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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

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.
Oct 25th 2013, 9:36 AM 15,592 74

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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