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Social Welfare Benefits

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 22 March 2022

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Questions (591, 596, 604, 607)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Question:

591. Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of applications for maternity benefit in 2017, 2018 and 2019, by county; and the overall cost per year by county in tabular form. [14101/22]

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Denise Mitchell

Question:

596. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of applications for maternity benefit in 2017, 2018 and 2019 broken down by county; and the overall cost per year broken down per county in tabular form. [14150/22]

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Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

604. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of applications for maternity benefit in 2017, 2018 and 2019, by county; the overall cost per year by county in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14254/22]

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Seán Haughey

Question:

607. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of applications for maternity benefit in each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 by county; the overall cost per year by county in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14345/22]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 591, 596, 604 and 607 together.

The number of applications registered by county for each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019, for Maternity Benefit, is detailed in the following table:

County

2017 Registrations

2018 Registrations

2019 Registrations

Carlow

559

539

504

Cavan

640

708

714

Clare

1,008

960

989

Cork

5,118

5,166

5,173

Donegal

1,232

1,378

1,241

Dublin

12,929

12,922

12,756

Galway

2,524

2,520

2,466

Kerry

1,178

1,251

1,204

Kildare

2,381

2,329

2,453

Kilkenny

892

898

885

Laois

727

702

762

Leitrim

327

355

325

Limerick

1,714

1,649

1,835

Longford

325

385

333

Louth

1,188

1,188

1,229

Mayo

1,106

1,131

1,156

Meath

1,992

1,995

2,143

Monaghan

667

628

627

Offaly

642

579

631

Roscommon

561

558

579

Sligo

532

609

531

Tipperary

1,453

1,505

1,383

Waterford

948

1,061

962

Westmeath

930

805

781

Wexford

1,300

1,294

1,331

Wicklow

1,356

1,256

1,362

Total

44,227

44,372

44,354

The expenditure by county for each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019, for Maternity Benefit, is detailed in the following table:

County

2017 Expenditure (€m)

2018 Expenditure (€m)

2019 Expenditure (€m)

Carlow

3.24

3.22

3.04

Cavan

3.70

4.23

4.30

Clare

5.84

5.74

5.96

Cork

29.64

30.89

31.16

Donegal

7.13

8.24

7.48

Dublin

74.87

77.25

76.84

Galway

14.62

15.06

14.85

Kerry

6.82

7.48

7.25

Kildare

13.79

13.93

14.78

Kilkenny

5.17

5.37

5.33

Laois

4.21

4.20

4.59

Leitrim

1.89

2.12

1.96

Limerick

9.93

9.86

11.05

Longford

1.88

2.30

2.01

Louth

6.88

7.10

7.40

Mayo

6.40

6.76

6.96

Meath

11.53

11.93

12.91

Monaghan

3.86

3.75

3.78

Offaly

3.72

3.46

3.80

Roscommon

3.25

3.34

3.49

Sligo

3.08

3.64

3.20

Tipperary

8.42

9.00

8.33

Waterford

5.49

6.34

5.80

Westmeath

5.38

4.82

4.70

Wexford

7.53

7.73

8.02

Wicklow

7.85

7.51

8.20

Total

256.13

265.28

267.20

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