Friday 28 April 2017

Renua proposes paternity leave

Lucinda Creighton's party unveiled a 'three-pronged' approach to tackling the escalating cost of childcare for young families
Lucinda Creighton's party unveiled a 'three-pronged' approach to tackling the escalating cost of childcare for young families
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

Partners of stay-at-home mothers will be able to avail of six months' paternity leave, under radical new proposals to address the childcare crisis announced by Renua.

Lucinda Creighton's party unveiled a "three-pronged" approach to tackling the escalating cost of childcare for young families.

Among the proposals is a plan to extend leave to both parents after childbirth, which would see mothers and fathers sharing up to six months off work.

However, the party also proposes allowing fathers to take the full six months of paternity leave if the mother stays at home.

"It will essentially mean when a mother stays at home as a full-time mother, that her partner or spouse would be in a position to take full advantage and take the full six months' parental leave," Ms Creighton said.

The party is also proposing to use the local property tax to fund the establishment of a network of community crèche facilities.

The party is also proposing a tax relief on childcare costs.

Irish Independent

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