Parents could be in for a further payment – of two weeks paid parental leave, under Government plans.

Parents are entitled to 18 weeks of parental leave, unpaid at present, during their child’s first eight years.

Reports suggested that the Government is considering making paternity leave mandatory, a suggestion the Minister for Social Protection has denied.

Regina Doherty says she’s trying to bring up the numbers of fathers taking the leave they’re owed, and she rubbished media reports Dads take the two weeks leave to play golf;

Fathers around the country have reacted positively to the news, with many saying they'd welcome the opportunity for further time with their new child.