International Men’s Day allows time to reflect on challenges in health and fatherhood – O’Loughlin

Speaking ahead of International Men’s Day, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Equality, Integration, and Immigration, Fiona O’Loughlin TD, has said International Men’s Day allows time to reflect on health challenges facing men, including mental health, and supporting men in fatherhood.

She commented, „International Men’s Day allows us time to reflect on some of the challenges facing men in modern Ireland.

„Positive mental health remains a challenge for men. Numerous reports have detailed how men find it difficult to open up about mental health difficulties they may be facing. We should be supporting and fostering spaces that allow men to communicate with one another. I have met with and seen first hand how helpful local Men’s Sheds can be in a community. Outlets like these and the dialogue they create should be encouraged.

„There are challenges during fatherhood. Being present during the early stages of a child’s life is so beneficial for both the relationship between the child and father, but also to be home to support their partner during this time. We have seen progress with Paternity Leave and Parental Leave introduced recently. This was also the motivation behind the Shared Maternity Benefit and Leave Bill I introduced which allowed parents share maternity leave with their partner if they wished.

„As we acknowledge International Men’s Day tomorrow we should take time to remember the men in our lives and challenges they may face,” concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.

Fianna Fáil

Fiona O’Loughlin TD

Spokesperson on Equality, Integration, and Immigration

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