I can't link it - but a story in yesterday's Sunday Times reported that "Bereavement Leave" has been quite dramatically extended for Civil Servants following "negotiations" with the unions.
Death of Spouse or partner: increased from five to 20 days. (fourfold increase)
Death of close family member including parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren: increased from three to five days. (This leave also applies to in-laws and "immediate relatives" of cohabiting partners.)
Death of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews: one day off which can be increased to up to five days in "exceptional" circumstances.
A quick, off-the top-of-my-head calculation has revealed that, had I been a Civil Servant under these rules, I would have had at least two months fully-paid leave over the last ten years in order to "grieve."
I was looking this stuff up a couple of weeks ago (so "old rules"), it's normally pretty public information.
Here's the 2009 circular I referred to: http://circulars.gov.ie/pdf/circular/fi ... 009/22.pdf
Actually, added 2017 to the search terms and found this:http://circulars.gov.ie/pdf/circular/per/2017/01.pdf
haven't digested it but do see "twenty" working days there for first category... I'll let others read further
(edit: HiFi, hadn't seen your post as I hit send. Still, the links above are effectively the internal circulars sent to managers/staff within the Civil Service to implement these changes, so probably useful.)