You qualify for two weeks’ leave under the Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 and Circular 18/2016 for children born or, in the case of adoption, placed, on or after 01 September 2016. In the case of a multiple birth or the adoption of more than one child, the entitlement to paternity leave remains at one single period of leave.
You can avail of two consecutive weeks’ leave, starting on the date of the birth/placement date up to 26 weeks after this date. The leave is for a maximum of two weeks, regardless of the number of children born.
Only one person who is a relevant parent to the child may apply for paternity leave.
You may not avail of paternity leave under the Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 if you avail of Adoptive Leave under Section 6 of the Adoptive Leave Act of 1995.