Almost 800 new Limerick dads sign up for paternity leave benefit scheme in 2018

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

New figures show  payments have been made by the Department of Social Protection to 784 dads locally since January

New figures show payments have been made by the Department of Social Protection to 784 dads locally since January

ALMOST 800 dads from across Limerick have availed of the government’s paid paternity benefit scheme so far this year.

New figures show  payments have been made by the Department of Social Protection to 784 dads locally since January.

Almost 1,100 fathers in Limerick have taken paternity leave since the scheme came into operation in September 2016.

Currently, recipients are paid €240 per week while a €5 increase will come into effect next March.

Senator Maria Byrne has welcomed the uptake of the scheme in Limerick.

“It is great to hear that there has been good uptake of the scheme so far. I am encouraging prospective fathers to sign up for paternity benefit and I think they will find the application process to be clear and simple,” she said.

“Paid paternity leave was a key commitment in Fine Gael’s manifesto in advance of the last election as part of our overall efforts to support parents at work and make childcare more affordable. Fine Gael in government is now using the resources from our strong economy to deliver on that commitment,” she added.

Eligible fathers are entitled to apply for two weeks’ paid paternity leave at any time within the first 26 weeks of their child’s life, or following adoption.

They will require a Public Service Card to apply, and if they are an employee, must give four weeks’ notice to their employer before taking the leave.