Pandemic parents to get additional three weeks of leave
The Minister for Children has announced Cabinet approval for parents of children born during the pandemic to take an additional three weeks of parents leave.
The Minister for Children has announced Cabinet approval for parents of children born during the pandemic to take an additional three weeks of parents leave. Speaking at a post-Cabinet briefing, Roderic O’Gorman said the move recognised the difficulties experienced by parents – specifically those of children born after the 1 November 2019 – during the Covid-19 crisis. Mr O’Gorman said the Government has also proposed to examine in the context of Budget 2021 an extension of parents leave which would see each parent receiving an additional three weeks. He said the leave would be paid at the rate of €245 a week for the additional three weeks. The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) said the increase of paid parent’s leave from two to five weeks falls far short of the needs of mothers who were on maternity leave during lockdown. Orla O’Connor, director of the NWCI said: “Increasing paid leave is in itself a welcome measure and also welcome is the fact that all parents are eligible. “However, this announceme