Tallaght creche closure criticised.

IMPACT trade union has criticised a decision by the management of Tallaght Hospital to close the Small World crèche at the hospital. The crèche facility is attended by 50 children whose parents work at the Dublin hospital, many of whom are represented by IMPACT.

IMPACT official Catherine Keogh said that the union opposes the closure, along with the IMNO and Siptu. She said that the unions have asked that a stay be put on the decision in order to allow a staff impact review to be carried out. Ms Keogh said “The crèche staff are excellent and have built up a strong relationship with the community of parents and children at the Small World crèche over the past 11 years. I think it’s vital to assess the effect of this closure before it is taken away from the community that depends upon it, which includes the staff who work at the hospital.”

Ms Keogh said that closing the crèche will force parents into trying to find alternative arrangements for their children at very short notice. “The parents have acknowledged that there is still time to meet any additional requirements set down by the new child and family support agency (Tusla), and I think we need to explore all possible options before the service is broken up and staff and children are scattered from a greatly valued childcare service” she said.