You may get half-rate Maternity Benefit if you are getting any of the following payments:
One-Parent Family Payment
Widow's, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner Contributory Pension
Widow's, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner Non-Contributory Pension
Deserted Wife's Benefit
Prisoner's Wife's Allowance
Deserted Wife’s Allowance
Death Benefit by way of Widow’s, Widower’s, Surviving Civil Partner’s or Dependent Parent(s) Pension (under the Occupational Injuries Scheme).
Half-rate Carer’s Allowance
If you are providing full-time care to another person, you may also qualify for a half-rate Carer’s Allowance along with a standard rate Maternity Benefit. For more information, log on to www.welfare.ie.