State pension

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The minimum your daughter would need for a State pension is 10 years of social insurance/PRSI payments. That would give her a pension equivalent to 25 per cent of the prevailing full pension

My daughter is working for a Buddhist charity in Nepal for the past five years. She is 43 years old and has only about two years’ experience of workin(...)

In cases where contributions are missing from a social insurance record, Welfare will ask for any evidence – payslips, P60s, etc – to show that PRSI payments had been deducted.

I wrote last week that a three-year black hole in PRSI contributions relating to time working for a company that subsequently went into liquidation wa(...)

“I anticipate that the first review outcomes will be notified to pensioners in early 2019,” Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty said. Photograph: iStock

More than 70,000 pensioners will receive letters shortly on a review of their State pension and explaining a new method of calculating entitlement to (...)

Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection Regina Doherty, centre, with Helen McDonald, principal, and Jim Duggan, assistant secretary of the department, in Government Buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Many women forced out of their jobs by the marriage bar will be locked out of the State pension reform plan announced on Tuesday by Minister for Socia(...)

The United States is one of the countries with which Ireland has a bilateral social insurance agreement with. Photograph: iStock

I am an Irish citizen currently residing in the United States. I left Ireland in February 1977. I had worked there from August 1974 until January 1977(...)

The Government has promised reform of the State pension system from 2020 but only for people who start work from that date. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has promised reform of the State pension system from 2020 but only for people who start work from that date. Minister for Employment (...)

“I could have stayed in Ireland on the dole and drawn from the government coffers for those nine years but I didn’t; I left at a time of 20 per cent-plus unemployment, was no longer a burden to the State.”

You were writing recently about PRSI contributions and the State pension. Are you aware that more than women are affected by these measures? Anybody w(...)

We are now in the final straight for Budget 2018, shortly Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will walk into Leinster House with a briefcase to deliv(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is promising budget day increases in the State pension and tax cuts for “middle Ireland”. Photograph: Collins

Pensioners are in line for an increase in the budget, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Several Sunday papers report that the Taoiseach is also loo(...)

A glitch in rules introduced in 2014 has put people whose income comes from “unearned” sources  at risk of losing access to the State pension. Photograph: Willie B Thomas

People whose income comes from “unearned” sources such as rent and share dividends risk losing access to the State pension under a glitch in rules int(...)

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