have you considered whether you could qualify for maternity benefit, as you worked until recently? last day of insurable employment must be within 16 weeks of your due date so if you could even get a weeks work you could potentialy qualify for maternity benefit. see http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Publication...oIqualify.aspx
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edit: just realised your baby is almost due so its probably too late now to do that.