Two local general elections candidates in Sligo and Leitrim have hit out after the low number of candidates that attended last nights Early Years Sector meeting.
The meeting in Sligo was held to invite all general election candidates to hear the issues that the childcare system is facing.
Labour Candidate Nessa Cosgrove, who attended last night meeting is calling on the government to stop under funding the people that work in the sector and leaving parents paying 3 and a half times the EU average for childcare.
Cosgrove claims that those who spoke about childcare and the early years sector during the leaders debate on Monday night have been totally hypocritical:
Another candidate who attended the meeting was outgoing Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon Scanlon.
He claims the government is not fully appreciating the seriousness of the issue and says more needs to be done for the childcare providers: