Disability and illness

Overview Document An overview of benefits available to people who are sick or have a disability

COVID-19 enhanced Illness Benefit
Enhanced Illness Benefit has now closed. If you have COVID-19 or have been advised to self-isolate, you can apply for Illness Benefit.

Illness Benefit
Information about Illness Benefit, a payment made to people under 66 who are unable to work because of illness.

Invalidity Pension
Invalidity Pension is a social insurance payment that may be paid to people who cannot work because of a long-term illness or disability.

Disability Allowance
A weekly payment to people that have an injury, illness or disability which is expected to last more than a year. Find out how to qualify and rates of payment.

Blind Pension
The Blind Pension is a means tested payment paid to blind and visually impaired people normally living in Ireland. Find out more about this social welfare payment and how to apply.

Treatment Benefit Scheme
The Treatment Benefit Scheme is a scheme run by the Department of Social Protection that helps pay for dental, optical and aural services for people with the required number of PRSI contributions.

Occupational Injuries Scheme - Introduction
The Occupational Injuries Benefit scheme provides a range of benefits for people injured or incapacitated by an accident at work or while travelling directly to or from work.

Injury Benefit
Injury Benefit is a weekly payment made to employees who are unfit for work as a result of an accident at work or because they have contracted a disease due to the type of work they do. Find out more.

Disablement Benefit
Disablement Benefit may be payable to you if as a result of an accident at work or a prescribed disease contracted at work, you suffer a loss of physical or mental faculty.

Medical Care Scheme
If you are an insured employee and are injured at work or contract a prescribed occupational disease you may be entitled to a refund of medical costs.

Disability payments and work
Information on how work or training can affect your disability payment and any extra benefits you are getting.
This document is in: Social welfare payments and work

Domiciliary Care Allowance
A Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment made to the carer of a child with a severe disability who lives at home. Find out more.

Partial Capacity Benefit
Partial Capacity Benefit is a scheme to support people on Illness Benefit or Invalidity Pension who want to return to work.