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Why new dads are taking more time off work – and why it really matters

Slowly but surely, longer periods of paternity leave are becoming more normal for Irish fathers. And the experts agree — that’s great news for kids. Kirsty Blake Knox reports

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Shane Kelly said paternity leave was such a special time with his son Ben (now 3). Photo: Mark Condren

Shane Kelly said paternity leave was such a special time with his son Ben (now 3). Photo: Mark Condren

David Lawless and his daughter Sophie (2)

David Lawless and his daughter Sophie (2)

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Shane Kelly said paternity leave was such a special time with his son Ben (now 3). Photo: Mark Condren

When David Lawless told some of his friends he was planning on taking several months paternity leave he was met with a degree of ribbing.

There were a few who said I’d spend all the time just playing Fantasy Football and getting coffee,” he says. “But that’s not the case - the day just flies in. You have so many jobs to do.”


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