Family members and other casual childminders will require a background check if they want to apply for a new Government benefit.


The Affordable Child Care scheme was recently introduced and childminders can now avail of up to €1,000 a year.


However, reports in today's Irish Independent say the certification process will also include checks on relatives such as grandparents and in-laws. 


West Cork TD, Jim Daly oversees the Government's Children and Youth Affairs Committee - he says they will have to speed up the process on anyone seeking the subsidy who is not registered as numbers are high.


He told the Independent:


"So what the Government is proposing to do is run in tandem a sort of certification process where the department will oversee.


"Any parent who wishes to apply for the subsidy can send in details of their gran, of their sister-in-law, of their neighbour who is minding their children and the Government will do a background check - obviously Garda vetting - and a couple of references from local people and that will suffice."


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