692 dads avail of paternity benefit
Wicklow fathers are benefiting from the national paid paternity leave scheme with 692 availing of it in 2018.
The current rate of Paternity Benefit is €240 per week. Following Budget 2019, this will increase to €245 per week from the week beginning 25 March 2019.
Wicklow TD Andrew Doyle encouraged prospective fathers to sign up for the scheme, which is easy to do.
'I am encouraging prospective fathers to sign up for Paternity Benefit. The application process is clear and simple. New dads will require a Public Service Card in order to apply, and if they are an employee, they need to give four weeks' notice to their employer to qualify for the accompanying Paternity Leave,' he said. Fathers who fulfil the PRSI requirements are eligible for Paternity Benefit when they take two weeks of Paternity Leave at any time within the first 26 weeks of their child's life, or following adoption.
Information on how to apply for Paternity Leave, or how to get a Public Service Card, is available at www.welfare.ie/paternitybenefit