You will give written notification to your school of your intention to take your leave with four weeks’ notice from the proposed commencement of the leave.
This notification should be accompanied by a medical certificate confirming the expected birth date, or a copy of the birth certificate if notification is given after the baby is born.
In the case of adoption, the written notification will be accompanied by either the declaration/official placement order, or placement certificate if you’re giving notification after the child has been placed with you, or in the case of a foreign adoption, a Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability from the Adoption Authority of Ireland
After your baby is born, or placed with you, and no later than seven days after your leave commences, you will submit the application form here (PDF) at Appendix A from Chapter 4, circular 54/2019.
You must also apply to the DSP for paternity benefit, details here. If you have a verified MyGovID, you can apply for your paternity benefit online through MyWelfare, uploading a PB2 form as supporting evidence. Alternatively, you may request a postal application for your Paternity Benefit from the DSP.
The application procedure for paternity leave is set out in detail at part 3 of Chapter 4, circular 54/2019.