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Poll: Should paternity leave be mandatory?

The Irish Times reports today that the government is planning on introducing both two weeks’ paid parental leave and mandatory paternity leave.

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THIS MORNING, THE Irish Times reports that the government is planning to introduce two weeks of paid parental leave in the next budget.

As part of that scheme, measures would be introduced to make paternity leave mandatory, in order to force fathers to take time off after their child is born.

The introduction of mandatory leave could be seen as a building block towards narrowing Ireland’s gender pay gap by balancing out the levels of parental leave taken by both parents.

But is it fair to force a parent to take leave if they don’t wish to do so?

We’re asking: Should paternity leave be mandatory in Ireland?

Poll Results:

Yes (6124)
No (3888)
Don't know / Not sure (546)

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