Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (504)

Micheál Martin


504. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will report on the future of a crèche (details supplied) at a centre in view of the fact that the grounds are for sale; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46197/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Bessborough Centre in Cork is a not-for-profit organisation that has operated children and family services on these premises for many years. I understand that the site was advertised for sale in 2018.

I understand that many people who work for the Bessborough Centre, or who engage with its services including the crèche, will be anxious to know what the potential sale of the property means for them.

As the Deputy is aware, I have no role in intervening with the sale of private property. However, I can confirm that the Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare programmes operated by my Department will continue to be available to the entity which assumes the operation of the service, be that a private provider or community organisation, once it has registered with the Early Years Inspectorate of Tusla.

Any parents who are concerned that the sale of the service might impact on them should contact Cork City Childcare Committee (Cork CCC). Cork CCC may be able to assist them in locating alternative childcare places.