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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 10 March 2021

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Questions (643)

Michael Moynihan


643. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth when the legislation will be progressed to provide the additional three weeks of parent's leave; if this change will come into effect in April 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12812/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Parent’s Leave and Benefit Act 2019 introduced two weeks of paid Parents' Leave for each parent to be taken in the first year after the birth or adoptive placement of a child.

Under proposals approved by Government in December 2020, each parent will be given an additional three weeks of paid Parents' Leave, and the period in which it can be taken will be extended to the first two years after the birth or adoptive placement of a child.The drafting of the legislation needed to make this change is well advanced and it will be introduced at the earliest opportunity. The aim is that this legislation will be enacted by the beginning of April 2021.