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Parents Leave

  • 24-02-2021 2:40pm
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 478 ✭✭ Newbie20


    Hi all. I was wondering if I could get some advice here. My wife has finished her maternity leave and is now on unpaid leave until the summer. We want to avail of “Parents Leave” which is the 2 weeks paid (€245) introduced in November 2019 and which was announced in the last budget as supposedly increasing to 5 weeks in April.

    We have contacted several phone numbers trying to find out how to apply for this leave and are just being given a new person to contact each time. All we want to know is how to apply for this benefit! The gov.ie website talks a lot about this but has no link to a form, a postal address or anything like that (so frustrating)

    Has anybody here availed of this leave? If so how did you go about applying for it?
    Thanks in advance.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,728 ✭✭✭ Millem


    Newbie20 wrote: »
    Hi all. I was wondering if I could get some advice here. My wife has finished her maternity leave and is now on unpaid leave until the summer. We want to avail of “Parents Leave” which is the 2 weeks paid (€245) introduced in November 2019 and which was announced in the last budget as supposedly increasing to 5 weeks in April.

    We have contacted several phone numbers trying to find out how to apply for this leave and are just being given a new person to contact each time. All we want to know is how to apply for this benefit! The gov.ie website talks a lot about this but has no link to a form, a postal address or anything like that (so frustrating)

    Has anybody here availed of this leave? If so how did you go about applying for it?
    Thanks in advance.

    I plan on applying for it after Easter. You apply online as far as I know to the DEASP.

    This is the reply I got from the leave section of the dept of Ed:
    “ At the moment the Department of Education do not have an application form for Parent’s Leave. In the meantime a written application specifying the dates of the Parent’s Leave accompanied by the relevant birth certificate is sufficient as a method of application for the leave. The application should be submitted to the BOM.”


  • Registered Users Posts: 180 ✭✭ strawberrie


    Application is thru www.mywelfare.ie website and by letter to the school BOM.
    The extra 3 weeks are only to come in from April and can't be input on school systems yet.

    Millem wrote: »
    I plan on applying for it after Easter. You apply online as far as I know to the DEASP.

    This is the reply I got from the leave section of the dept of Ed:
    “ At the moment the Department of Education do not have an application form for Parent’s Leave. In the meantime a written application specifying the dates of the Parent’s Leave accompanied by the relevant birth certificate is sufficient as a method of application for the leave. The application should be submitted to the BOM.”


  • Registered Users Posts: 478 ✭✭ Newbie20


    Thank you both so much for your replies. She is going to apply in writing to the Board of Management in school. That should be fine.

    We are still having issues with the application form side of it. She went onto www.mywelfare.ie there but it is saying that she can’t apply without a Public Services Card! It’s getting very frustrating! I saw an article recently where they were encouraging more people to take parents leave. It’s no wonder people aren’t when it’s being made this difficult!


  • Registered Users Posts: 3 lmartmom


    If you send an email to parentsben @ welfare.ie they will send you out a paper form which you can complete and send back to them. I didn’t have a Public Services Card when I applied for parents benefit and was able to do it that way.


  • Registered Users Posts: 478 ✭✭ Newbie20


    lmartmom wrote: »
    If you send an email to parentsben @ welfare.ie they will send you out a paper form which you can complete and send back to them. I didn’t have a Public Services Card when I applied for parents benefit and was able to do it that way.

    Thanks very much for your help. We’ll try that so!


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