Kilkenny TD wants maternity support extended due to ‘exceptional circumstances’
A Kilkenny TD has called for a greater maternity leave extension for mothers who have had babies during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The government has just announced an additional three weeks on top of the mandatory six months they receive, however Sinn Fein’s Kathleen Funchion says this is not enough.
Deputy Funchion is calling for the extension of paid maternity leave by an additional 12 weeks for women who had their babies during the pandemic and whose maternity leave is due to expire.
She is calling on all the TDs in the constituency to support her call for 12 weeks as she believes the care and support has not been available to new mothers due to the ‘exceptional circumstances’ brought about by Covid-19.
“I am calling on all TDs here in Carlow/ Kilkenny to support the Sinn Féin motion for paid maternity leave to be extended from six to nine months for mothers whose maternity benefit claim expires during the pandemic,” Deputy Funchion said.
“This extension is necessary because of the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic and the difficulties faced by new mothers in securing childcare.
“Right now, new mothers need the support of TDs and Government. Many are struggling to find suitable childcare for young babies and are deeply anxious about being forced to return to work without appropriate arrangements in place.
“This is about fairness for families,” Deputy Funchion concluded.