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Register the Birth

A birth should be registered within three months of the date of birth. This registration will be carried out based on information provided by a Qualified Informant who is required to attend at the Office of the Registrar to sign the Register of Births. The mother and father of a child have a primary duty as Qualified Informants and, unless it not possible to do so, must attend personally for the registration of Birth. A birth can be registered at any civil registration office

Child Related Payments

Child Benefit

Child Benefit is a monthly payment for each qualified child normally living with you and being supported by you.

Early Childhood Care & Education Scheme

This scheme is administered by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. For further information contact 01-6354000.

Family Income Supplement

Family Income Supplement (FIS) is a weekly payment for families, including one parent families, at work on low pay. It is not subject to income tax and does not affect whether you can get a medical card.  In order to qualify for Family Income Supplement, either you or your spouse must be engaged in insurable employment.

Maternity

Maternity Benefit 

Maternity Benefit is a payment for employed and self-employed pregnant women who satisfy certain PRSI contribution conditions on their own insurance record.

Health and Safety Benefit 

Health and Safety Benefit is a weekly payment for women who are granted health and safety leave under the Maternity Protection Act, 1994.  Health and safety leave is granted to an employee when the employer cannot remove a risk to her health or safety during her pregnancy or while breastfeeding, or cannot give her other 'risk-free' duties.

One Parent Families

One Parent Family Payment

One-Parent Family Payment is a payment for men and women who are bringing up a child without the support of a partner.”

Deserted Wife’s Allowance

The Deserted Wife's Allowance was closed off to new applications with effect from 2 January 1997 when One-Parent Family Payment was introduced. Deserted Wife's Allowance is a means tested payment made to women under the age of 66 years who have no dependent children, who were deserted by their husband and who do not qualify for Deserted Wife's Benefit

Deserted Wife's Benefit

The Deserted Wife's Benefit scheme was closed off to new applications with effect from 2 January 1997, when One-Parent Family Payment was introduced. Deserted Wife's Benefit is a payment made to a woman deserted by her husband. Entitlement to payment is based on social insurance contributions paid by the wife or her husband.

Prisoner’s Wife’s Allowance  

Prisoner's Wife's Allowance was closed off to new applications with effect from 2 January 1997 when One-Parent Family Payment was introduced.  Prisoner's Wife's Allowance is a means tested payment made to women under 66 years of age whose husband is in prison and who have no dependent children.

Other Schemes

Guardian’s Payment (Contributory)

An Orphan may get Guardian's Payment (Contributory) based on their parent's or step-parent's PRSI contributions. The guardian of the orphan(s) gets the payment.”

Guardian’s Payment (Non-Contributory)  

An orphan may get Guardian's Payment (Non-contributory), based on the orphan's means test.  The guardian of the orphan(s) gets the payment.

Adoptive Benefit

Adoptive Benefit is a payment for an adopting parent who adopts a child. You may get it if you are an employee or a self-employed person and if you satisfy certain PRSI conditions on your own record

Other Benefits

Supplementary Welfare Allowance

Supplementary Welfare Allowance is run by the Health Service Executive through Community Welfare Officers at local offices of the Health Service Executive.”

Rent and Mortgage Interest Supplements

If you are having difficulty paying your rent or mortgage and you are getting a social welfare or Health Service Executive payment, you may qualify for a Rent  of Mortgage Interest Supplement

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

This allowance is intended to help towards the cost of children's school uniforms and footwear at the beginning of the school year.

Fuel Allowance

The National Fuel Scheme is intended to help households that depend on long-term social welfare or Health Service Executive payments and are unable to provide for their own heating needs.  A household may receive only one Fuel Allowance. 

Last modified:08/05/2012
 

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