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1. Dear Monika, the first thing you need to realise is that statutory maternity leave does not require you to have worked for two years for an employer in Ireland for you to be entitled to it. So, you should realise that this retailer has not given what you are entitled to in your employment contract. So, the first thing you need to realise is that you are entitled to maternity leave irrespective of whether you have worked for two years for this retailer or not.
2. Under Irish maternity leave law you are entitled to take up to 26 weeks maternity leave and you will be entitled to Maternity Benefit payment during this time from the Irish state. Here is a link to guidance which sets out what your statutory leave entitlements in Ireland are. These apply no matter what your employment contract provides and whether you have been working more or less than two years for this retailer. https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/employment/employment_rights_and_conditions/leave_and_holidays/maternity_leave.html
3. Maternity Benefit if paid at the rate of €245 per week for all the 26 weeks.
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