Update: Katherine Zappone denies ‘phantom’ reports of Cabinet rift over childcare plan

Katherine Zappone says reports of a rift at Cabinet do not reflect what is really going on.

Reports say Fine Gael TDs are concerned that her plans for childcare will only benefit low income families and not middle earners.

Katherine Zappone said they are still negotiating, saying: “The story doesn’t reflect the […]

Zappone: Reports of Cabinet rift over childcare ‘do not reflect what’s going on’

The Children’s Minister says budget negotiations have been ‘amicable and firm’
The Children’s Minister says she has not been kept in the dark by Fine Gael over the Government’s childcare plan.

The Irish Times reports that Katherine Zappone was left out of Budget discussions after she unveiled a plan to subsidise care […]

‘Every family to benefit from childcare plan,’ vows Zappone

Every family will get childcare support “in some form” as a result of measures to be announced in the Budget, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has insisted.
 

The minister is involved in intense negotiations with the Department of Public Expenditure over proposed subsidies for childcare but denies reports that there are deep […]

Reilly says childcare tax credit could drive up costs

Former Children’s Minister James Reilly has warned against the introduction of any “tax breaks” in next month’s Budget aimed at reducing the burden of childcare on parents.

Dr Reilly said from his experience, tax breaks will only result in childcare costs being ramped up.

The issue of how the Budget should assist […]

Pressure on Zappone over childcare for average earners

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone is coming under increasing pressure to ensure her childcare plans for the Budget cover middle-income earners.

As she thrashes out the threshold at which parents become eligible for subsidised childcare with Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe, Fianna Fáil has said any measures brought in should cover a […]

State considers radical plan to help pay for childcare

State considers radical plan to help pay for childcare
Means-tested scheme is expected to be rolled out over a number of years from September
A radical new system of subsidised childcare that would mean the State pays a portion of a family’s bills directly to childcare providers is under consideration for next […]