MATERNITY leave and pay should be extended by three months because of coronavirus, MPs have demanded. Paternity Leave. The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D. For many of these babies, the first few weeks of their lives are spent in hospital.

‘Many babies have not met their family members or other babies to socialise in baby groups. The organiser of the petition, Agnes Graholska, explained: ‘With all childcare facilities being closed, many parents face issues of where to leave their babies, and face losing their jobs if they have nowhere to leave them. Entitlements under different situations such as birth of twins, birth to a single mother or premature birth. Rape victims face ‘totally unacceptable’ 12-month wait for counselling service... Feel All The Feels With These 2020 Christmas Adverts, Netflix’s new documentary about a murdered socialite is your next obsession. With six weeks to go until Christmas, Emmet from Rushe Fitness shares his foolproof advice on how to shape up to feel healthier when we do dress up again. Webinar: MHC Financial Services Insight Series with Martin Wolf C.B.E. The Government is acutely aware of the many pressures that families with pre-term babies face and this new measure to extend maternity leave and benefit will ensure additional support for families at a time when nurturing a new life can be daunting and stressful.
Four weeks ago, the Stormont executive introduced a 'circuit breaker' lockdown following... Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. On June 11, the National Women’s Council of Ireland submitted a petition, signed by more than 28,000 people, to the then-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, which called for an extension of the 12-week maternity leave and pay. The Irish Post is the biggest selling national newspaper to the Irish in Britain.

Maternity leave in Ireland currently stands at 42 weeks, with 26 of those under full pay. “In many cases, women gave birth without a partner or loved one present, and faced into motherhood without family or professional support.
My Department, which has overall responsibility for the maternity protection acts, will work closely with Minister Doherty and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, and with the office of the Parliamentary Counsel to make sure that this legislation is drafted in as timely a manner as possible.". The lockdown prevented many mothers from availing of family and professional support in their babies’ first months. “Having a new baby is a magical time, but it can also be very challenging,” Flanagan said.

Mothers on maternity leave are calling for the government to extend paid time off because the pandemic has left them isolated from support services and without childcare to return to …