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Government to double Ireland’s child benefit, announcement could come in Budget

Dublin: The ruling front wants to double the current monthly amount of child benefit in Ireland.

Instead of paying 140 euros per child, it is proposed in the next budget to increase it to 280 euros per month. A family with three children would receive €840 per month, while parents with four children would receive €1,120 per month if the proposal were implemented. 638,000 families in Ireland would receive this benefit.
As a decision of the joint ruling parties, there are indications that this proposal may be included in the budget.

The ruling coalition has also agreed to extend paid parental leave by two weeks, allowing parents to take up to nine weeks off work following the birth of their children.

In addition to fulfilling Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s pledge to end child poverty, the ruling party wants to introduce a budget that supports families in general.

Heather Humphreys, Minister of Social Protection, is also in favour of budget funding for the new proposals. On October 10, the budget for the coming year will be presented. Discussions on the issues to be included in the budget are in progress.

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