Compared to other European countries - Maternity Benefits in Ireland are not that great. The UK is about the worst - but Ireland isn't far ahead.
Statutory maternity benefit is payable for 22 weeks. If employed, a weekly rate of maternity benefit (= gross income in relevant tax year (second last complete income tax year before the year in which maternity leave starts) divided by the number of weeks actually worked in that year) is paid. 80% of this amount is payable weekly, subject to a minimum payment of EUR 182.60 and a maximum payment of EUR 265.60
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Maternity benefits vary in Europe