Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady has this week welcomed a motion which seeks to change the current status on maternity leave for mothers of premature babies.
Teachta Brady said:
“Over 4,500 babies are born prematurely in Ireland every year.
“Usually, maternity leave comes into effect on the birth of the child regardless, of whether or not the baby is born at full term or prematurely.
“This is a very black and white view to take and this needs to change to allow proper consideration and compassion.
“Nothing should add to the stress and worry of the birth of a baby prematurely especially, financial hardship.
“When it comes to the level of pay mandated by law, Ireland ranks at the very bottom of the European league, along with Slovakia.
“This motion provides the Government with an opportunity to take a positive step, and a much more compassionate approach to improve maternity practices in Ireland.
“I welcome that this motion is not being opposed but I do stress that this is only one step in the right direction.”