Doherty, who is the Chair of the Fine Gael Health and Children Committee, said “we have top of the range school facilities right at our doorsteps across County Meath which we are not currently using to their full capacity. We have invested heavily in our educational facilities over the last number of years which I believe should become multipurpose and cater after-school activities for our children and teenagers.
“As a working mother of four I understand all too well the costs associated with childcare, which for some parents, can be a deterrent to returning to work. It is crucially important that we make work pay and by opening up our schools to homework clubs, craft groups and sports clubs, we can do just that.
“Fine Gael is committed to making work pay and to ensuring that we invest smartly in our schools and in our families. By opening up the doors of our schools after hours we will dramatically reduce the cost of childcare and all at a minimal cost to the tax payer.
“We do not need to build purpose built facilities as they already exist in the heart of our communities. This is one of the many recommendations that I have made for the Fine Gael manifesto so as to ensure that the road ahead is fair for working families.
“We continue to see economic progress, with over 135,000 more people at work, but we cannot take for granted that stability and recovery will continue.”
Concluding, Doherty said “More people in work creates the resources to cut taxes for working people and invest in better services, improving living standards for all. Affordable childcare is fundamental to making this happen and will ensure that more people feel the benefits of a recovering economy in their own lives.”