Increase of 77% in numbers on CE childcare scheme in Shannonside region

childcare_large-300x191128 people across the Shannonside region last year took part in the Community Employment Childcare scheme.

The figure represents an increase of over 77% on figures released for 2013.

According to the Minister for Social Protection, 27 people in Roscommon took part in the scheme last year, a slight decrease on 33 in 2015.

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In Leitrim, 21 people took part in the scheme, which aims to help those interested in working with children directly reach a standard five qualification.

Longford recorded the largest participation with 70 people involved in CE schemes last year, compared to 76 in 2015, and 50 in 2013.