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# Parental Leave

Last year
State parental leave expanded to seven weeks
New parents can now take up to seven weeks leave as part of measures introduced by the Departments of Children and Social Protection.
All time
Justice Minister plans to take maternity leave after having her baby
There are no legal provisions for TDs to take parental leave.
'Maternity leave is a human right': TD calls for parental leave for TDs
Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns says it is ‘incredible’ that it does not already exist.
Paid maternity and paternity leave to be extended by two weeks
New legislation will provide for extra paid leave for each parent of a child who is born, or adopted, from 1 November 2019.
Four more weeks of unpaid parental leave available from September
This will increase the unpaid parental leave from 18 weeks to 22 weeks from 1 September 2019.
Diageo to offer 26 weeks fully paid paternity leave to male employees in Ireland
Diageo is introducing the paid paternity scheme from 1 July.
Parental Leave: 'Fathers have moved on from sitting in the pub next door to the hospital - Ireland has not'
A lot of what governs Ireland is stuck in the 1960s and hasn’t moved on at all. Parental Leave is one such thing, writes Derek Power.
FactFind: Maternity, paternity and parental leave - how much time do new parents get?
Male same-sex couples are now also being recognised under the parental leave proposal.
'It's about a culture change': New welfare payment which could benefit up to 60,000 parents announced
Details of the Parental Leave scheme were announced this morning.
Parents to get an extra two weeks' paid parental leave from next year
The measure will be introduced from November 2019.
European Parliament proposes new rules for parents to juggle work and home commitments
This will include the right to flexible working hours for parents with children 10 years and under.
Play golf on paternity leave? You're lucky to have time to breathe
The government is reportedly considering making paid paternity leave mandatory for all new fathers.
Poll: Should paternity leave be mandatory?
The Irish Times reports today that the government is planning on introducing both two weeks’ paid parental leave and mandatory paternity leave.
Government will not oppose Bill that will extend unpaid parental leave to six months
Under current rules, parents are entitled to 18 weeks unpaid leave.
Poll: Do you feel that you had sufficient maternity or paternity leave?
A case this week shed light on our current entitlements.
Some new fathers fear taking parental leave will hamper their chances of promotion
28% of people working in technical roles believe fathers may be viewed as less committed to their job if they take full parental leave.
New parents to receive extra four weeks of parental leave
Two separate schemes are being rolled out.
Poll: Should mothers and fathers be allowed share parental leave?
New plans could see more mothers re-enter the workforce.
No plans to introduce paid paternity leave for new fathers
Joan Burton says paternity leave would not only need a new law, but have significant cost implications for employers.
Poll: Should paid parental leave cover a child's first year?
That proposal has been made in a submission to the National Early Years Strategy – but what do you think?
TDs to debate legislation giving maternity leave rights to TDs
Fianna Fáil’s Seán Ó Fearghaíl will introduce a bill which would formally give female TDs some time off if they fall pregnant.
Parental leave extended from 14 weeks to 18 weeks
Parents returning back to work from parental leave will also be allowed to request a change in their working hours or pattern.
Equality Authority: Surrogacy case goes to higher court
A woman who has become a mother via a surrogate is seeking maternity benefit has failed in her case at the Equality Tribunal. The Equality Authority is pushing for equal benefits.
Column: How to make parental leave work for dads in Ireland too
Journalist Philip O’Connor says the system of parental leave in Sweden, where he lives, benefits children, parents and the unemployed – and it is ideal for recessionary Ireland.
Buxom young woman comments were "completely inappropriate", says head of ISME
Mark Fielding has apologised for his comments concerning the employment prospects of young women under new proposed maternity -leave laws.
Parliament to vote on extending paid parental leave across EU
But ISME warns employers won’t hire “buxom young women” if they’re forced to top up maternity pay.