Information Circular No 43/2017: Changes to Leave Allowances

By Industrial Relations Officer

Further to a the submission of a claim earlier this year, the Department of Defence have agreed to apply the terms of DPER Circular 01/2017 to those members of the Defence Forces represented by PDFORRA.

The Circular provides for the following:

(a)        Where there is the death of a spouse (including a cohabiting partner), child (including adopted children and children being cared for on the basis of ‘in loco parentis’) or any person in a relationship of domestic dependency, the amount of bereavement leave shall be twenty working days.

(b)        Where there is the death of another immediate relative*, the amount of bereavement leave shall be five working days.

(c)        Where there is the death of an uncle, aunt, niece or nephew, the amount of bereavement leave shall be one day. In exceptional circumstances, where the civil servant lived with the deceased at the time of their death, or has to take charge of funeral arrangements, this limit may be extended to five working days.

(d)       In the event of a stillbirth or prenatal death of a child after twenty four weeks pregnancy, bereavement leave of ten days may be granted to (i) the father of the child, (ii) the spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, as the case may be, of the mother of the child, or (iii) a parent of the child under Section 5 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 where the child is a donor-conceived child within the meaning of Part 2 of that Act.

PDFORRA has requested that personnel be permitted to avail of this leave on the basis of the applicability of the Circular, pending amendment of the applicable regulation.

* For the purposes of bereavement leave “immediate relative” means (a) father, step-father, mother, stepmother, brother, step-brother, half-brother, brother-in-law, sister, step-sister, half-sister, sister-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandfather, grandmother or grandchild of an officer; (b) a similar immediate relative of a cohabiting partner.


Issued on the 30/11/2017

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