Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (252)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

252. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the provision for unpaid leave for domestic reasons contained within Circular 05/2010: Force Majeure and Other Urgent Family Reasons Leave specifically allows for leave arising from domestic violence. [13071/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Circular 05/2010: Force Majeure and Other Urgent Family Reasons Leave does not make specific reference to domestic violence, however paragraph 13 states

An officer may be granted special leave without pay- …….. (b) for up to 2 months to deal with other urgent domestic affairs.

https://circulars.gov.ie/pdf/circular/finance/2010/05.pdf

The policy does not give specific examples of ‘other urgent domestic affairs’. This means the policy is inclusive of a broad range of personal reasons for requesting such leave. This is a more flexible approach than prescribing a specific list of circumstances where the leave can be taken as this could unintentionally exclude situations where the leave is appropriate.