You can now apply for Maternity Benefit online at www.mywelfare.ie. You will need to set up a MyGovID account, and have a Public Services Card (SAFE certified) which you can get from your local social welfare office or Intreo centre. You should contact your local office to set up an appointment, which usually takes about 15 minutes to complete.
For more information about the Public Services Card, log on to www.welfare.ie.
You should apply for Maternity Benefit 6 weeks (12 weeks if self-employed) before your intend to start your maternity leave.
In certain cases, you may apply after your baby is born. But if you fail to apply within 6 months of the birth of your baby, you may lose benefit.
To apply by post, complete the application form MB1 and send it to:
Maternity Benefit Section
Department of Social Protection
Telephone: (01) 471 5898
LoCall: 1890 690 690
If you are calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call +353 1 471 5898.
Note: Our normal procedure is to process your claim at least two weeks in advance of when you are due to start your Maternity Leave. Notification will issue to you once your claim has been processed.