Councillor Power welcomes increase in paid parental leave

Parents in Ireland can take up to seven weeks paid Parents Leave and Benefit, as part of new measures introduced by Green Party Minister Roderic O’Gorman. The measures will see the number of weeks that parents can take time off work, with financial support from the State, increase from five weeks to seven weeks.

Green Party Councillor, Karen Power stated;

“Since the formation of this Government, paid parental leave has increased from two weeks to seven weeks. As a parent to two young children I fully understand the importance of being there as much as possible during the early years of a childs life.

Karen with her children Olivia and Thomas

This financial support is available to anyone with a child under two years of age or who has adopted a child within the last two years. It has also been confirmed that the Government have committed to a further expansion of Parents Leave and Benefit to nine weeks in line with the Work Life Balance Directive.

Minister O’Gorman commented on the announcement;

“Welcoming a child into the world is one of the most important moments in a parent’s life. We want to ensure that new parents are supported to spend quality time with their babies in those first weeks and months, and be there to share special bonding moments.

“I am delighted that we have been able to support these parents to spend more time with their families, and I hope the increase we have announced today encourages even more parents to take up the offer of paid parent’s leave.”

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