Agencies to contact

There are a range of entitlements and benefits that you may be entitled to if your child has a disability, to support you as a family and to help maximise your child's potential. Click here for an introduction to entitlements and benefits.

There are several different agencies that deal with benefits and entitlements. We have listed some of the important ones below.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) deals with:

  • Drug Payments Scheme
  • Long-Term Illness and Disability Scheme
  • Medical Card
  • GP Visit Card
  • Free Nappies Scheme
  • Diet Supplement Scheme
  • Mobility Allowance
  • Motorised Transport Grant

Callsave the HSE 1850 24 1850 for details of where to apply.

The Department of Social Protection deals with:

  • Child Benefit
  • Carer’s Allowance and Half-Rate Carer’s Allowance
  • Carer’s Benefit
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • Respite Care Grant
  • Disability Allowance
  • Free Travel Pass
  • Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) Credits

Tel: Department of Social Protection Head Office 01-704 3000


The Revenue Commissioners

The Revenue Commissioners provide allowances and exemptions from certain taxes and duties for people with disabilities and their families. These include:

  • Incapacitated Child Tax Credit
  • Health/Medical Expenses Tax Relief (Med 1 and Med 2)
  • Home Carer’s Tax Credit
  • Homemaker’s Years Credits
  • Relief on Vehicles for Drivers and Passengers with Disabilities
  • Allowances for Employing a Carer



As payment rates change over time, you can find the most up to date rates for the entitlements and benefits on the Citizens Information Website.

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Author:Enable Ireland & Informing Families Project Co-ordinator
Date Created1 October 2009


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