Parents would receive five days of unpaid leave to look after sick children under new legislation which was discussed at Cabinet today.

Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman brought a draft of a new Work-Life Balance Bill aimed at providing more family friendly workplaces.

This new bill will bring the European Union's work-life balance directive into Irish law.

Five days of unpaid leave would be available for all family members to support those with medical needs.

Carers or parents would also have the right to request flexible or compressed work hours.

The legislation will also extend entitlement to paid breastfeeding breaks from the current six months to two years.

The bill would also introduce paid leave for victims of domestic violence.

However, this detail is still being worked on and will be introduced in the Dáil later as an amendment.