Budget 2019 leaves parents short-changed by 10 weeks on parental leave

Budget 2019 leaves parents short-changed by 10 weeks on parental leave

21 “Today’s Budget provides for an extra two weeks of paid parental leave per parent. This is a meagre allocation – and it doesn’t even kick in until November of next year.” Social Democrats Spokesperson on Children, Councillor Jennifer Whitmore, has said the...
Human milk bank needed in Republic of Ireland

Human milk bank needed in Republic of Ireland

10 “We can’t allow families and babies-in-need to be caught up in any potential political upheaval in the wake of Brexit. The Government needs to take a proactive approach and establish a donor milk bank in the Republic.” Social Democrats Spokeswoman for...
High childcare costs must be tackled with more investment

High childcare costs must be tackled with more investment

12 “High childcare costs place an unacceptable burden on already stretched families. The government needs to step up to its responsibility in supporting parents and ensure that sufficient funding is provided for parents to enable them choice in how they raise and mind...
Burden on parents of back-to-school costs must be lifted

Burden on parents of back-to-school costs must be lifted

00   “Simply sending your children to school should not mean having to rob Peter to pay Paul by using income earmarked for household bills, relying on credit cards and, at worst, turning to money lenders.”Social Democrats Spokesperson for Children, Cllr Jennifer...