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Helen McEntee returns as Minister for Justice after six months maternity leave

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has returned to work today after six months of maternity leave.

McEntee gave birth in April, becoming the first woman to have a baby while serving in Cabinet.


She said she has mixed emotions about coming back, but looked forward to getting back to work.

“I’ll be in the constituency today and obviously up to the department later on in the week.”

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys took over the role as Minister for Justice while McEntee was on leave, with Hildegard Naughten also taking some of the duties of Justice.


The Taoiseach said earlier this year that the current legal framework is “based on completely outdated assumptions and attitudes in this area”.

The Government has committed to implementing legislation to make changes as regards to maternity leave for those in office.

IMAGE – “EPP Summit, Brussels” by European People’s Party (CCBY2.0)


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