The extension of paid parent’s leave is a very welcome development for all new parents, a Dublin Mid-West TD has said. Speaking on the passing of the Family Leave Bill, Emer Higgins said, “This extension of paid parent’s leave from two to five weeks is brilliant news and I know it will be welcomed by many parents.
“Being a new parent is never easy, but this last year has been especially challenging,” said Deputy Higgins. “I’m delighted that this extension of the €245 a week payment will benefit 30,000 parents and support them when they most need it. “The Payment will be extended to five weeks starting from next month and it’s important to note that it can be back dated for over a year so anyone who has had a child since November 2019 can apply for the payment.
“It’s so important that parents get the support that they need in those early stages,” said Deputy Higgins. “This extended payment will allow parents take that time to get to know their new born and adjust to the changes that come with new family life. “Every child needs and deserves the best start in life, and I hope that we’ll see the benefits of supporting 30,000 parents to spend more quality time with their children.” “This Bill has also made family support more inclusive meaning all adopting couples can choose which parent avails of adoptive leave, including male same-sex couples and Paternity Leave and Benefit will be made available to the parent who is not receiving adoptive leave,” concluded Deputy Higgins.