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Poll: Do you support the new standarised rate of maternity benefit?

Maternity benefit will be standarised at €230 per week for new claimants from January.

Pregnant women expecting their babies very soon outside Holles Street Maternity Hospital
Pregnant women expecting their babies very soon outside Holles Street Maternity Hospital
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

THERE WILL BE a protest outside the Dáil today against cuts to maternity benefit announced in last week’s budget.

The changes mean that maternity benefit will be standarised at €230 per week for new claimants from January. Currently, it lies between €217 – €262 for women.

The National Women’s Council say that the decision will lead to a “de-facto reduction of €32 per week for the vast majority of women”.

So today we’re asking: Do you support the new standardised rate:


Poll Results:

No (2020)
I'm not sure (1804)
Yes, it's difficult but cuts have to be made (1114)
Yes, it is an equitable money saving measure (640)




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