Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Questions (240)

Róisín Shortall


240. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to allow same-sex couples to avail of the same adoptive leave and benefit which straight couples and single-male adopters are entitled to in the context of the Parent's Leave and Benefit Bill 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42973/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

My Department is working on provisions which will give all adopting couples, whether same sex or opposite sex, the right to select which of them will be the qualified adopter i.e. which will get adoptive leave and benefit.  It is my intention to present legislative proposals in this regard to Government in the coming weeks.

It is proposed to include these provisions in a forthcoming Bill, ideally the Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill which will be before the House in November and the purpose of which is to give effect to measures in the Budget.  It was not possible to develop the provisions in time for the Parent’s Leave and Benefit Bill, the enactment of which was urgent in view of the commitment to introduce leave and benefit with effect from 1 November.