You may not be aware of the various entitlements that are available to you. If your income is below a certain level you may be eligible to receive a family income supplement from the Department of Social Protection. Also you may be entitled to a medical card or a GP card depending on the level of your income. If you are self employed and give birth you are entitled to paid maternity benefit from the State, and also this is available in the case of adoption.
Make sure that all tax credits are claimed, e.g. medical expenses, tuition fees etc, ask us if you are unsure.
There are some grants and supports available to start up businesses and your local Enterprise Board is a good place to find information on this.