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#Working Mothers

From TheJournal.ie Lower-income families spending 20% of their disposable incomes on childcare Working Mothers

Lower-income families spending 20% of their disposable incomes on childcare

A new study from the ESRI has looked at how the cost of childcare affects working mothers.

From TheJournal.ie Italian woman who had baby with German soldier reunited with daughter after 71 years World War II

Italian woman who had baby with German soldier reunited with daughter after 71 years

“I never imagined that I would one day be able to hug her”.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why am I working purely to keep my foot in the door? Childcare

Column: Why am I working purely to keep my foot in the door?

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the land of working parents – there’s not much of the pay cheque left after crèche fees, commute and (caffeine) subsistence.

From TheJournal.ie Motherhood and Work: 'Why do more women than men stay at home with children?' BALANCING ACT

Motherhood and Work: 'Why do more women than men stay at home with children?'

Overall, more women than men stay at home to raise children (at least for a short while). But why?

From TheJournal.ie Motherhood and Work: Practical tips for returning to the office after maternity leave BALANCING ACT

Motherhood and Work: Practical tips for returning to the office after maternity leave

For some the end of maternity leave is a sad time, for others it’s something to look forward to – either way there are some practical steps to manage that transition.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Motherhood, guilt and the fantasy of 'choice' Guilt Trip

Column: Motherhood, guilt and the fantasy of 'choice'

Guilt may not be the defining emotion of motherhood but it is certainly one of the most consistent, writes Emily Hourican.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The 'Mammy Wars' – do we judge each others' choices? Mammy Wars

Column: The 'Mammy Wars' – do we judge each others' choices?

Andrea Mara writes: there are no universal truths about the different circumstances mothers find themselves in … and aren’t we all too busy, anyway, to have time to judge one another?

From TheJournal.ie Column: We need family friendly politics if we want more women in the Dáil Opinion

Column: We need family friendly politics if we want more women in the Dáil

Italian MEP Licia Ronzulli has brought her daughter to work with her since she was a baby in a bid to highlight the difficulties faced by working mothers, something Irish politics needs to look at, writes Regina Doherty TD.

From TheJournal.ie RTÉ's Miriam calls TV3 to clarify RTÉ website comments Working Mothers

RTÉ's Miriam calls TV3 to clarify RTÉ website comments

RTÉ host Miriam O’Callaghan goes on TV3′s Midday programme to clarify her stance on working as a mother.

From TheJournal.ie Michelle Obama calls for removal of breastfeeding barriers at work US

Michelle Obama calls for removal of breastfeeding barriers at work

The lack of appropriate places for nursing women to express milk at work leads to fewer continuing with breastfeeding – which is linked to higher rates of obesity, says Obama.

From TheJournal.ie The secret regrets of a stay-at-home mum Parent Wars

The secret regrets of a stay-at-home mum

She stayed home in order to raise her family. Now she’s broke and can’t find a job. Writer Katy Read issues a stark-warning to mothers tempted to give up work to spend time with their children: don’t do it.

Office babies: Is pregnancy contagious?

A new study shows how pregnancy “spreads” quickly through offices.

A NEW DIRECTIVE by the European Commission is being introduced this week, which will allow self-employed women to receive state-funded maternity  leave.

The directive will mean that self-employed women can be granted state funded maternity pay. It can also be extended to women who rely on  self-employed partner working in a small business, such as a family farm, as these women have been identified as vulnerable.

Only one in three women in Europe is an entrepreneur, a fact that has been blamed partly on the lack of support given to working mothers.

Currently in Ireland,  self-employed women are required to have 52 weeks PRSI contributions in one tax year before they are allowed to receive maternity pay. A woman in this bracket would then receive 80% of her weekly gross income for that tax year – providing the amount is not more than the maximum payment of €270 per week.

If a woman does not have recorded earnings, she would qualify for the minimum amount: €225.80 per week.

Women are currently entitled to maternity leave in Ireland, however employers are not obliged to pay women who are on maternity leave.

Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, has said that the move will encourage a better balance between work and family life, and encourage more women to become entrepreneurs – which in turn will help to stimulate the economy.

The Irish government now has two years to decide how to fund and implement the standards outlined by the EU.