The Fianna Fáil Women’s Network is calling on the Government to consider Emergency Parental Leave for parents who have no childcare options due to the closures of childcare facilities because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
President of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network Laura Reid explained, “There are many parents who are still in employment who have faced difficult decisions as they no longer have child minding services and are unavailable to carry on in their jobs as normal across a variety of roles.
“The Government should consider a type of emergency parental leave in line with the emergency pandemic measures. Those in frontline medical or essential services should be considered for this if they have a spouse who could take up emergency parental leave. A measure like this could see more frontline services employees making it to the frontline to tackle and slow the spread of this virus.
“We need support for parents, and we believe this change would go some way to easing the difficulties faced by our frontline workers who cannot identify childminders during this time.
“As women tend to earn less than men in the workplace the current situation will disproportionately affect them. It is on the Government to support these people during this national public emergency,” concluded Laura Reid.