Challenges and costs in the Childcare sector must be tackled according to Mayo Senator Rose Conway Walsh.

The Sinn Fein Senator says the Government cannot continue to ignore the challenges and costs in the childcare sector like costs, pay scales, recruitment, bureaucracy and funding of the sector.

Sinn Féin proposed allocating €28m to commence a 5 year programme of childcare reform in their alternate budget which would increase pay for childcare workers and cut childcare fees.

Her call comes ahead of the SIPTU ‘Crisis in Childcare’ meeting in Aughagower Community Centre at 7 o’clock tonight.

Senator Conway-Walsh told Midwest Radio News a wealth tax could be used to finance their proposed change in Childcare services.

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