In what situation can I claim?
Child benefit is paid to habitually resident parents or guardians of children under 16 years of age or, if the child is in full-time education, full time training, or has a disability, under 18 years of age.
What conditions do I need to meet?
Child Benefit is payable to the parents or guardians of children under 16 years of age and children aged 16 or 17 years of age if in full-time education, full-time training or unable to support themselves. To qualify for Child Benefit the applicant must satisfy the Habitual Residence Condition.
What am I entitled to and how can I claim?
Rates in 2017
2017 monthly rate
2017 annual rate
Please note that adjustments may be made to the rate of payment you receive from the country in which you are employed, to take account of any Child Benefit entitlement you may have in the country in which the children live.
You need to apply for Child Benefit within 12 months of:
- the birth of your baby, or
- the month the child became a member of your family, or
- the month the family came to live in Ireland.
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will open a claim for you when you register the birth of a baby in Ireland. If you are not already claiming Child Benefit for another child a new claim is created by the Department and a partially completed claim form is sent to you for your signature and payment details. If you are already claiming Child Benefit for another child, your new baby is added to your Child Benefit claim and payment begins automatically from the month after the birth. If your child was not born in Ireland or the birth in Ireland is not registered within the required timeframe of 3 months, you must complete a CB1 Child Benefit application form and forward it to the Child Benefit Section of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (see Who do you need to Contact?).
Child Benefit is paid until the child reaches 16 years. Child Benefit can continue to be paid in respect of children aged 16 and 17, if the child is in full-time education, unable to support themselves. A partially completed form will be sent to you before your child’s 16th birthday to confirm your child qualifies for payment.
For citizens from EU countries, or other countries covered by EU Regulations, working in a country covered by EU Regulations, the country you work in usually pays Child Benefit even if your family is living in another country. In such circumstances the Habitual Residence Condition will not be applied.
- Habitual resident - The term ‘habitual resident’ is defined under EU law - see: EU Regulation on the coordination of social security systems. In practice it means the place where you have your centre of interests.
Forms you may need to fill in
- If your child is not born in Ireland or their birth is not registered within the required time (3 months) - form CB1 (pdf);
- Child Benefit for children between 16 and 17 - form CB2 (pdf);
- Send to the Child Benefit Section of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (see: Who do you need to contact?).
Know your rights
The links below set out your rights in law, they are not European Commission sites and do not represent the view of the Commission:
- Your right to parental leave
From the Official Journal of the EU:
Commission publication and website:
Who do you need to contact?
Child Benefit, send your CB1 or CB2 form (see text box above) by FREEPOST to:
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Social Welfare Services Office, St Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny Donegal Ireland.
You can only contact this office by email or telephone
Tel: (0035374) 916 4400
LoCall: 1890 400 400