Number one for expensive childcare!
According to a report in this morning’s Times, Irish parents pay more for childcare than most Europeans, while the Government spends less on childcare and early education than any other EU country. And what are the chances of this situation improving in the upcoming budget?
Er, small. Really, really small.
What really worries me about the gloomy economic times that lie ahead is that during the long, long boom which has just disappeared over the hill, successive Fianna Fail-led governments had more money than they knew what to do with and still managed to somehow squander it without doing anything substantive to improve the health service, the education system or provide proper childcare facilities for families. So now that we have no money left, what can we expect from them?
It hardly bears thinking about.