What is Child Benefit?
Child Benefit is a non-taxable monthly payment given
to the parents or guardians of children under 16.
It is also available for children aged 16-17, provided
they're in full-time education or training, or if they
have a disability and can't support themselves.
It is typically paid to the mother or step-mother, although the father or step-father can also receive it if the child lives with them. People other than parents can also receive the benefit if they are caring for the child.
How to qualify for Child Benefit:To qualify for Child Benefit, you must live in Ireland and satisfy the Habitual Residence Condition Application Form (HRC1).
Rates of Payment:Child Benefit is €140 a month for each child, paid on the first Tuesday of every month. For twins, the payment is one-and-a-half times the normal monthly rate for each child. For triplets and other multiple births, it's double the normal monthly rate for each child.
Changes in CircumstancesChange of address, a child no longer living with you, or a child aged 16 or 17 leaving full-time education, among others, must be reported to the DSP in writing using Child Benefit - change of events Application Form (CB56).
How to Apply:Applying for Child Benefit after a child's birth involves registering the birth within 3 months. The DSP then initiates a Child Benefit claim. If the child was not born in Ireland or wasn't registered within 3 months, you must fill in the Child Benefit CB1 form.