Two weeks' paid leave for new dads next year
FATHERS are to be given paid paternity leave for the first time.
The budget measure is being introduced for babies born from next September and will be worth €460 to new Dads.
It will provide two weeks of paid paternity benefit to fathers within 28 weeks of the birth of a child.
Tánaiste and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton said entitlement will be based on the same PRSI contributions as apply to mothers getting maternity benefit.
"I am particularly pleased to announce the introduction of a Paternity Benefit scheme from next year," she said.
"This is one of the measures which I am announcing in order to support families in the workplace and, in particular, to recognise the important role of fathers in bringing up their children."
Ms Burton said the new measure cannot be introduced any earlier than next September for logistical reasons.
September was the earliest it could be introduced because It required complex new legislation as well as special IT measures to administer it.
Laura Haugh of parenting website Mummypages said recognition of a father's care-giving role should have seen the inclusion of shared parental leave in a child's first year, but this was missing from the Budget, even though it was vital.