John Brady TD calls on Minister Doherty to extend new provisions announced for maternity leave
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has called on Minister Regina Doherty to allow mothers who are currently on maternity leave where their baby was born prematurely the extended maternity leave.
Speaking this morning, Teachta Brady said:
“I welcome the Minister’s announcement which extends maternity leave and benefit to mothers who have had their baby prematurely.
“The extended period of benefit will be equivalent to the duration between the actual date of birth of the premature baby and the date when the maternity leave was expected to commence. This measure is welcome and will be of huge support to mothers and fathers.
“However, these new provisions will only apply to babies born prematurely on or after October 1st which is a real shame.
“Since the announcement, queries have been made as to whether or not mothers on maternity leave currently can avail of the additional leave and benefit but, of course given the date imposed, they cannot.
“I would ask the Minister to examine the possibility of allowing those currently on maternity leave who have had their baby prematurely the additional time. I do not imagine this would be a huge number of mothers but I have no doubt it would be a really positive gesture from Government.”