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