Early Childhood

Rising to the Challenge As a mother of three children Mary is acutely aware of the value of a positive childhood experience. Early childhood in particular is of critical importance to parents, policymakers and our wider society. Mary is happy to do all she can to support three proposals from Early Childhood Ireland which will…

Hyde & Seek

UPDATE Mary has made further representations to the Dublin City Childcare Committee asking for their assistance to meet parents childcare needs.  In response they provided a list of Childcare Service Providers, attached HERE. Mary also asked them to identify and secure possible properties for a replacement childcare service in the area, should alternative care become…

Hyde & Seek

Mary organised a meeting for parents whose children attend Hyde & Seek with Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Children Anne Rabbitte TD. The objective of the meeting was to discuss parents’ concerns over Tusla’s decision to close the creche on December 20th 2019.  Priority for parents is provision of safe, secure and happy childcare for children…

Government u-turn on ECCE policy welcomed

Working on behalf of children with special needs Mary called on the Minister for Children to abandon the Governments proposal to do away with the  Overage Age Exemption from the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme from September 2018. Mary said the proposal to remove the Overage Age Exemption from the ECCE scheme would severely disadvantage children with special…

Childcare

As a mother of three children I understand the emotional, logistical and financial stress of trying to secure caring and affordable childcare. Our policy aims to support working parents and children from all backgrounds. You can read the full policy here https://www.fiannafail.ie/issues/childcare/or watch this 60second video where out I outline the key points. If you…

“Gender Quota” legislation should be scrapped.

From the outset I believed the “Gender quota” legislation introduced by Minister Phil Hogan on behalf of this Government was fundamentally flawed.  It is a poor response to the under representation of women in the Dáil.  It requires all political parties to field minimum 30% female candidates at the next General Election or face a significant cut…

Minister Charlie Flanagan must prioritise affordable childcare and address inadequacies in the childcare sector

The leader of the Fianna Fáil Group on Dublin City Council, Mary Fitzpatrick today urged Minister Charlie Flanagan to make affordability of childcare and reform of sector a key priority on his appointment to the role of Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Cllr Fitzpatrick said “Childcare costs now account for the largest monthly expenses for many families – in…

Fitzpatrick demands action to tackle cost of living crisis

Ordinary families crippled by spiraling living expenses Fianna Fail Leader on Dublin City Council Mary Fitzpatrick has highlighted the need for concerted action by the Irish Government and by Europe to tackle the falling living standards of middle-income families across Dublin. Speaking at a public meeting on the cost of living crisis in Dublin city…