Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Questions (96)

Hildegarde Naughton

Question:

96. Deputy Hildegarde Naughton asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the uptake of paid paternity leave since it was announced; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8400/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Paternity benefit was introduced from 1st September 2016 and provides a payment in respect of two weeks paternity leave to be taken within 26 weeks of the birth of the baby. In the period from the commencement of the scheme up to the end of 2017 a total of 31,071 people have availed of this leave and have been awarded and paid paternity benefit. The table below shows a breakdown by county of paternity benefit claimants for the period 1st September 2016 up to end November 2017, the latest period for which detailed statistics are available.

PATERNITY BENEFIT Claimants by County Breakdown

County

Awarded Sept - Dec 2016

Awarded Jan-Nov 2017

Total Awarded

Carlow

64

286

350

Cavan

75

411

486

Clare

107

571

678

Cork

634

3150

3783

Donegal

155

651

806

Dublin

1345

7085

8430

Galway

284

1444

1728

Kerry

127

668

795

Kildare

234

1308

1542

Kilkenny

115

481

596

Laois

65

384

449

Leitrim

43

174

217

Limerick

195

949

1144

Longford

40

187

227

Louth

141

610

751

Mayo

144

626

770

Meath

209

1054

1263

Monaghan

69

324

393

Offaly

73

378

451

Roscommon

56

316

372

Sligo

71

320

391

Tipperary

151

791

942

Waterford

129

557

686

Westmeath

101

466

567

Wexford

140

715

855

Wicklow

145

737

882

Others

20

128

148

TOTAL

4932

24770

29702