You can get child benefit after you register your baby's birth. This used to be called children's allowance.
This is paid to the parents or guardians of children under 16 years of age.
It is also paid to the parents or guardians of children aged under 18 if the child:
- has a disability
- is in full-time education or Youthreach training
The Child Benefit Scheme is run by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
When to apply for child benefit
You should apply for child benefit within 12 months of:
- the birth of your baby
- the month the child became a member of your family
- the month your family came to live in Ireland
How to apply for child benefit
You need to first register the birth of your baby.
After this, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will begin a child benefit claim for your child.
More information can be found on Child Benefit - gov.ie
If your income is not enough to meet the needs of your baby, talk to the community welfare officer at your local social protection office. You may be entitled to welfare allowances.
Maternity Cash Grant
If you hold a medical card you can get a Maternity Cash Grant of €10.16 from the HSE after the birth of your child.
Apply for a Maternity Cash Grant through your Local Health Office.
Free GP visits for children under 6
All children under 6 years of age living in Ireland can get a GP visit card.