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Proposed introduction of Parental Leave ‘a welcome move by Government’ – Brady

6 April, 2018 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that the proposed introduction of parental leave is a ‘welcome move by Government’.

Speaking this morning, Teachta Brady said:

“On the introduction of paternity leave in 2016, Sinn Féin called on the Government to move further and introduce paid parental leave allowing flexibility for parents after the birth of a child.

“The 18 weeks unpaid parental leave currently in place only suits parents who can afford to take time out of work and give up that income for a period of time. For many, it is simply not an option.

“Ireland is one of only six EU countries where employers are not obliged to pay workers if they take parental leave instead leaving it at the discretion of employers. This has led to an unfair situation where some parents can take the leave and others cannot.

“The two weeks paid parental leave planned to be introduced in Budget 2019 is welcome and it is a start. I look forward to seeing the roadmap that will be put in place to see paid parental leave introduced and extended to the benefit of both parents and children.” 

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