Fianna Fail has introduced a Bill in the Dáíl which will allow parents to share maternity leave.

It's hoped the legislation will give parents the flexibility to decide how to make their maternity leave work best for them.

Mayo TD Lisa Chambers along with Kildare TD Fiona O'Loughlin have sponsored the Shared Maternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2018.

Deputy Chambers says the Bill allows both parents of a child to share this 26 week period of paid maternity leave between them.

She also says it won’t place any additional cost on the Exchequer as it does not extend the current timeframe that already exists.

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