You should apply for leave eight weeks ahead of the leave starting date, and earlier than this if possible, but no earlier than your 24th week of pregnancy. You should apply for unpaid leave four weeks before the end of the paid leave period.
Maternity leave will apply in the following sequence:
1a. Additional paid maternity leave (if applicable)
1. Paid paternity leave
2. Unpaid maternity leave (optional)
3. Bank holiday time in lieu
If you started working in the Civil Service after 6 April 1995, you must supply a completed Maternity Benefit form (MB1). When completing ‘Part 3’ of the form, please tick the box indicating payment should go to your employer. The Employer’s information will be provided to DSP by the NSSO as part of completing your Maternity Leave case.
You also need to obtain a medical certificate confirming your due date stamped and signed by your doctor. This is a link to a blank medical certificate.
Completed medical certificate can be emailed to Leavemanagement@nsso.gov.ie along with a declaration confirming that you have completed the online Maternity Benefit application and directed the payment of the benefit to your employer.