Disability Allowance is a weekly allowance paid to people with a disability. You can get it from 16 years of age.
If you are in education when you turn 16, you can continue to attend school while receiving this allowance.
There are separate supports available for those caring for children with disabilities.
If you care for a child with a severe disability, you may qualify for Domiciliary Care Allowance.
You may also qualify for Carer's Benefit or Carer's Allowance.
To qualify for Disability Allowance, you must:
Payments for couples
If you are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting and you both qualify for Disability Allowance, you will each get the weekly personal rate.
If either you or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant qualifies for Disability Allowance and the other person is getting another social welfare payment, you will each get the weekly personal rate of your respective payment.
A person in receipt of Disability Allowance can take up employment or self-employment and is means tested as follows:
Disability Allowance payments, including increases for dependent adults or children and other Allowances paid with the payment, are fully exempt from:
If you are getting Disability Allowance and go into hospital or residential care, you will continue to get your payment as long as you meet the qualifying conditions.
If you qualify for Disability Allowance, you may also get extra social welfare benefits with your payment and other supplementary welfare payments.
|Your personal rate||€220.00|
|Extra for dependent adult||€146.00|
|Extra for dependent child (under 12)||€42 (or €21 in some cases)|
|Extra for dependent child (over 12)||€50 (or €25 in some cases)|
You may receive the extra payment for an adult dependent, for example a spouse or partner, if their income is below a certain level. This is called an increase for a qualified adult.
To get an extra amount for a dependent child, known as an increase for a qualified child , your child must:
Payments can be made weekly either directly to a personal account or collected at a Post Office.
To apply, fill in the Disability Allowance application form at the bottom of this page. You can also get this form at your local:
Please send your completed application form and supporting documents to:
Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.