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Adams hits out at ‘Granny Grant’ proposal

Adams hits out at ‘Granny Grant’ proposal

Local TD Gerry Adams has hit out at the Government’s ‘Granny Grant’ proposal, insisting it shows they have no understanding of the childcare problems families are facing.

Last week Minister Shane Ross was proposed that grandparents who mind their grandchildren for more than 10 hours per week would receive a €1,000 annual payment.

However, Sinn Féin TD Adams said the government instead needed to get real about the problems with the childcare system rather than focusing on a grant which he says has not even been costed properly.

Adams said: “The Independent Alliance recently announced its ‘Granny Grant’ budget proposal. According to Minister Shane Ross, this would cost €70 million. Upon closer inspection, this proposal has not even been properly costed. It is, at best, only tinkering around the edges of a serious problem.

“Let us be clear, decades of government under-investment in childcare is a primary factor in the problems families now face.

“Childcare costs are absolutely sky-high at the moment. Many parents are paying the equivalent of a second mortgage in crèche fees.

“This proposal will do nothing to bring these costs down. It further shows that government have no understanding of the real problems faced by families.”

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