Carpenter supports move on paid paternity leave
Issued : Thursday 13 March, 2014
Labour candidate, Fergus Carpenter has welcomed news that Minister Kathleen Lynch is exploring the need to introduce paid paternity leave for fathers in Ireland. Speaking as a father of two young children, I believe this is a truly welcome step for dads everywhere.
“We are lagging in the area of paternity leave in comparison to our UK and European counterparts and we need to move towards more progressive thinking on this issue.
“In light of this, I welcome recent moves from my colleague, Equality Minister Kathleen Lynch, to put in place provisions similar to those in the UK, whereby there is a shared parental leave arrangement between mothers and fathers.
“Paternity leave would encourage fathers to share in the distribution of the workload involved in caring for a child and therefore it would be beneficial to many families across Kildare.
“It is very early days yet, and the situation is complicated, but I am pleased the Labour Party is leading the pack by recognising the need to afford fathers paid time off when their child is born.”