There are various types of pension available. If you have contributed to a pension scheme during your working life, you will get an occupational pension or have a personal pension arrangement. You need to deal directly with the pension provider to find out exactly what benefits your pension gives you.
If you made sufficient PRSI contributions during your working life, at age 66 you may be entitled to the State Pension (Contributory). However, if you have not made sufficient PRSI contributions, you can apply for a "State Pension (Non-Contributory)", which is means-tested.
Department of Social Protection, McCarter's Road, Ardaravan, Buncrana, Donegal, Ireland
Tel: (01) 471 5898
Providers of Private Pensions in Ireland:
Ireland has social security arrangements with some other countries that allow you to combine social insurance contributions that you have paid in Ireland with social insurance contributions that you have paid in another country. This can help you to qualify for a social insurance payment in Ireland or in a country with whom Ireland has a social security arrangement.
Social security arrangements that Ireland has with other countries can be divided broadly into two groups:
How to apply:
When you are filling in or completing an application for an Irish social insurance payment, there is a section on the application form that will ask you whether you have ever been employed in an EU country other than Ireland or a country with whom Ireland has a bi-lateral social security agreement.
You will be asked for the following information:
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