Written answers

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Domestic Violence

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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436. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth when he will publish the outcomes of the consultations by his Department which concluded on 9 April 2021 on the operation of a paid leave scheme for victims of domestic violence. [27926/21]

Photo of Roderic O'GormanRoderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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Since its formation, this Government has made clear that tackling domestic, sexual and gender-based violence is a key priority. The Programme for Government contains a commitment to investigate the provision of paid leave and social protection provision to victims of domestic violence with a view to establishing a statutory entitlement to paid domestic violence leave. My Department is currently examining the feasibility of introducing such proposals and has committed to developing a report to Government within six months, with legislative proposals to follow within 4 months.

As the Deputy is aware, a scheme of domestic violence leave is currently being developed by officials in my Department, which includes the examination of domestic violence leave at international level, the identification of best practice and the development of a suitable model for rollout in Ireland. The outcome of this work will inform policy development and proposals in this area.

My Department has engaged in a targeted consultation process with relevant stakeholders and social partners to examine how a scheme of paid leave should operate to address the needs of victims most effectively, including with the monitoring committee of the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, employers groups and trade unions and with stakeholders of the national Equality Strategy Committees falling under my Department’s remit. Written submissions were invited from relevant stakeholders and these submissions are currently being examined.

It is anticipated that the output of the consultation process will form part of the report to Government in June.

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