Ireland has the EU's lowest rate of mothers in the workforce.
The Labour Party is calling on the government to support a publicly funded, universal and affordable childcare scheme
The Labour Women's executive is launch it's proposals today, for a new system that it says would be accessible to all and would support mothers who want to return to the workplace.
Currently, Ireland has the lowest rate of mothers in the workforce in any EU country.
Labour spokesperson for children Deputy Ivana Bacik says the state needs to support women and children.