Michelle Igoe with her children Aoibhinn (4), Caitlin (2), Alex (9 months) and Robert (6) at their home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

It’s summertime and the kids aren’t in creches, but parents are still paying for them. Childcare facilities often close for a two-week summer holid(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said review would focus on how best to structure childcare support so as to support low-income working families. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil she was reviewing two childcare schemes costing a total of €70 million (...)