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How Child Benefit works

Child Benefit is a monthly payment of €140 to support parents and guardians. It is paid for each child who:

  • normally lives with you and is being fully supported by you
  • is under 16, or under 18 if in full-time education, full-time training or has a disability and cannot support themselves

Child Benefit is not paid on behalf of children 18 or older, even if they stay in education or training.

How to qualify

To qualify for Child Benefit, you must meet the Habitual Residence Condition. This applies to all applicants regardless of nationality.

Child Benefit is normally paid to the child’s mother or step-mother. If the child does not live with their mother or step-mother but lives with their father or step-father, Child Benefit can be paid to them.

If the child is not living with or being maintained by their parents, the person caring for the child may get Child Benefit.

Rates of payment

    Number of Children Monthly Child Benefit Payment
    One Child €140
    Twins €210 for each child (1½ times the single rate for one child)
    Other Multiple Births €280 for each child (double the rate for one child)

Child Benefit is paid on the first Tuesday of every month. You usually get your first payment the month after your child is born.

Apply

If your baby is born in Ireland and you are not already getting Child Benefit for any other children, our Child Benefit Section will issue either a PIN number for online application through MyWelfare or a partially completed claim form by post asking for your signature and payment details. This happens after your child’s birth is registered with the General Register Office. Your baby will also be assigned a Personal Public Service (PPS) number.

If you are already getting Child Benefit, your new baby is added to your existing claim (after the birth is registered) and payment begins automatically from the month after the birth. We will send you a letter confirming your payment.

You must have a verified MyGovID to use MyWelfare.

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Address: Child Benefit Section, St Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny , Co. Donegal , F92 T449
Telephone numbers: (074)91644961890400400