Report calls for maternity leave change
Changes to maternity leave and a new €25m fund should be introduced to promote female entrepreneurs, an Oireachtas committee has recommended.
The moves are part of 12 recommendations made by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in a new report.
An analysis undertaken in 2012, looking at the previous 10 years, showed only 5pc of Ireland's high potential start-ups were led by women, though recent trends were more positive.
The committee says changes in relation to maternity leave should be introduced so that female entrepreneurs would only need to make 39 PRSI contributions in the year before they go on leave, and not the current 52.
This would bring the system in line with female employees who must make 39 contributions. There is also a call for notice for maternity leave be shortened from 12 weeks to six weeks.
It also calls for a €25m fund to support 50 female-led businesses as well as a greater emphasis placed on promoting entrepreneurship to girls at school-level.