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16/09/2021

Co Kildare Deputy confirms plans for extra three months paid parental leave

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  Labour is proposing that parents in Kildare get an extra three months of paid parental leave if it returns to Government, according to Deputy Emmet Stagg. Deputy Stagg  confirmed that the proposal is part of a major Labour plan to ‘drive up the quality of childcare and drive down the costs’. Deputy Stagg said: “Over the course of our election campaign, Labour will outline a very significant plan to enhance childcare for families. “A central part of this will be increasing paid parental leave, specifically by providing an additional three months that can be shared by both parents. “We will protect the existing six months of paid maternity leave, incorporating the new two weeks of paternity leave that is due to begin in Autumn 2016.   “By doing this, Labour will ensure that every child can be cared for by their parents for the first 9 months of their life. This will have a hugely beneficial impact on families in Kildare   who have endured years of hardship and now deserve a helping hand in areas like childcare. “I strongly support this important proposal. It proves that Labour is standing up for families by attempting to drive costs down without compromising on the quality of care being provided.”

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