Two hundred and nine dads in Co Clare have availed of the paid paternity benefit scheme since its introduction in September 2016.
Paternity Benefit is paid at a rate of €230 a week for two weeks, to both employees and the self-employed. Nationally over 5,500 paternity benefits have been awarded.
Fine Gael T.D. Joe Carey is encouraging Clare people to apply for the scheme. “I think they will find the application process to be clear and simple. They will require a Public Service Card in order to apply, and if they are an employee, they need to give four weeks’ notice to their employer to qualify for the accompanying Paternity Leave. 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.
“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.
“In addition to the Paid Paternity Benefit, the Government is introducing a new ‘Single Affordable Childcare Scheme’, which provides both universal and targeted subsidies towards childcare costs. We have also expanded the free preschool scheme to give thousands more children access to a free preschool place.”