Family carers in Ireland will, for the first time, benefit from paid carers leave if a proposal announced by the European Commission, today, April 26th, is approved by the European Parliament.
Warmly welcoming the proposal independent MEP Marian Harkin, who is Chairperson of the Parliament´s Carers Interest Group, said that she had been for many years calling for carers to have paid leave. "This Commission proposal is a first indication that Social Europe is now firmly on the agenda and that the interests of carers, in particular family carers, are central to Commission thinking", she said.
The existence of the Carers Interest Group, which she co-founded in 2005, and its advocacy for carers had been listened to, she said. "While the initial proposal is just for five days paid leave, it is a first positive step in recognising the invaluable work of family carers in Ireland and throughout the European Union. This is one of my proudest days in the European Parliament", Marian Harkin MEP concluded.