Carlow fathers benefit from paid paternity leave with 280 availing of the scheme in 2018

Paternity benefit to increase to €245 per week from March 25, 2019

Carlow Carlow Carlow

Have you been paid paternity benefit?

Fine Gael TD for Carlow, Pat Deering, has said that Carlow fathers are continuing to benefit from the Government’s paid paternity benefit scheme with 280 availing of the scheme in 2018.

Deputy Deering said: "I’m delighted to see the continued success of this scheme. Uptake for paternity benefit has been steady throughout the year and I hope to see the trend continue in 2019.

"The scheme has benefited thousands of fathers across the country with 280 availing in Carlow last year.

"The current rate of Paternity Benefit is €240 per week. Following Budget 2019, this will increase to €245 per week from the week beginning 25 March 2019."

Deputy Deering added: "I am encouraging prospective fathers to sign up for Paternity Benefit. The application process is clear and simple. 

"New fathers 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.

"All the information on how to apply for Paternity Leave, and how to get your Public Service Card, is available at paternitybenefit.

"Fine Gael in Government is committed to helping hard pressed working families and will continue to pursue a number of family friendly childcare options including subsidised high quality childcare, the opening up of our schools to provide aftercare and support for parents who choose to stay at home and care for their children."

To continue reading this archived article for FREE,
please just kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.