Maternity Leave

  • Fianna Fail has introduced a Bill in the Dáíl which will allow parents to share maternity leave.

    It's hoped the legislation will give parents the flexibility to decide how to make their maternity leave work best for them.

    Mayo TD Lisa Chambers along with Kildare TD Fiona O'Loughlin have sponsored the Shared Maternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2018.

    Deputy Chambers says the Bill allows both parents of a child to share this 26 week period of paid maternity leave between them.

    She also says it won’t place any additional cost on the Exchequer as it does not extend the current timeframe that already exists.

  • A Fianna Fail Bill, which would allow mothers to share their maternity leave with their partners if they so wish, was debated in the Dáil last week.

    The Bill was introduced by Mayo TD Lisa Chambers and her party colleague Fiona O'Loughlin, who say it's a progressive Bill that would allow parents to decide what works best for them in terms of raising their young children.

    Deputy Chambers says the 26 weeks maternity leave could be shared by a baby's parents in some circumstances, for example where the mother is self-employed.

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    New parents are in line for an extra two weeks of paid leave as part of Budget 2019.

    According to the Irish Independent, the extra leave will run alongside current maternity and paternity benefits.

    It's understood the leave is non transferable between parents -  and must be taken in the first year of a child's life.