Social Welfare Consolidation Act No. 26 of 2005, as amended by Social Welfare and Pensions Act No. 8 of 2007

  • Country: Ireland
  • Law status: Discriminatory law in force
  • Law Type: Employment

Section 47(5) of Ireland’s Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (No. 26 of 2005) provides that a father can only obtain parental financial support if the mother dies within a certain time period after giving birth.

Section 47. (5) Subject to this Chapter, maternity benefit [government financial support] shall be payable to

(a)   a woman . . .
(c)  a man . . .
          (I)
[only] where the mother dies . . . (II) . . . [within 40 weeks after giving birth] . . .

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Note:

Article 40 of the Constitution of Ireland: (1) All citizens shall, as human persons, be held equal before the law.

Contact Information:

Prime Minister Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach
Government Buildings, Upper Merrion Street
Dublin 2
IRELAND
Tel: +353 1 619 4000
Fax: +353 1 6763302
Email: webmaster@taoiseach.gov.ie and  taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie

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Section 47. (5) Subject to this Chapter, maternity benefit [government financial support] shall be payable to

(a)   a woman . . .
(c)  a man . . .
          (I)
[only] where the mother dies . . . (II) . . . [within 40 weeks after giving birth] . . .

Law explanation: 

Section 47(5) of Ireland’s Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (No. 26 of 2005) provides that a father can only obtain parental financial support if the mother dies within a certain time period after giving birth.

Note: 

Article 40 of the Constitution of Ireland: (1) All citizens shall, as human persons, be held equal before the law.

Contact Infomation: 

Prime Minister Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach
Government Buildings, Upper Merrion Street
Dublin 2
IRELAND
Tel: +353 1 619 4000
Fax: +353 1 6763302
Email: webmaster@taoiseach.gov.ie and  taoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ie

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