Having a Baby:

Maternity Leave

All female employees in Ireland are entitled to maternity leave from work immediately before and after the birth of their child. Click here for more information.

Maternity Benefit

Maternity Benefit is a payment by the Department of Social and Family Affairs to women on maternity leave from work who have made sufficient PRSI contributions. Click here for more information.

Adoptive Benefit

Adoptive Benefit is a payment by the Irish Government to an adopting mother or a single male who adopts a child in Ireland. It is available to both employees and self-employed people. You must satisfy certain social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions on your own insurance record. Click here for more information.

Supports for Families:

Child Benefit

Child Benefit is a State payment to the parents or guardians of children and young people. Click here for more information.

Parental Leave

Parents are entitled to a certain amount of unpaid leave from work to care for their children. Click here for more information.

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is available to parents in receipt of certain social welfare payments or payments for training, employment schemes or adult education. To qualify, total household income must be below a certain amount. Click here for more information.

School Books Grant Scheme

Principals of schools serving communities in the most disadvantaged areas (DEIS schools) are given a certain amount of funding by the Department of Education and Skills to help low income families with the cost of school books. Some schools use this to offer book-loan schemes. Click here for more information.

One-Parent Family Payment

One-Parent Family Payment is a payment for men and women in Ireland who are bringing children up without the support of a partner. It is subject to certain conditions and you must satisfy a means test. Click here for more information.

Family Income Supplement

Family Income Supplement (FIS) is a weekly tax-free payment available to married or unmarried employees in Ireland with children. It is designed to offer assistance to people on low pay. Click here for more information.

If you encounter any difficulties seeking information regarding benefits for parents please send me an email with your query and I would be glad to find you the relevant information:

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