Cherishing the children

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An additional €3 million capital fund will be made available to childcare providers to develop after-school services

Childcare measures seem like good news for families, but some say they’re not enough

Budget 2016 has been hailed as a family friendly budget. The government gifted parents with young children with a package that includes free GP care, an increase in child benefit and smaller classrooms.

The multimillion euro investment is a nod towards the “squeezed middle class”.

“Many parents bought houses at the peak of the boom and these families now have children,” said Laura Haugh of

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