Under – 18 Year Old Entitlements

Social Welfare Appeals

Social Welfare Appeals: If you think you have been wrongly refused a social welfare payment you can appeal this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. You can also appeal if you are unhappy about any decision of a social welfare Deciding Officer or Designated Person (in the case of

How Social Welfare Payments are Paid

How Social Welfare Payments are Paid: If you live in Ireland and are getting a social welfare payment, you can request the method by which you are paid. Decisions on the choice of payment method are administrative within the Department of Social Protection (DSP). There are 4 different methods of

Claiming a Social Welfare Payment

Claiming a Social Welfare Payment: The Department of Social Protection has a range of social welfare payments that provide financial support. To get a social welfare payment, you must apply. So, if you think you are entitled to a payment you should apply unless you are certain you don’t qualify.

Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability: A housing adaptation grant is available where changes need to be made to a home to make it suitable for a person with a physical, sensory or intellectual disability or mental health difficulty to live in. The grant can help you to

Taxation and Medical Expenses

Taxation on Medical Expenses: If you pay medical expenses that are not covered by the State or by private health insurance, you may claim tax relief on some of those expenses. These expenses include the costs involved in nursing home care. More information is available about tax relief on nursing home

Medical Cards

Medical Card: If you have a medical card issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE), you can receive certain health services free of charge. Normally, your dependent spouse or partner and your children are also covered for the same range of health services. To qualify for a medical card, your weekly

GP Visit Card

GP Visit Card: If you do not qualify for a medical card you may be eligible for a GP visit card. A GP visit card allows you to visit a participating family doctor for free. Unless you have a medical card or a GP visit card, visits to GPs are not free.

Going Abroad or on Holidays and Social Welfare Payments

Going Abroad or on Holidays and Social Welfare Payments: You can get certain Irish social welfare payments and live in another country. You can also continue to get certain social welfare payments if you are on holiday abroad for a specific period of time or if you are getting medical