Farrell welcomes introduction of increases to paid parental leave as a positive day for families throughout Ireland

Dublin Fingal TD and Fine Gael Climate Action Spokesperson, Alan Farrell, has welcomed the introduction of changes to paid parental leave in Ireland.

Deputy Farrell said, “Today, is a really positive day for families across Ireland and for prospective parents. From today (Thursday, April 1st), each new parent will be able to available of 5 weeks paid parental leave, increased from the previous limit of 2 weeks.”

“This will be available to all parents who have welcomed a new family member since November 2019 and will benefit an estimated 30,000 parents this year alone.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “Moreover, the benefit is being expanded to include same sex male couples for the first time. Adoptive parents will be allowed choose which parent takes the available 24 weeks of leave. This will ensure that we have a fairer and more equal approach to all types of families and reflect the modern work-life balance we all want.”

“My colleague, Minister Heather Humphrey’s, has ensured that the Department of Social Protection will be able to facilitate the increased demand for this vital service.”

“The first year of a new-born or adoption is a truly special time in the lives of all parents and I am pleased to see the Government recognise this and take action to make it easier for parents to spend more time with their families at such an invaluable time.” Deputy Farrell added.