Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone
Further to public outcry, Katherine Zappone has revised her decision to not pay childcare providers who close their service in order to attend a protest next Wednesday.
That initial decision, Ms Zappone said on Tuesday, was based on “legal advice”.
This afternoon, a press release from the Department for Children and Youth Affairs states:
Having considered the concerns and circumstances of the Childcare sector, Minister Zappone has instructed the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Pobal to authorise payments to childcare services who close during the day of protest on February 5th.
Payments will be made on condition that Childcare Providers find an alternative, suitable date for parents to avail of childcare services in lieu of the day that the Service is closed.
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