National Childcare Scheme

It has been confirmed that the new National Childcare Scheme will be open for online applications from November 20th 2019. Originally announced as part of Budget 2017 – a new “Affordable Childcare Scheme” was proposed to help families with payments for creche and nursery fees and other types of childcare such as after school care. […]
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Savings Accounts for Children

It’s First Communion time again for thousands of children in Ireland . At this time of year – many Catholic children get given cash gifts for their Communion .  A recent survey found that the average amount was €463. Hopefully – with the help of parents – they will try and save some or all […]
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Budget 2016 – Free Pre-School Extended

Free Pre-School extended in Budget 2016 From September 2016 the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme will be extended . The changes mean that children will be able to start pre-school at age three, and to remain in pre-school until they start primary school.  (or reach 5 years 6 months) . Currently, children between […]
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Household Income in Ireland Hit Hardest by Austerity

A recent EU study  showed that households in Ireland  experienced , in relative terms , the largest reductions in disposable  income because of austerity measures imposed on them. The study by the “Social Situation Observatory’”  compared the  impact of  austerity  measures implemented over the period 2009-2011 in six European countries, namely Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Portugal, […]
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