Parents of children attending the Scallywags creche in Togher staged a protest on Saturday morning at the closure of the childcare facility earlier this month. It is understood that the creche has cash reserves of €450,000, leading staff and parents to believe the business is more than viable to continue.
Staff were informed, via text message, on Monday July 6 that the creche and its after school service was to close, leading to the loss of up to 14 full and part time jobs in childcare and administration roles. A day later, approximately 40 parents were notified, also by text, that the creche was to close. Scallywags is run by the Togher Community Project Group, a limited not-for-profit company since August 2000. The Togher Community Project Group is also a registered charity.
It is understood An Garda Siochana have launched an investigation into the matter. A corporate governance investigation may also be launched.
On Saturday morning, a protest was held involving parents, grandparents, children and community members at the parochial hall at Boicestown, Togher. Among those in attendance were Deputy Imelda Munster as well Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd and Labour’s Ged Nash. Senator Erin McGreehan also attended, joining local councillors Hugh Conlon, Pearse McGeough and Colm Markey, himself a parent of children attending Scallywags and a member of the Concerned Parents of Scallywags group.
All of the attending elected representatives spoke to the assembled crowd, as did parent James Markey, a member of the Concerned Parents of Scallywags group. Some who attended made placards for the occasion – reading ‘Save Our Community Creche’, ‘Questions Need Answers’, ‘Kids Lives Matter’, ‘Where Do We Go Now’ and ‘€450k Reasons for a Hidden Agenda’.
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