Paternity Benefit is a payment to employed and self-employed people who are:
on paternity leave from work
covered by social insurance (PRSI)
It is available for any child born or adopted after 1 September 2016
If you are already on certain social welfare payments, you may get half-rate Paternity Benefit. You will be paid for two weeks. You can start paternity leave at any time within the first 26 weeks after the birth or adoption.
Paternity Benefit is available to same-sex couples.
How to qualify
To qualify for Paternity Benefit, you must pay social insurance (PRSI) contributions at Class A, E, H and S (self-employed).
If you are a member of the Defence Forces and you pay PRSI at Class H, you are insured for Paternity Benefit, but it is not payable while you are in service.
Rate of payment
Paternity Benefit is €250 a week, for two weeks.
Paternity Benefit is paid directly into your current or deposit account at your bank or building society. It cannot be paid into a mortgage account.
Your employer may continue to pay you in full when you are on paternity leave. They may require you to have your Paternity Benefit paid to them, and you can choose to do this.
If you have dependants, you may be able to get a higher rate of Paternity Benefit. When you apply, your rate of Paternity Benefit (excluding increases for dependants) is compared to the rate of Illness Benefit (including increases for dependants) that would be paid to you if you were absent from work through illness. The higher of the two rates is paid to you.
If you pay tax, you will have to pay tax on Paternity Benefit. You will not have to pay the Universal Social Charge (USC) or PRSI.
You must submit
an online application or a Paternity Benefit application form (PB1) and
a certificate (a PB2 or a PB3) that confirms when your baby is due or was born.
A major advantage with applying online is that qualifying online applications result in a fully automated award of benefit in a matter of seconds. You can also track the progress of your claim using MyWelfare.ie.
Your spouse’s or partner’s doctor must certify your paternity leave.
ask the doctor to fill in the form below
include this form when you apply for Paternity Benefit
also submit an online application or complete the application form PB1, details above. (The PB3 can not be accepted on its own)
Medical Certificate for Paternity Benefit (PB3)
If you are self-employed, a doctor must complete this form to certify the expected due date of your baby (or the baby’s date of birth). This is required to confirm that you are entitled to paternity leave.