September 17, 2021
Government must urgently act on leave for parents at home with self-isolating schoolchildren – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD, has called on the Tánaiste to urgently act to provide paid leave for parents who must stay at home with a child who is self-isolating.

Teachta Ó Laoghaire said:

“In the last few days, I have received lots of calls from parents of children who have been directed to self-isolate.

“These parents are not close contacts themselves, but must stay at home to mind a self-isolating child. Accordingly, they cannot qualify for enhanced illness benefits nor are they eligible for the PUP.

“Some will have employers that are reasonable and will work with them, but many are in very difficult situations, particularly those on low and middle incomes and in insecure employment.

“Frankly, it is absurd that we are this far into the pandemic and no action has been taken here.

“The Government must urgently act to provide paid leave for these parents where their children are self-isolating and must stay home from school.

“Sinn Féin has been raising this for over a year now, but there has been very little movement in this area. It is not good enough. Parents need clarity and they need it now.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

Listen to the voices of parents & campaigners for children waiting to access mental health services

Tonight, govt refused to support our Bill to regulate CAMHS & tackle waiting lists. Instead they decided to delay progress for 9 more months.

Our children cannot wait any longer!

We need a properly funded Executive to transform public services, support businesses, and better the lives of workers and families.

Public sector workers do incredible work right across our society, and Finance Minister @CArchibald_SF has prioritised a fair pay increase for them

On the Tonight Show, I responded to Amotz Asa El's Op Ed in the @Jerusalem_Post that said "Ireland's hostility towards Israel must be stopped."

Irelands solidarity with Palestine is long and proud. 🇵🇸
#CeasefireInGazaNOWPermanently #CeaseFireNow #BDS

Minister must publish Forgotten Farmers proposal immediately - @ClaireKerrane

“There is no detailed scheme, no money and no timeline, well over a decade after this issue came to light.”

Load More