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