Children’s Allowance Payment Dates 2022

Children’s Allowance or Child Benefit in Ireland is currently €140 per month for each child.

The annual amount of Child Benefit per child is €1680.

The Children’s Allowance was NOT increased in the 2022 Budget – Instead, the children’s component of all welfare benefits such as Jobseekers etc was increased by €5 a week – but not the monthly Children’s allowance.

Child Benefit is paid out on the first Tuesday of every month.

Early Payment of Child Allowance


When the Monday prior to the children’s allowance payment day is a Bank Holiday – the Child Benefit is sometimes paid early into some bank accounts. (It is often paid on the Saturday or Friday before.) But this is not always guaranteed. This happens in May and June 2022.


See a List of 2022 Bank Holidays in Ireland Here


Children’s Allowance Payment Dates 2022

  • Tuesday 4th January 2022 (Bank Holiday on Jan 3rd – so it could be paid Fri 31st Dec)
  • Tuesday 1st February 2022
  • Tuesday 1st March 2022
  • Tuesday 5th April 2022
  • Tuesday 3rd May 2022 (Bank Holiday on Monday)
  • Tuesday 7th June 2022 (Bank Holiday on the Monday)
  • Tuesday 5th July 2022
  • Tuesday 2nd Aug 2022
  • Tuesday 6th September 2022

Budgeting Tips

It can be useful to see at a glance what date the first Tuesday of the month falls . For some families, a 5-week wait between payments can make a big difference to their budgeting for that month. It’s always best to be prepared.

When the first Tuesday of a month falls on the 6th or 7th, as it does in June 2022 and September 2022, this results in a five-week gap between the child allowance payments.

Maybe a good idea is to work out the weekly amount of child benefit and try to only spend that amount each week.

Tip – to work out the weekly amount, don’t just divide the monthly amount by 4 .
The correct way to convert a monthly payment to a weekly amount is to multiply it by 12 and then divide by 52.

The exact WEEKLY amount of Children’s Allowance per child is :-

  • 1 child = €32.30
  • 2 children = €64.60
  • 3 children = €96.90
  • 4 children = €129.20

If you can manage to spend only this amount of the Children’s Allowance per child each week then you hopefully won’t suddenly be short when the payment date is the 6th or the 7th of the month.


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4 thoughts on “Children’s Allowance Payment Dates 2022

  1. We have not heard of any plans to do this. If people want to avoid visiting Post Offices they can collect payments every 2 weeks.
    Payments are kept for 20 days for Jobseekers, One-Parent Family Payment, Farm Assist, Back to Work Enterprise, Back to Work Family Dividend, SWA Supplements.
    For all other payments – they are kept for 90 days.

  2. Increase is from 4th Jan. Payment date is still expected to be 2nd weeks of Jan. If it comes a week early that’s a bonus.

  3. Child Benefit will be paid from the first day of the month after the child is born.

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