State to fund fertility treatment for gay and straight couples

Under the current rules, maternity leave is only paid two weeks before a baby's due date

1st October, 2017
State to fund fertility treatment for gay and straight couples
A new mother holds her newborns toes Pic: iStock

Mothers of premature babies are going to be given longer maternity leave.

And the government is going to follow through on a commitment by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to fund IVF fertility treatment for both straight and same sex couples trying to have a baby.

Under the current rules, maternity leave is only paid two weeks before a baby's due date.

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