It’s not a pacifier.
Or is it?
Labour Party HQ, Dublin.
The Labour Party published proposals for new public childcare options.
The party has pledged to roll out a pilot scheme which will at first benefit 6,000 children and will be targeted initially at parents who cannot afford to work and pay for childcare costs.
The applications process will involve a parent declaring their income and showing two quotes from commercial providers.
Initially if the childcare cost is more than 30 per cent of the parent’s net income, they will be eligible for inclusion in the scheme.
A spouse’s income is not included which means the calculations will be based only on one parent’s income, the party said.
From top: )l-r) Deputy Chair of Labour Women Hannah Deasy with baby Oliver (8 months), Labour election candidate Andrew Montague with his son Phillip (1.5 years), and Lorraine Mulligan with Harry Power (6 months); Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with Oliver Deasy Celin and Andrew Montague with son Phillip; Senator Ó Ríordáin and baby Harry Power (6 months).