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Social Protection

Extension of Maternity Leave and Benefit in cases of Premature Births will assist Kildare mothers

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has welcomed the extension of maternity leave and benefit to mothers with premature babies as an important change which recognises the additional burdens and pressures that accompany a premature birth as well as the additional leave time that is required.

From 1st October 2017, maternity benefit will be extended […]

Pension Difficulties Raised in the Dail

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has said that he will continue to raise the concerns of many women now in receipt of lower pensions due to time that they took out of the workforce in their earlier careers.

“In the last four years many women have reached retirement age only to discover to their […]

Minister Varadkar visits Allen CE Scheme

Fine Gael Kildare South TD Martin Heydon this week welcomed Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar as he visited the Allen Area Community Employment Project as part of his visit to Kildare for the Fine Gael think in.

“I was delighted that Minister Varadkar was able to accept my invitation to visit the Allen area last […]

Paid Paternity Leave to Apply for Babies born after Sept 1st


Fine Gael Kildare South TD Martin Heydon has today (Thursday) reminded prospective parents that new provision for paternity benefit will commence in respect of children born or adopted from today September 1st.”

“Paternity Benefit can now be claimed in respect of children born after September 1st. It will be paid at a rate of €230 a […]