Pensions

State Pension

State Pension (Contributory)

At 66, you may be entitled to the State Pension (Contributory). This Pension is paid to people from the age of 66 who have enough Irish social insurance contributions. It is not means-tested. You can continue to work and receive a State Pension (Contributory). This pension is taxable but you are unlikely to pay tax if it is your only income.The Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2011 made a number of changes to the qualifying age for State pensions. The qualifying age will rise to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028.

The State Pension Contributory rates payable for people who qualify from March 2017 range from €95.20 to €238.50 per week and is dependent on the your social insurance contributions paid.

State Pension (Non-Contributory)

If you have not made sufficient PRSI contributions, you can apply from age 66 for a State Pension Non-Contributory (previously called the Old Age non-contributory pension). This pension is means-tested. The Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2011 made a number of changes to the qualifying age for State pensions.  The qualifying age will rise to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028. From March 2017 the maximum personal rate is €227 per week for individuals aged over 66 and under 80.