Ireland’s huge childcare costs stopping people going to work

Childcare costs in Ireland are among the highest in the world and the issue is a "pressing concern" as it may damage our competitiveness, the State's competitiveness watchdog has warned.For couples, childcare costs are the second most expensive among the 35 OECD countries and the most expensive for lone parents, the National Competitive Council's annual benchmarking report published on Thursday noted. It added that these costs and are not offset, as in some other countries, by benefits in the form of subsidies or direct payments.