Pa Daly, Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, has urged the Government to stick up for families and prioritise introducing the three week Parents’ Leave and Benefit which was promised almost four months ago.
“Parents of babies born during the pandemic have been under huge pressure as they have struggled to find suitable childcare once their parental leave ends,” said Teachta Daly.
Severely Reduced Numbers
“Many crèches are closed, or taking severely reduced numbers due to social distancing, and family members are also unable to provide childcare due to restrictions on households mixing under public health guidance.
“As a result, parents have been forced to take unpaid leave to look after their babies.
“In the budget, the Government pledged to give families three weeks of paid parental leave to address this, but almost four months later absolutely no provision has been made. Families can’t keep waiting. This isn’t good enough,” he said.
Support Needed Now
“Families need support now and can’t be expected to wait any more. This is a considerable amount of money, which will make a big difference to families’ finances.
“My colleague, Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane, has been raising this consistently in the Dáil yet the Government simply is not acting.
Finances Already Tight
“Many families are being badly affected by this delay. Their finances are already tight and they should not have to face the financial burden of this Government’s inaction.
“This is something they are entitled to and will make a real difference to the finances of thousands of families.
“The delay is unacceptable. The Government needs to act now and address this,” said Teachta Daly in conclusion.
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