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9430: IRELAND HAS EU’S SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE CRECHE FEES FOR UNDER 3S

Thursday 11 July 2019
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Ireland is now the second most expensive country in the EU for crèche places for children under the age of three.

New figures from an EU Commission study show that the average crèche cost for this age group is €771 per month, that's around €440 less than the UK cost.

In countries like Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, childcare is completely subsidised by government, with parents paying only for their children's meals.  

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says crèche fees are expensive here because the Government leaves it to the market to determine costs.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: a family's income