Parlon, Tom

Tuesday, 15 June 2004

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 177 No. 1

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Adoptive Leave Bill 2004: Report and Final Stages.

I cannot accept the amendment. The advice of Parliamentary Counsel is that it is necessary to include the term “AND TO PROVIDE FOR CONNECTED MATTERS” in the Long Title of the Bill. The purpose of the ...More Button

As indicated on Committee Stage by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Deputy McDowell, the review of statutory periods of leave such as adoptive, maternity or parental leave is a matte...More Button

I cannot accept this amendment. It would result in granting bereaved adopting fathers a more generous leave entitlement than that of a bereaved natural father. As stated on Committee Stage, the matern...More Button

I reject the amendment. The Adoptive Leave Act 1995 already makes provision for leave prior to placement in the case of a foreign adoption. Section 8 of the 1995 Act provides that in the case of a for...More Button

This amendment is rejected. The provision in section 8 of the Bill for termination of additional adoptive leave on the sickness of the adopting parents is consistent with the provisions in section 6 o...More Button

This amendment is also rejected. The proposed amendment is inconsistent with the recommendation of the maternity working group and gives rise to an anomaly with the provisions of the Maternity Protect...More Button

I welcome the provisions of the Adoptive Leave Bill 2004, which represent a balanced and progressive response to the needs of employed adopting parents. The measures introduced in the Bill will enhanc...More Button


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