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Extension of paid parental leave from two weeks to five weeks will take effect next month

DUBLIN: The government’s decision to extend paid parents leave from two weeks to five weeks will take effect next month. Children’s Minister Roderick O’Gorman will seek approval for the Family Leave Bill 2021 at tomorrow’s cabinet meeting.

If the cabinet ministers approve the bill at tomorrow’s meeting, it will be presented in the Seanad on Friday. However, Mr. O’Gorman said he expects the bill to pass all stages of the Oireachtas by the end of March. If that happens, the bill will be signed into law in April.

The new law extends the period of parental leave to two years from the child’s birth. In the case of adopted children, it is two years from date of placement.

The bill also includes provisions to allow adoption leave for same-sex couples to address legislative imperfections. This provision is being updated for the first time after the marriage equality referendum.

With regard to illegal birth registrations, the Minister for Children will also submit a memo to the Cabinet seeking approval for the publication of the sampling review. This was initiated by the former Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, following the discovery of illegal birth registrations in the St Patricks Guild.

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