Hi all, I need to take urgent leave from work to care for my son for about 10 weeks. I was looking at Carers Benefit - http://www.citizensinformation.ie/e...l_welfare_payments/carers/carers_benefit.html I've worked all my life and in my current role since August 20th 2016. So i have PRSI built up. However my job is telling me I need to be on Carers Leave first and then get Carer Benefit http://www.citizensinformation.ie/e...nd_holidays/carers_leave_from_employment.html I was under the impression that I can just apply for Carers Benefit . Does anyone know what is correct. ? thanks.