Social Democrats want it increased from 18 to 26 weeks

Would you like to be able to avail of more unpaid parental leave?

The Social Democrats are proposing the entitlement should increase from 18 to 26 weeks.

The government has indicated it won't oppose the new bill.

Sheila Garrity is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies in NUIG.

She welcomes the move but says paid leave would see both parents more likely to avail of it: