Hundreds of childcare providers protested outside the Dail earlier today

Childcare providers are warning of service closures unless the government provides extra funding for the sector.

Hundreds protested outside the Dail earlier today.

It’s the third time they have staged a demonstration outside Leinster House.

Mariead Davis runs a Bright Beginnings Montessori in Douglas, and she says it’s becoming impossible to stay afloat.

Oh my god there’s no profit, no, no profit, there’s absolutely no profit before EC came in 15 years ago, I was charging at €18 an hour. And now we’re getting like €15, no inflation. Yeah, so it’s, it’s impossible, insurance has doubled, staff rates have doubled is like yeah, it’s tough going.”


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