Coming home with children

Overview Document Outlines the supports and services you may need to know about when returning home to Ireland with children. Covers employment rights, supports for people parenting alone and caring for a child with a disability.

Returning to Ireland and having a baby
Outlines what public maternity care services are available in Ireland and who is entitled to use them. Outlines your entitlements to take leave from work when you have a baby.

Irish citizenship and passports for children born abroad
Outlines the rules about Irish citizenship for children who were born abroad and have an Irish parent. It also covers the documents you need when applying for an Irish passport for children born abroad.
This document is in: Residency and citizenship

Child Benefit
Child Benefit is a monthly payment to the parents or guardians of children under 16 years of age, or under 18 years of age if the child is in full-time education or has a disability.
This document is in: Families and children

GP visit cards for children under 6
Children under 6 are entitled to free visits to participating GPs. Find out how to register for the GP visit card for children under 6.
This document is in: Medical cards and GP visit cards

Caring for a child with a disability
There is a range of supports and services available to parents and carers of children with disabilities. This document provides a broad overview of the services, covering legal matters, health, taxation, etc.
This document is in: Children's health