Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Ceisteanna (487, 490)

Neale Richmond

Ceist:

487. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth when legislation to increase parental leave from two to five weeks will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5426/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Robert Troy

Ceist:

490. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth when the increase in parent's leave will be implemented in view of the commitment to increasing paid parent's leave in budget 2021. [5533/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 487 and 490 together.

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.  Legislation is currently being developed in this regard and it is anticipated that it will be introduced in early 2021.

Payment of Parents’ Benefit is a matter for the Minister for Social Protection, and I understand that it will take time for the relevant IT system changes to be made. As a result, the estimated timescale for the necessary updates being put in place is April 2021.