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Some creches continuing to charge parents despite closures

Creche owners are coming under fire as some are continuing to charge fees despite facilities being closed.

Some parents are reporting that they are being charged 50 per cent of the fees for April, May and June.

They have been told it is in order to retain staff and pay rent on the buildings.

However, parents are hitting out at facilities charging for a service that they are not providing.

Dublin creche owner Katie said hearing claims that businesses are greedy is upsetting.

"I haven't slept properly since we closed," she added.

"My staff are all sitting at home in bits. I'm at risk of losing my home. I'm trying to get money together to keep my place open.

"To keep my place sustainable for the month of April I need €20k just to pay bills that I'm not allowed to cancel."

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