Minister Canney

  • Up to 60,000 parents are set to receive paid parental leave and benefit following the publication of new legislation today (Tuesday).

    It means all parents will each be entitled to two weeks' paid parental leave for a child under the age of one.

    Subject to the legislation being passed, the new Parental Leave Scheme will come into effect in November.

    Galway East TD and Minister of State for Rural and Community Development Seán Canney says it’s  good news for all parents and a statement of intent to establish and expand paid parental leave going forward.

    He told Midwest News this morning that the Government is committed to the phased introduction of seven weeks' paid leave per parent over the next three years. It also further extends the rights of fathers following the recent introduction of Paternity Benefit.

    An estimated 60,000 parents are likely to be eligible for the benefit in any one full year.

    The legislation will also enable male same-sex couples to receive adoptive leave and benefit, closing an existing loophole in the law.

    Parental Leave will be non-transferable so that both parents need to take the leave or it will be lost. 

    The non-transferable provision is intended to incentivise fathers to take more time off from work to care for their children.

    Under the scheme, both parents will have access to two weeks each for babies born from this November onwards. The benefit will be paid at the same rate as Maternity and Paternity Benefit at €245 a week.

    It will be up to employers to decide if they will provide a top-up payment to employees earning a higher salary level.

  • The new €20 million Presentation College in the Co Galway town of Athenry will open on Monday.

    The school will serve 1,000 pupils, an opens for classes on Monday morning.

    This is one of two second-level schools in Athenry - construction is also underway on a new school building for Clarin College, and when completed, a new national and secondary Gaelscoil will open on the Clarin College current site.

    Galway East TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs Séan Canney has welcomed the opening of the new Presentation College on Monday next - he told Midwest News that the forthcoming changes will meet the present and future demands for second-level education in Athenry....

  • Six County Galway schools and community projects are to receive more than a quarter of a million euro in CLÁR funding.

    The funding, which is targeted at areas of population decline, is awarded from the Department of Rural and Community Development.

    Minister for Rural Affairs Seán Canney says that he is delighted that these worthwhile projects have been successful in the Department's first round of funding this year.

    The projects to benefit are: Brownsgrove NS Tuam, €50,000 for car parking and footpaths; St Colman's Park Trustees Gort, €45,000 for footpaths and public lighting; St Jarlath's NS Skehanagh, €39,600 for car parking and footpaths; Killererin Development Company, €50,000 for a playground; Cleggan/Claddaghduff Community Council, €50,000 for the construction of footpaths for a public facility and public lighting; and Coiste Pobail Charna, €29,700 for footpaths.