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County breakdown: 10,640 fathers have taken paternity leave since September

Dublin had the highest number of recipients, while Leitrim had the lowest.

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OVER 10,640 FATHERS have availed of paternity leave in Ireland since it was introduced last September.

The benefit scheme allows fathers to take two weeks off work to help care for their newborns, while receiving a payment of €235 per week.

Dublin had the highest number of recipients (2,918), followed by Cork (1,359) and Galway (623).

On the other end of the scale Leitrim had the lowest number of fathers availing (77), followed by Longford (90) and Carlow (126).

Here’s the full breakdown of paternity benefit recipients, in each county, from last September to March.

Paternity Breakdown

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Paternity benefit has the same qualifying PRSI conditionality as maternity benefit. It is only payable to employees and self-employed people who have the required number of PRSI contributions. Paid maternity leave of 26 weeks is offered to mothers.

Read: FactFind: How generous is maternity leave in Ireland?>

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