News from South Tipperary and National Issues

Thursday August 10, 2017
Childcare services in Tipperary are to receive 364K in extra funding, a Fine Gael Councillor, Michael Murphy, has said. The financial boost comes at a key moment in Ireland’s move to accessible affordable quality childcare. Cllr Murphy stated, “I am delighted to announce that local childcare services will receive 364,000 in extra funding, directly benefiting 41 childcare centres across the Premier County. “The money will be used to provide more than new childcare places, maintenance and building work as well as outdoor play areas and is available for immediate draw-down by providers here in Tipperary. “I hold the provision of quality, affordable and accessible childcare as a very highest priority, ensuring local children get the very best start in life. “Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, said 8.4m in capital funding has been allocated through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 683 pre-school providers nationwide; an increase in 4,4m on the amount announced for this programme in March 2017. This funding will benefit children, families and providers under our Early Years programmes, and will contribute to the development of an infrastructure that is ready to meet the radical new approach to subsidising childcare outlined in Budget 2017. Since first entering Government, Fine Gael has prioritised hard pressed working families; the people who bore the brunt of the economic recession. A major part of this has been to reduce the cost of childcare for working parents. The Government introduced the free pre-school year, and subsequently extended it to a second year. It is estimated the extended scheme provides an average saving of 4,000 per child. We also recently introduced paternity leave for the first time ever. Dads are now entitled to two weeks’ paid leave. From September an estimated 70,000 children nationwide will get extra supports. This will really benefit families in Tipperary. Families will benefit in two ways. First there is a universal support for all children aged 3 and under then there are supports for those families who need it most. The second targeted support is based on income and also for those parents who have had to turn down jobs, training and education because they cannot afford childcare. I encourage parents in Tipperary to take the time to study the increased supports which are available and prepare for the autumn, by checking out the new website www.affordablechildcare.ie or by talking to staff at your local childcare centre.

Emergency Protocol Tipperary County Council

The emergency number outside of office hours for the following services are;

Roads - 1890 923 948
Housing (Emergency Electrical and Plumbing issues only) - 1890 923 948
Water and Wastewater - 1890 278 278
Fire: 999 / 112

For all other queries, please contact the Customer Service Desk between the hours of 9.30-4.30, Mon-Fri at +353 (0)761 065000 or email: customerservices@tipperarycoco.ie

Cllr. Michael Murphy, Orpen, The Paddocks, Fethard Rd., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Telephone: 087 322 6699