Fitzgerald favours subsidised childcare over benefit - The Irish Times - Thu, Dec 27, 2012
Lots of conspiracy theories surrounded the Children's referendum.
John Waters even spoke of the "Austerity Man" coming in the middle of the night to steal away your child.
But perhaps a more rational explanation is this: Many quangos have sought the creation of a state funded childcare industry which - of course - will be in the hands of the public sector and by extension the croke park trade unions that run it.
The children's referendum is unlikely to resulting in late night childsnatching by the state.
What it will do is give lotsof NGOs a legal claim for huge funding to provide service that ought to be provided by the family.
Frances Fitzgerald - whoe although nominally FG - is really one of Garrett Fitzgerald's protege's and is more Labour than Labour themselves - is a major champion of this approach.
The reality is that whatever about the failings of teh church and individual families had the state had charge of our kids the abuse would have been ten times worse.
The HSE shows what happens when you put the Irish state in charge of anything.
This proposal is a direct attack on the individual liberties of our citizens.
A gov't that has just cut child benefit and maternity allowance - not to mention proposed legalising abortion - but which is now proposing that we give it power over our kids has obviously lost all sense of irony, direction and common sense.
It should be told in no uncertain terms that we don't want the state to have anything more to do with our children.
Keep state's hands off our kids.