Helen Mcentee is to return to her position as justice minister in two days time.

The Meath east TD went on maternity leave last November, with Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys taking over the position until the Cabinet reshuffle.

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris then became the stand in justice minister in December

Due to ministers and TDs not being entitled to maternity leave, previous politicians who have become mothers have claimed sick leave when they take time off to look after their new born baby.

The Government says it will legislate to make the changes needed as regards maternity leave for those holding office.