Written answers

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Department of Defence

Child Care Services

5:00 pm

Photo of Olwyn EnrightOlwyn Enright (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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Question 52: To ask the Minister for Defence if he has received the report from the Defence Forces partnership steering group sub committee on the feasibility of the provision of childcare facilities, particularly in the Curragh, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13518/08]

Photo of Tom KittTom Kitt (Minister of State (Government Chief Whip), Department of An Taoiseach; Minister of State, Department of Defence; Dublin South, Fianna Fail)
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A request to provide crèche facilities for members of the Defence Forces has been made by the Defence Forces Representative Associations. The Defence Forces Partnership Steering Group, which was established following on from Partnership 2000, has tasked a Partnership Sub-Committee with examining the issue of the provision of childcare facilities under a number of headings, including demand for places, location and cost.

A review of progress on the report from the Sub-Committee on the feasibility of the project was received at a meeting of Defence Forces Partnership Steering Group, which was held yesterday, 9 April 2008. A survey will shortly commence in relation to the demand for crèche places in the vicinity of the Curragh and further work is being undertaken in relation to a possible site and estimates of costs for development of the facility. The Minister has been assured that a report will be available by the end of September 2008.

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