Election 2020: Labour proposes new public childcare service

Party plans pilot scheme where State employees would mind children in State facilities

Senator Ivana Bacik and Counicllor Rebecca Moylhan, party candidate for Dubin South Central, speak on the ongoing gender pay gap, women's representation at the workplace, childcare and flexible working. Video: John Cassidy

 

The Labour Party has proposed a new public childcare service with State employees minding children in State-owned facilities.

The party said on Monday that it would release details of the scheme in the coming days, but revealed that a pilot scheme would cost about €60 million and include 6,000 children in its care.

Rebecca Moynihan, the party’s candidate in Dublin South-Central said that Irish parents were paying three times the EU average for childcare.

Ms Moynihan was launching the party’s proposals on gender equality in the workplace, along with director of elections Senator Ivana Bacik, in Dublin on Monday.

Labour pledged to introduce legislation to force companies with more than 50 employees to reveal any pay gap between men and women in their organisations.

The party also said that it would legislate to require listed companies to ensure women comprised 30 per cent of their boards, and sports governing bodies to have 40 per cent.

The party said that it would “introduce a legal right to flexible working hours where an employer only has to make a reasonable adjustment to allow for them”.

“The designated parent does not necessarily need to be there from 9 o’clock to 5 o’clock,” Ms Moynihan said.

She said that childcare was being raised constantly by voters on the doorsteps.

Ms Moynihan said that the party would publish “full costings” for its proposed national childcare scheme in the coming days.