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#EveryWeekCounts – Extend paid Parent’s Leave by 3 weeks now

Women and families are in a desperate situation during the Covid-19 crisis and are facing huge challenges in combining working with minding their children. Many women are at the end of their tether and need your support.

The Government has already committed to increasing paid Parent’s Leave from two weeks to five weeks for each parent of all children born or adopted on or after 1 Nov 2019. However, the Minister has not yet enacted the legislation. We need action now to urgently help women and families who are struggling.

In many cases, women have given birth without a partner present, and faced into motherhood without family or professional support. The closure of schools, early years and childcare services has compounded these difficulties, with some women losing their jobs due to a lack of childcare. Women cannot afford to wait any longer – #EveryWeekCounts

Write to your TDs today to highlight the urgency for action. Ask TDs to urge the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O'Gorman to support parents, in particular women by enacting the legislation NOW so that parents of very young children will be entitled to three weeks paid extra leave. Simply select your constituency and send this email to your TDs below.

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