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Cork City Childcare Committee was formed in 2001 and set up the Cork City Childcare Company. The Board of Directors has the following representation: Parents, Employers, National Voluntary Childcare Organisations, Statutory Bodies, Childcare Providers and the Community and the Voluntary Sector.

Mission Statement

Cork City Childcare Committee is a partnership which focuses on facilitating and integrating the provision of quality childcare services and facilities in line with recognised childcare principles and guidelines and compatible human resource development objectives. We do this through facilitation, capacity building and the creation of an enabling environment.

Aims & Objectives


  • To contribute to meaningful enhancement and increases in Childcare supply and provision in Cork City
  • To contribute to enhancement of information base in relation to National Childcare Data
  • To establish networks and partnerships which progress the childcare agenda
  • To interact appropriately with Cork County Childcare Committee and other committees with a view to enhancing and promoting childcare in Ireland
  • To adopt complementary approach to other providers in the city to use resources to their optimum
  • To establish and maintain links with the appropriate city and county structures
  • To review and evaluate progress against stated objectives.

Organisation Objectives

  • To establish a credible childcare committee
  • To support the development of childcare in Cork City
  • To support the development of partnerships to develop childcare initiatives
  • To support the development of capacity of all childcare service providers
  • To support the involvement of all interested stakeholders in the future development of the childcare sector in Cork City.

The Staff


Janet Dennehy – Acting Childcare Co-ordinator E-mail: janet@corkcitychildcare.ie
Janet has overall responsibility for the work of the company. Janet’s primary role is to develop and drive through the strategic goals of the company.
Elizabeth Horgan – Administrator & Support Officer E-mail: elizabeth@corkcitychildcare.ie
All the administrative tasks are the responsibility of Elizabeth. Elizabeth is the first point of contact with the company and will enthusiastically endeavour to assist.
Lisa Honohan – Business Support Officer E-mail: lisa@corkcitychildcare.ie  
Lisa works part time to assist childcare groups to develop capacity in financial reporting, taxation and human resource systems. All the finance tasks are the responsibility of Lisa.
Áine Heffernan – Development Officer E-mail: aine@corkcitychildcare.ie
Áine is responsible for supporting childcare funding programmes for private providers. Áine also offers weekly careers information clinics by appointment.
Orla Fitzpatrick – Development Officer E-mail: orla@corkcitychildcare.ie
Orla is responsible for supporting childcare funding programmes for community providers. Orla also supports to the Childcare Networks in Cork City.
Laura Crotty – Development Officer E-mail: laura@corkcitychildcare.ie
Laura is responsible for supporting childminders in Cork City. Laura also supports Childcare Services with programme implementation
Cork City Childcare E-mail: info@corkcitychildcare.ie
Suite 1, John Dunlop House, Marina Commercial Park,
Centre Park Road,
T12 ADW0.
Phone: 021 4310500
Fax:      021 4318825

The Committee

Lucy Connolly Director and Voluntary Board of Management Member
Helena O’Sullivan Cork Early Years Network
Eileen Wedel Community Providers Rep.
Eibhlin Mhic Pharthaláin National Voluntary Childcare Organisation
Miriam Verling City of Cork V.E.C
Dr. Shirley Martin University College Cork