Fianna Fáil Senator, and Bye Election candidate, Lorraine Clifford-Lee has raised the urgent need for more créche facilities to be developed in North County Dublin.

Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Clifford-Lee has urged the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to actively engage with communities to ensure that more facilities can be developed to cater for the growing numbers of young families living in the surrounding areas.

Senator Clifford-Lee said: “North County Dublin is one of the fastest growing areas in the country and it also has one of the youngest populations. This means there is a massive demand on childcare facilities in the surrounding areas.

“There is a severe issue regarding the provision of childcare facilities, I’m talking about full-time care facilities. What we are actually finding is that developers have been granted permission for hundreds of houses on the basis that a creche facility would be included. Builders are trying to change the planning permissions granted to remove creche facilities from their schemes and this leaves communities like Donabate and Lusk without badly needed childcare facilities

Senator Clifford-Lee said that there was enormous pressure and stress being placed on young families in Lusk and Donabate because of lack of facilities.

“This is an on-going crisis and many families have nowhere to send their children. We need the Minister to get engaged here and do what needs to be done to deal with an escalating crisis,” concluded Senator Clifford-Lee.