Forcing people to choose between their salary and family or their own physical and mental health is heartless. It’s especially cruel and even dangerous for a newborn. It is time to ask Irish employers to pay their female employees a fair maternity allowance.
Amid all the fuss about the new National Maternity Hospital, we recently learned that Ireland offers one of the lowest levels of paid maternity leave in Europe at €250 per week. That’s a breathtakingly meager amount, well below minimum wage for a full-time workweek.