Force Majeure

Force  Majeure Leave covers emergency situations where, for urgent family reasons owing to an injury or illness of a close family member, the immediate presence of the staff member is indispensably required at the place where the family member is.

A family member is defined as follows:

  • Parent
  • Natural or adoptive child
  • Spouse or person who whom the employee is living as husband or wife
  • Brother/sister
  • Grandparent
  • Persons in a relationship of domestic dependency

Pre-arranged appointments e.g. medical/dental appointment for a child or other family member, is not covered under Force Majeure leave.

Duration of Leave
  • Force Majeure Leave is limited to a maximum of 3 days in each 12 months or 5 days in each 36 months period.
  • An employee who is on force majeure leave for part of a working day will be deemed to have taken one force majeure day.
Application Process
  • Force majeure leave cannot be applied for in advance due to it’s immediate/emergency nature.
  • In the first instance your absence on force majeure leave must be communicated to your: Principal/Director/Co-Ordinator/Manager.
  • The application form for Force Majeure Leave must be completed as soon as reasonably practicable, signed by the Principal/Director/Co-ordinator/Manager and forwarded to the Human Resources Department.

Any further queries in relation to Force Majeure Leave, please contact:

Human Resources Department (

Name Downloads
Application Form Force Majeure Leave Application Form
Circular 05/2010 Force Majeure and Other Family Reasons Leave
Circular 17/1999 Parental and Force Majeure Leave for Teachers in Second Level Schools
Circular 19/2000 Substitution for Teachers Compassionate Leave