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Sunday 17 December 2017

Airport creche on the way for flying commuters

DUBLIN Airport could soon be offering a creche for UK commuters -- just don't try and drop the kids off for a two-week stint.

The airport is looking for a company to run new creche facilities at the site and it highlighted that the new service would be open not only to staff but also to passengers.

In a tender seeking interested parties to pitch ideas for the creche, the DAA stated: "It is envisaged that the creche facility will be located on the Dublin Airport campus in a landside location with the target market being airport campus staff, passengers and local residents."



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Siobhan Moore, of the DAA, said the face of Irish commuters was changing and the airport was looking to facilitate all its clients.

"Some people, especially business people may want to leave their children in when they are going to work. Commuters have changed and we are providing options for that. We have a lot of commuters these days and they are going back and forth to the UK daily," she said.

Ms Moore added that while the previous creche at the airport was solely for the use of staff, the new facilities were hoping to provide child care options for a wider range of people including local residents and passengers of the airport.

"Like all businesses we can't keep this one rigid and we want to make it more accessible for people. This is a different way of thinking about it. It's all about providing options," she added.

The successful candidate for the creche will be given a 36 month contract while the DAA reviews just how popular the project becomes.



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"We didn't want it to be too rigid but we'll wait and see. That will be the test of it," added Ms Moore.

The deadline for submissions in March 16. Calling for interested parties to get in touch the DAA stated: "Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is continually reviewing and improving the facilities it provides both to the public and the wider airport campus staff. As part of this policy, DAA is currently investigating the provision of a creche facility at Dublin Airport."

The previous DAA creche, which was heavily subsidised was closed in 2009 as part of a cost-cutting review.

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