The Irish government are increasing the State Illness Benefit from €188 to €193 per week for an individual with effect from 13th March 2017. This is an increase of just €5 which means some people may still struggle to keep on top of their bills if this is their sole income.
Keep in mind that if you are self-employed you are not entitled to anything.
The financial headache you face when an illness or accident prevents you from working can be severe. Income protection can replace up to 75% of your usual income less any social welfare payments when you’re off work for a period longer than 3 months due to illness or injury.