Fine Gael bye-election candidate for Dublin South West, Senator Cáit Keane has confirmed that she is campaigning for a second free pre-school year.
“There is an increasing body of Irish and international evidence proving the benefits of early intervention for pre-school children in terms of improving outcomes and delivering significant returns to the state, both in terms of economic and societal benefits. The existing free pre-school year has benefitted thousands of families in Tallaght, Terenure, Citywest and Firhouse – providing educational and social stimulation for pre-schoolers, allowing parents time to work, knowing their children are in a safe and nurturing environment,” she stated.
“I believe a second free pre-school year brings positive educational and developmental outcomes for children of this area, equipping them with the tools for learning that will stand to them throughout their lives
“In addition to the obvious benefit to the children, the provision of a second free pre-school year free of charge would save parents between €2,500 and €3,000 in playschool or montessori fees per year. As uptake on the year is likely to be high, additional staff would have to be recruited, generating between 4,000 and 5,000 jobs around the country.
“This is something I have raised with my Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly TD,” Senator Keane continued. “From my discussion with him, I understand that a full review of the existing free pre-school year must be completed in the first instance, but the extension of the scheme to run for a 2nd year is something he is also in favour of, so we will be working together to try to achieve this goal,” Senator Keane concluded.
Fine Gael Dublin South West bye-election candidate, Senator Cáit Keane has today, (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Simon Harris TD, that an amendment is to be made to ease the rates burden on many local sports clubs.
“An amendment to the Valuation (Amendment)(No.2) Bill 2012 will mean sports clubs that previously paid rates on its bar and on sporting buildings, will now only pay rates for the part of the building that generates income i.e. the bar in most cases. In practical terms this will reduce significantly the size of the building for which sports clubs must pay rates and it will provide a welcome boost for clubs provided by volunteers for volunteers.
Fine Gael Dublin South West bye-election candidate Senator Cáit Keane is urging local residents to support the many cultural events which are scheduled to take place this-coming Friday, 19th September.
“These events are free of charge to attend and are part of Culture Night, a nationwide public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts,” Senator Keane explained.
“This Friday night, 19th September, presents a unique opportunity to experience something new and celebrate the talent we live and work amongst. It can also be an opportunity for people to visit and experience the work of excellent organisations in their local area, which may appeal to them for future volunteer work. Our communities are made stronger through the incredible commitment of volunteers to sporting, community, arts and culture organisations.,” she continued.
Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event, which first began in Dublin in 2006, to a major national event which now sees 350,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios, community groups and cultural centres all around the country.
Fine Gael Senator and the Party’s candidate in the upcoming Dublin South-West bye-election, Cáit Keane, has today (Monday) welcomed the correspondence from President Jimmy Carter to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, detailing his views on prostitution and the need to criminalise the purchase of sex.
“I was heartened to see President Jimmy Carter’s correspondence to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the members of the Oireachtas on the matter of prostitution. I have prioritised the issues of prostitution and human trafficking since being elected to the Seanad. As a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, I was on the committee that published a report into human trafficking last October, and I was honoured to be one of the Irish representatives at the Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking (PAHT) roundtable seminar hosted by the Lithuanian parliament last year.