State should buffer private childcare, says Ibec executive

Darragh Whelan, director of Childhood Services Ireland, says government has no desire to move to public model for the sector

Darragh Whelan, director of Childhood Services Ireland: ‘It’s too late to change the model at this point.‘ Picture: Fergal Phillips

The government has “no desire” to fundamentally change the Irish childcare model, but should fund the majority of workers’ wages across the sector to ensure its sustainability, the head of Ibec’s childcare trade association has said.

Darragh Whelan, the director of Childhood Services Ireland (CSI), said the newest arm of the business representative group was established last year to provide a “unifying voice” and develop “policies that can mutually benefit all types of providers across ...