Childcare in Ireland is the most expensive in Europe, and worldwide second only to the USA, according to recent research from the OECD.

The government here spends just 0.2% of GDP in the development of children up to the age of 6, compared to an OECD average of 0.7%.

This means that typically already hard-pushed parents in Ireland pay 40% of the average wage in childcare costs, while in other OECD countries this falls to 12% thanks to government subsidies.
Another consequence is that childcare workers here are underpaid and overworked, with up to 25,000 people working in the sector on an average of less than €11 an hour – less than the minimum wage, according to figures from the Association of Childhood Professionals.

ESRI has recently warned that the high cost of childcare in this country is a major factor contributing to the large number of jobless households throughout the country.

Yet in spite of the official acknowledgement of the need for greater investment as far back as 2000 when the National Childhood Strategy was published, funding for childcare still needs to be increased fivefold if it’s to meet the standard of services to which successive governments have claimed they aspire.

This government’s cutbacks have hit the poorest the hardest.

People Before Profit calls for immediate investment in childcare services to help ordinary families already struggling under the unfair burden of austerity.

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Brid Smith has condemned the arrest of Paul Murphy as a travesty of justice.

Brid Smith who lives in Ballyfermot claims that Joan Burton’s visit was a provocation for many residents.

“Joan Burton has presided over decisions that have cut social welfare for young people, deprived single parents with children over 7 of One parent Allowance, and supported legislation which has cut the wages of public sector workers. Once her appearance in Tallaght was known, it was inevitable that there would be protests.Read more »

Hundreds came out to protest at the Department of Justice in Dublin Thursday night overthe arrests of 17 people including three minors. It is in relation to a protests last November when Tanaiste Joan Burton was not let out of her car for two hours by Water protestors.

People before Profit Spokesperson, Brid Smith, has claimed that the government’s proposed measures on tackling alcohol misuse are ‘grossly inadequate’.

In a statement she said,

‘The most harmful drug in Ireland is not marijuana or even heroin. In terms of the numbers affected and damage to health it is alcohol.

‘An Analysis of Alcohol Consumption in Ireland in 2013 published by the Health Research Board showed that half of drinkers can be classified as harmful drinkers.Read more »

People Before Profit Prison Policies

SUMMARY

People Before Profit calls for:

  1. A fundamental change in the perception of inmates as citizens capable of rehabilitation, rather than as dangerous and irredeemable.
  2. Rehabilitation rather than retribution to become the official impulse.
  3. A restorative-justice programme, in which offenders meet their victims as part of facing up to their crimes and rehabilitating.
  4. Deprived city areas with high numbers of offenders to receive greater social investment.
  5. A move towards Open prisons.
  6. An increase in Temporary Releases.
  7. More drug treatment centers inside and outside prison.

Click here to read our full Prison Policy