Mother’s Helpers

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Minister for Justice Helen McEntee at the Convention Center, Dublin

This afternoon.

The Taoiseach has told the Dáil that Minister for Justice Helen McEntee will take six months of paid maternity leave from April 30.

Via RTÉ

Minister McEntee will remain a member of the Government without portfolio.

Micheál Martin said that Minister McEntee will be provided with the necessary administrative supports to carry out any limited duties that may arise.

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys will be assigned responsibility for the Department of Justice from 1 May to 31 October, in addition to her current portfolio.

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton will be assigned as Minister of State at the Department of Justice for the same period, while continuing with her duties at the Department of Transport.

Minister Helen McEntee to take six months’ paid maternity leave (RTÉ)

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37 thoughts on “Mother’s Helpers

  1. steve white

    Heather Humphreys who misused her ministerial powers weeks after she was first appointed by appointing a party member to state board in order to burnish his credentials for a Seanad seat is Minister for Justice?

  2. johnny

    Humphreys grandfather,Robeet Stewart was a signatory on the Ulster covenant,out of which the UVF emerged (via ulster volunteers),her father is a prominent member of the orange order.

    Why does Finn gael have a death grib on the irish justice department,what are they hiding and why are have two unionist captured,the police and justice in the republic ?

    1. millie bobby brownie

      What has this to do with Helen taking maternity leave, can I ask? Genuine question.

      1. Bitnboxy

        +1 – not to mention the fact that this cretinous attitude will ensure that a United Ireland by consent and mutual respect is a virtual pipe dream.

      2. johnny

        i blame heathers parents,hint Millie….its on the tin,above:)
        (Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys will be assigned responsibility for the Department of Justice)

          1. johnny

            ….cretinous even,yeah BB the orange order is all about consent and mutual respect,tuck in your shirt there,your union jack jockeys are showing just below your beer gut.

        1. Bitnboxy

          Johnny is addressing diddly squat aside from doing a bad impression of Skeletor Cullinane and his “up de Ra” nonsense.

          Boxy is not suffering fools gladly today – either GiggidyPox or wee Johnny.

  3. curmudgeon

    In a statement, McEntee said: “Just as girls of my generation looked to the strong women who came before us for inspiration and guidance, those of us in politics now have a responsibility to make it easier for today’s girls to fulfil those dreams and ambitions.”

    The dream of having tax payers pay for your lifestyle, with no benefit to them in return is surely a dream of men and women alike in govt. & public sector.

    “How many private companies give 6 month paid leave and would the government fund this for all? One law for the rich one for the poor… private sector employees who basically get the dole payment for the duration- its blatant discrimination pure and simple” – John Lyons – Journal coment

    1. Bitnboxy

      Is this a joke? Am I not getting some subtle irony?

      Paid 6-month + maternity leave, whether in the public or private sector, is a statutory entitlement in Ireland for PAYE earners.

      Sheesh.

      1. curmudgeon

        Statutory maternity leave is €245p/w , she will get Approx €1800p/w

        So the vast majority of tax payers will get slightly more than dole money, while tax takers in the public sector & govt get full pay!

        HOW IS THAT FAIR?

          1. curmudgeon

            Let me get this straight, you want to have free reign of the tax take to pay yourself full pay for maternity, but don’t want that same pot of money to spent on private sector workers?

            HOW IS THAT FAIR?

          2. Nigel

            My comment was adressed to private sector workers who are unhappy with their statutory entitlements. They can demand more from their employers and they can demand more from their government. At the same time, if they like. Organise!

          3. Bitnboxy

            As laid out by the Citizens’ Information Board, the basic facts around maternity leave in Ireland are the following:

            All female employees are legally entitled to 42 weeks’ leave (just over 10 months) during and after pregnancy
            You must take maternity leave during the two weeks before your expected due date, and the four weeks after it
            During the first 26 weeks, you will continue to be paid, but the final 16 weeks do not have to be paid
            Rates of pay vary by employer and are specified in employment contracts, but the legal minimum rate of pay during maternity leave is €245 per week, in the form of the Maternity Benefit.

            Most employers in Ireland whether public or private give 6 months maternity leave on FULL PAY.

          4. Bitnboxy

            GiggidyPox – about a million miles away from your reality so I wouldn’t worry about the contents of this thread.

            Back under your rock or do you want me to serve you your derrière again?!

        1. Bitnboxy

          As laid out by the Citizens’ Information Board, the basic facts around maternity leave in Ireland are the following:

          All female employees are legally entitled to 42 weeks’ leave (just over 10 months) during and after pregnancy
          You must take maternity leave during the two weeks before your expected due date, and the four weeks after it
          During the first 26 weeks, you will continue to be paid, but the final 16 weeks do not have to be paid
          Rates of pay vary by employer and are specified in employment contracts, but the legal minimum rate of pay during maternity leave is €245 per week, in the form of the Maternity Benefit.

          Most employers in Ireland whether public or private give 6 months maternity leave on FULL PAY.

        1. Bitnboxy

          CSO 2019 stats:

          Over half (59%) of women on maternity leave in 2019 received a top-up payment from their employer in addition to their maternity benefit payment (bringing them up to full pay).

          There are big differences depending on the sector they work in.

          Some 39.5% of women employed in wholesale and retail did not get a top-up. This was followed by the accommodation and food service industry where 38.9% of women had to make do on the State payment alone. This contrasts sharply to those working in better paid jobs and in public administration and defence where only 1.5% of women did not get a full top-up on their maternity benefit.

          1. curmudgeon

            Did you just lump private sector workforce into the same stat as public sector? WTF.
            So from those stats the vast majority of women in the private sector do not get anything over statutory. Congrats on proving my point.

          2. Bitnboxy

            Sigh, that is a quote from the CSO. Nearly 60% of women in public and private sector get 6 months leave on full pay.

            Private sector women outside of retail and basic jobs thus get a top-up from the basic rate. There is still unfairness in relation to private sector low-paid women but nowhere near the “vast majority” of private sector women are on basic maternity benefit you are Shin-spinning.

            Facts are facts.

    2. ce

      A society were parents are allowed be with the children at a vital stage of life, which will likely help in assuring that the child will be less of a burden to the state in the future… what a bunch of commie nonsense

      1. curmudgeon

        Read my coment above. The people who pay the tax get a fraction of what those who work ostensibly for us

  4. Cian

    It is all moot;

    **All** TDs are entitled to get full pay for the duration of the Dail.

    They don’t have to do anything.
    They can’t be fired.

      1. Cian

        Good point.

        But she would have been able to slum it on €98K without her Ministerial top-up;

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