Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, T.D. has today launched an awareness campaign to encourage new or expectant fathers to apply for the two weeks Paternity Benefit payment from her Department. Employed and self-employed fathers with the correct PRSI contributions are entitled to receive Paternity Benefit.
As the first Anniversary of the introduction of Paternity Benefit approaches, the Minister has reminded citizens that Paternity Benefit is available from the Department of Social Protection to parents of children born or placed in adoption.
Currently, it is payable at a minimum rate of €235 per week for two weeks for employees and self-employed people who are on Paternity Leave from work. It is available for up to 26 weeks after the child’s birth or adoption placement, and it is also available to same sex couples.
Speaking today, Minister Doherty said, "The purpose of Paternity Benefit is to support new fathers to take time off work within the first 26 weeks following the birth of their child. New parents can choose to apply online for Paternity Benefit if they have a Public Services Card. Applications made online benefit from an automated decision process, where all conditions are fulfilled the person concerned will receive an award notification within seconds."