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8th May 2015: The Irish Independent, 'Tax breaks for childcare will drive up prices, committee told', by Aideen Sheehan.

8th May 2015: The Irish Independent, 'Tax breaks for childcare will drive up prices, committee told', by Aideen Sheehan. Read here. Read more

8th May 2015: The Irish Examiner, 'Year’s parental leave ‘best for kids’', by Catherine Shanahan.

8th May 2015: The Irish Examiner, 'Year’s parental leave ‘best for kids’', by Catherine Shanahan. Parental leave for the first year of a child’s life is crucial to address the practice of “six-month-old babies being dropped in their PJs to the creche at 6.45 every morning, where they are going… Read more

8th April 2015, RTE Radio One "Drivetime": Ciarín de Buis discusses Government plans to introduce paid parental leave

Listen back to Ciairin de Buis on Drivetime yesterday, talking about paid Parental Leave in Ireland & what's best for children .. Read more

8th April 2015, The Irish Times: "Concern about ‘inadequate’ pre-school inspections"

In The Irish Times, Start Strong says the inspection system needs to be fit for purpose to ensure children are getting good quality care and education. Read more

31st March 2015, The Irish Times: "Childcare tax relief will not improve care quality, says lobby", by Carl O'Brien

"Childcare tax relief will not improve care quality, says lobby", by Carl O'Brien Parents should not be given tax relief for childcare on the basis that this would do little to improve quality or assist less well-off families, a high-level Government group will be told on Tuesday. Read more

Irish Times March 24th: "Family Values: Parents’ choices reflect lack of funding by State"

Article in the Irish Times about how in the absence of government subsidies, Irish childcare costs are among the world’s most expensive. Read more

Irish Independent Feb 25th: 'Will they, won't they?' Toby Wolfe contributes to the article discussing what will be contained in the forthcoming Family Leave Bill

"Will they, won't they?" article in the Irish Independent discussing what will be contained in the Family Leave Bill due to be published this year. Start Strong's Toby Wolfe contributes to the discussion. Read more

Officemum.ie Feb 25th: "The impossible economy of childcare" by writer Andrea Mara

Writer Andrea Mara aka officemum blogs about 'The impossible economy of childcare' and quotes the findings from Start Strong's report 'Childcare' Business or Profession? Read more

Flirt FM Feb 18th: Start Strong Director Ciairín de Buis talks to Flirt FM about the need for reform of the 'childcare' sector

Start Strong Director Ciairín de Buis talks to Galway radio station Flirt FM about the need for reform of the 'childcare' sector ahead of today's rally outside the Dail. Read more

UTVIreland Feb 17th: Interview with Ciairín de Buis on the rally held by 'childcare' professionals outside the Dáil

Ciairín de Buis, Director of Start Strong was on UTVIreland last night talking about the ACP ‘childcare’ rally as well as the costs associated with early care and education, quality standards and why we need more government investment. Read more

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