to public spending on families.

26th March, 2005

Are work and family life compatible in Ireland? This is now one of the wealthiest countries in Europe, but we lag behind most other EU member states when it comes to public spending on families.

Scandinavian countries top the poll of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) members in terms of government cash and services delivered to families as a percentage of GDP (gross domestic product), counting things like direct payments, such as child...

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