291. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a parent can lose out on parental leave by virtue of the fact their child reaches the upper qualifying age limit in cases in which the parent is out on carer's leave caring for another child in the family with a disability; his plans to address this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9392/18]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy will be aware, the Government has approved drafting of a Family Leave Bill, which will consolidate all existing family leave legislation such as parental leave, carer's leave, maternity leave and adoptive leave into one Act while making necessary amendments and improvements. 
There will be an opportunity for any anomalies, such as the one that the Deputy has raised, to be considered within the context of this project.