Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/05/2013. Tags: Education And Politics
Proposed changes to child benefits in Ireland have caused upset in the coalition and worry among parent groups.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn indicated further child benefit cuts could be on the cards by suggesting the money might be spent elsewhere, the Irish Independent reports.
Mr Quinn hinted that some of the money reserved for child benefit each year - which stands at around €2 billion - might be used to provide a second year of free pre-school
Niamh Ui Cheallaigh, spokeswoman for Parents Against Cuts to Child Benefit, commented: "It won't be very welcome to hear this for a lot of families, they will be horrified, to say the least."
Despite this, the Irish Times reports that Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has lent her backing to the idea, claiming the second year of free pre-school will be made available to 65,000 children within the next 18 months provided the government gets behind the scheme.
Written by Donal Walsh