Parental Leave/Force Majeure Leave
Parental leave is a period of unpaid leave available to teachers for the purpose of the care of children.
A teacher is entitled up to a maximum of:
a) 22 weeks Parental Leave (effective from 1st September 2019)
b) 26 weeks Parental Leave (effective from 1st September 2020) in respect of each child up to the age of 13 years or the age of 16 years in the case of a child with a disability and/or long-term illness
Six weeks advance notice must be given. See Circular Letter 0054/2019 - 'Leave Schemes for Registered Teachers Employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools.' . The section on the Parental Leave Scheme begins on p.81 of the document.
At third level parental leave may be taken in a manner agreed with the employer.