Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (352)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

352. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of men who have availed of paternity benefit to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12675/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The information requested in respect of the number of people who have availed of paternity benefit since its introduction on 1st September 2016 is set out in the following table.

PATERNITY BENEFIT

Recipients

1st January 2019 - 28th February 2019

5,188

2018

24,080

2017

26,559

2016 (Commenced 1 September)

5,013

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.