Fianna Fáil says it remains to be seen whether some creches will be able to reopen in the New Year despite a 1,500 government grant to providers.

The Department of Children says Allianz, the last remaining insurer covering creches, has offered quotes to over 280 new customers yesterday.

It means cover has been offered to the same number of childcare providers hit by the departure of broker Padraic Smith from the market.

But Galway based Fianna Fáil deputy Ann Rabbitte says many creches and childcare providers may still be unable to meet the cost.

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