North Inner City Dads are continuing to benefit from our Fine Gael Government’s paid paternity benefit scheme. In total, more than 51,000 paternity benefits have been awarded nationwide since the scheme was introduced in September 2016. This figure also includes 4,100 self-employed people.
The current rate of paternity leave is €240 weekly. As a result of changes made by local T.D. and Finance Minister, Paschal Donohoe, this rate will increase to €245 per week from the week beginning March 25th next. This will afford new Dads the opportunity to be more involved at the earliest stages of the your child’s’ development, which is important for the whole family.
If you are a prospective Dad, firstly congratulations to you and your partner! Secondly, you should sign up for Paid Paternity Leave. The application process is simple to follow. You will need a Public Services Card and if you are an employee, it will be necessary to give your employer four weeks notice in order to qualify for the Paid Paternity Leave benefit.
Dads who fulfill the PRSI requirements are eligible for Paternity Benefit when they take any two weeks of Paternity Leave within the first 26 weeks of their child’s life, or following adoption.
All the information you need is available online at www. Welfare.ie/PaternityBenefit.
Alternatively, you can contact me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com if you have any particular questions or queries and I’ll do my best to answer any enquiries you may have.