Thursday, 1 April 2021
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
254. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the status of efforts to provide access to paid maternity leave for parents of children born via surrogacy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17727/21]
Policy on surrogacy rests with the Minister for Health while policy on parentage rests with the Minister for Justice. Legislation on family leaves must be developed in the context of the legal situation concerning parentage, including in relation to surrogacy. Any changes in the legal situation with regard to parentage and surrogacy are matters for the Minister for Justice and Minister for Health.
Some forms of family leaves may be available to commissioning surrogate parents. These include parental leave and parent's leave and benefit.