Parental leave entitles parents to take unpaid leave from work to spend time looking after their children.
Since 1 September 2019, you can take 22 weeks of parental leave for each eligible child. You must take parental leave before your child’s 12th birthday.
Before 1 September 2019, parental leave was 18 weeks for each eligible child and parents could only take parental leave before a child’s 8th birthday.
Upcoming changes to parental leave
A new paid Parental Leave Scheme that allows parents to take two weeks paid leave each during their child’s first year is expected from November 2019. Legislation needs to be enacted before this change can come into effect.
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(Source: Citizens Information / Welfare.ie)