The Children's Rights Alliance has said yesterday's Budget will greatly improve the lives of thousands of children and families.
The new measures aimed at children include an increase in the Family Income Supplement by €5 for a family with one child and by €10 for a family with two or more children.
They also include an increase by €5 to the Child Benefit payment bringing it to €140 per month.
Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance, Tanya Ward, has said the subsidised childcare increase is also a welcome move.
“There will be 8,000 new places in community schemes that is very important, particularly for low income families," Ms Ward said.
“At the moment it is a bit of a lottery, if you happen to live near a community crèche, and let’s say you are on benefit payments or low income, you can avail of that scheme.”