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Mary Kenny

Babies are wonderful, but beware fear of missing out

Mary Kenny



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We should, I think, all welcome the statement made on behalf of Irish Justice Minister Helen McEntee that she intends to take her full six months of maternity leave - not just for her own benefit, but to "pave the way" for other female politicians' rights. (At present there is no provision for TDs to take maternity leave, although this is likely to be amended in the near future).

It's absurd that women in the Oireachtas should have to provide a "sick note" when they take time off to have a baby. Pregnancy and childbirth are not, in the normal course of events, an illness. Maternity leave should be an entitlement, supported in all circumstances.

Ms McEntee's approach is in positive contrast to my own generation, giving birth back in the 1970s and 1980s. We vied with one another, if I remember right, to show how little maternity leave we could take.


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