176. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the additional two weeks paid parental leave for children under one year as outlined in budget 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11518/19]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy is aware, the Government has agreed to introduce two weeks of paid parental leave to support the parents of children under one year.
Work is well advanced on the General Scheme of legislative proposals to provide for two weeks paid parental leave. These proposals will be brought to Government for approval shortly.