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Stormont should find way of making childcare in Northern Ireland it less expensive, says Dromore couple struggling to make ends meet

By Claire McNeilly

Published 15/05/2015

Natalia and Glen Murray with their son Aidan
Natalia and Glen Murray with their son Aidan

Dromore couple Natalia (38) and Glen Murray (36) have a three-and-a-half-year-old son, Aidan. Glen is an electrician and Natalia works full-time in finance. Childcare costs £563 a month. Natalia says:

"Aidan is in nursery full-time four days a week. I find the cost of childcare in Northern Ireland shocking. We've only one child so I suppose we're not too bad, but I feel sorry for people who have more kids.

"We struggle to make ends meet, unfortunately, and that can be really stressful for us.

"When he was a year-and-a-half I started working part-time, but everything I earned went on childcare so I had to go full-time to try and actually make some money.

"I think Stormont should look into the cost of childcare here and find some way of making it less expensive for hard-working families like mine. It would be good to have our voices heard for once."

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