National awareness campaign launched to encourage prospective parents to sign up for Paternity Benefit



National awareness campaign launched to encourage prospective parents to sign up for Paternity Benefit

Varadkar urges parents to apply for Public Service Card as part of application process

A national awareness campaign urging prospective parents to register for Paternity Benefit and explaining how to apply has been launched today by Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar.

The campaign kicks off on social media this week including video and digital advertisements, in advance of Paternity Benefit becoming available on September 1st. Paternity Benefit will be paid at a rate of €230 a week for two weeks, to both employees and the self-employed.

The awareness campaign informs prospective parents that they require a Public Service Card in order to apply for Paternity Benefit. And if they are an employee, they need to give four weeks’ notice to their employer to qualify for the accompanying Paternity Leave.

The campaign features a digital video explaining the scheme and how to apply, and also a digital advert which will be carried on a range of websites popular with the demographic. Both can be found on twitter using

• #paternitybenefit
• at
• and information is also available by calling 1890 66 22 44

Speaking at the campaign launch, Minister Varadkar said: “We want to make sure that fathers- and mothers-to-be across Ireland know that they can start claiming for two weeks of paternity benefit from September 1st.

“That’s why my Department is launching a publicity campaign this week, to make sure that eligible parents apply for this ground-breaking measure, which provides a guaranteed income of €230 a week for two weeks.

“We also want to ensure that fathers know how to apply. It’s really simple, but you need to take a few straightforward steps. You’re eligible for Paternity Benefit when you take your statutory two weeks of Paternity Leave and fulfil the PRSI requirements. You can take Paternity Leave at any time within the first 26 weeks of the child’s life, or following adoption.

“You need to give your employer four weeks’ notice that you’re planning to take Paternity Leave. You can then apply for Paternity Benefit online. You will also need to register for a Public Services Card – just over two million cards have been issued to date. You’ll find all the information on how to apply for Paternity Leave, and how to get your Public Service Card, at”

Date: 2. 8. 2016