Fine Gael Senator, Neale Richmond, is encouraging prospective parents in Dublin Rathdown to sign up for Paternity Benefit.
“A national awareness campaign was launched this week by Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, urging prospective parents in our area and across the country to register for Paternity Benefit and explaining how to apply.
“Paternity Benefit becomes available on September 1st and will be paid at a rate of €230 a week for two weeks, to both employees and the self-employed.
“It’s really simple for prospective parents to apply. Fathers who fulfil the PRSI requirements, are eligible for Paternity Benefit when they take two weeks of Paternity Leave at any time within the first 26 weeks of their child’s life, or following adoption.
“The awareness campaign launched this week, informs prospective parents that they require a Public Service Card in order to apply for Paternity Benefit. And if they are an employee, they need to give four weeks’ notice to their employer to qualify for the accompanying Paternity Leave. All the information on how to apply for Paternity Leave, and how to get your Public Service Card, is available at www.welfare.ie/paternitybenefit.
“This is a ground-breaking measure, which meets the commitment made in Budget 2016 and in Fine Gael’s Election Manifesto. It is great news for fathers in our area and will afford them the opportunity to be more involved at the earliest stages of a child’s development.
“Fine Gael is also committed to significantly increasing parental leave for parents in our area over the next five years and cutting the cost of childcare. We want to give every child the best start in life and improve the lives of everyone in our area.
“It is vital that prospective Dads are aware of Paternity Benefit and that they actually take it up, European comparisons have shown a disappointingly low number of Dads taking up Paternity Benefit in certain countries like the Czech Republic but in countries like Sweden and Germany the take up has been positive on foot of awareness campaigns like the one launched by Minister Varadkar this week.”
Note to editors
Information on Paternity Benefit is available:
· on twitter using #paternitybenefit
· at www.welfare.ie/paternitybenefit
· by calling 1890 66 22 44
August 4, 2016