Know Your Rights: Maternity Leave Entitlements

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Question: I am due to have a baby in three months and have planned to take maternity leave. Am I entitled to any more paid leave to look after the baby?

Answer: Parent’s leave is a new statutory entitlement for parents that allows each parent 2 weeks paid leave for a child born or adopted on or after 1 November 2019.

It aims to let working parents spend more time with their baby or adopted child during the first year.

Parent’s leave is different from parental leave. It must be taken within 52 weeks of the birth of a child or in the case of adoption, from the date of placement of the child.

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If you have enough PRSI contributions, you get a weekly Parent’s Benefit payment of €245 from the Department of Employment and Social Protection during parent’s leave. In contrast, parental leave is unpaid and can be taken up until the child’s 12th birthday.

You can take parent’s leave in one 2-week block or in 2 one-week periods.You can visit to find more about parent’s leave.


• Contact us in Tralee on Tel: 0761 07 7860 Killarney 0761 07 7820, Listowel 0761 07 7840 Kenmare 0761 07 7810, & Caherciveen 0761 07 7780. Outreach Services; Killorglin Mon & Tues weekly, Dingle monthly, please call Tralee for more information.

Information is also available online at and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000

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