114. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a person that takes parental leave in the form of one day per week is entitled to retain that pattern of work and leave (details supplied); and his plans to provide for such an entitlement. [9212/18]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy will be aware, Parental Leave is provided for in the Parental Leave Act 1998, as amended by the Parental Leave (Amendment) Act 2006, and further regulated by the European Union (EU) Parental Leave Directive 2010/18/EU which was transposed into Irish Law on 8 March 2013.
Section 7 of the Parental Leave Act 1998 stipulates that Parental Leave may consist of a continuous period of weeks or, with the agreement of the employer, one or more days or hours, or a combination of same, on or during which, but for the leave, the employee would be working in the employment concerned.
The Act does not provide for an employee to continue with a daily or hourly pattern of parental leave once the agreement of the employer to the arrangement is withdrawn.