Parents in Ireland can from 1 Sep 2020 take unpaid parental leave of 26 weeks (up from 18 weeks) for children up to age 12 (up from 8) under an act signed by the president on 22 May 2019 that was first introduced into parliament in 2017. Separate proposals to allow parents to take two weeks’ paid parental leave are under discussion in parliament and could be enacted in November 2019.
Certain elements of the current law remain unchanged. These include the following:
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