Child Benefit is a monthly payment of €140 to support parents and guardians. It is paid for each child who:
Child Benefit is not paid on behalf of children 18 or older, even if they stay in education or training.
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.
|Number of Children||Monthly Child Benefit Payment|
|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.
To apply for Child Benefit through MyWelfare.ie. You must have a verified MyGovID to use this service and you must also have a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN). The baby will also be given a PPS number.
Please note that you can only claim online if you are invited to do so by the Department
Application Form: Child Benefit for a child aged 16 or 17 (CB2)
Edition: February 2023
Application Form: Change of events that may affect your Child Benefit claim (CB56)
Edition: September 2021
Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.