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Almost 40% of childcare workers looking for jobs outside the sector
Almost 40% of people working in childcare are actively seeking to leave the sector, a new report has found. Creches and childcare facilities are struggling to recruit staff, with 68% of managers and owners finding it “extremely difficult” to hire and keep workers due to low pay and conditions. Employers have raised concerns that recruitment and retention issues are negatively impacting services, with 67% warning that it could reduce the number of children that can be cared for and 38.8% stating that it could lead to a complete closure of their service. The Early Years Staffing and Pay Survey, conducted by Siptu, which is due to be published today, has found that 39% of early years staff are actively looking for a job outside of their profession. This increases to 41% for lead educators who generally have higher qualifications. Just 13% of workers said they would recommend a career in early years to a friend or family members, with the levels of pay being cited as the biggest concern. A total of 1,977 people took part in the survey which was carried out this month, with one respondent stating: “The lack of staff entering the profession brings a lot of stress and work on those who are left due to very high turnover.”
The Irish Examiner
Witness appeal after body recovered from Royal Canal in Dublin
An investigation is under way after a man’s body was recovered from the Royal Canal in Dublin. The discovery was made at around 12.30pm at Ballybough Bridge. The man’s body was removed to the City Morgue in Whitehall, where a post mortem will be carried out in due course. An examination of the scene has also taken place. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything unusual in the area or who can assist them to contact Mountjoy Garda station on 01 666 8600.
Ireland’s fastest man Israel Olatunde returns home to a hero’s welcome
The fastest man in Irish history did not slow down in his effort to get back home from the final day of the European Championships in Munich to celebrate his success with his friends and family. Sprinter Israel Olatunde left the Bavarian capital before the closing events of the competition – which has carved his name in the Irish sporting records book – to return to a hero’s welcome. The Dundalk native was greeted by a group of supporters at Dublin Airport as he flew home late last night.
South Korean police locate relative of children found dead in suitcases
A woman who is believed to be related to two children whose remains were found in suitcases in New Zealand has been found in South Korea, according to police in Seoul. Last week, New Zealand police said they had discovered the remains of two children, who are thought to have been between five and 10 years old when they died, in suitcases. The bodies were discovered after an unsuspecting family bought a trailer-load of items — including the suitcases — at an auction for abandoned goods. New Zealand police have said the bodies were likely to have been in storage for several years, which has complicated the investigation into the crime.
Cloudy this morning with outbreaks of rain, mainly in the north and east where it will be heavy for a time in some parts. The rain will clear northeastwards through the morning. Sunny spells and scattered showers will follow for the rest of the day. Highest temperatures of 17°C to 22°C, warmest in the southeast. Light to moderate southerly winds will veer westerly. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with patchy rain developing in the west, spreading further eastwards overnight. Most of the east will stay dry. Mild again with temperatures generally not falling below 13°C to 16°C. Some mist and fog patches will form in light southwest breezes.