Bilateral agreements are in place with countries such as the United States covering areas like pensions

Regarding your recent article – Making Sense of the New Way of Qualifying for a State Pension – prior to emigrating to the United States in 1985, I wo(...)

Increases in PRSI for workers and employers to address a Covid-driven increase in the social insurance fund deficit have been examined by officials ahead of the budget. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

The Government has been urged to introduce significant increases in PRSI payments for employees, employers and the self-employed from 2023. The call (...)

A new system of calculating eligibility for the State pension is due to come in over the next couple of years. Photograph:  Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

I am intending to move to Ireland in 2020 and have previously never worked in the Republic of Ireland. On initiation of employment in Ireland, would(...)

We are going to be hearing a lot about the state pension over the next year or so

I came to work in Ireland in September 1999, and currently have 19 full year contributions (19 x 52 = 988) at end of 2018. I will be retiring from my (...)

Should self-employed pay more in social insurance to access a broader range of benefits?

Last month the Government announced plans to widen the net of eligibility for those who need State support when their business dries up. From November(...)

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(...)

A man holds an anti-Brexit banner on Westminster Bridge in London. Photograph: Yves Herman/File Photo/Reuters

Brexit is proving even more of a headache than most people had anticipated. And the closer the deadline for agreement looms, the higher the risk that (...)

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(...)