Social insurance contributions
To get Invalidity Pension you must have at least:
- 260 (5 years) paid PRSI contributions since entering social insurance
- 48 contributions paid or credited in the last complete tax year before
the date of your claim
Note that only PRSI paid in classes A, E and H count. The last complete tax
year is the year before your claim. For example, if you claim Invalidity
Pension in 2015, the last complete tax year is 2014.
Invalidity Pension is a payment for insured people who are permanently
incapable of work because of an illness or incapacity.
To qualify you must:
- Have been incapable of work for at least 12 months and be likely to be
incapable of work for at least another 12 months (you will probably have
been getting Illness Benefit or Disability Allowance during that time)
- Be permanently incapable of work (in certain cases of very serious
illness or disability, you can transfer directly from another social
welfare payment or from your job to Invalidity Pension).
A deciding officer of the Department of Social Protection will examine your
claim and determine your entitlement based on the qualifying conditions
Invalidity Pension and work
From 13 February 2012, Partial
Capacity Benefit replaces the previous exemption arrangements where people
on Invalidity Pension could get permission to work part-time (known as an
exemption) for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes and keep their full
social welfare payment. There is no requirement that the work a person does
while on Partial Capacity Benefit has to be for rehabilitative or therapeutic
Training and employment schemes
If you are on Illness Benefit or Invalidity Pension and want to do a training
course, you do not go onto Partial Capacity Benefit. You apply to the
Illness Benefit or Invalidity Pension section, as appropriate.
If you want to do a Community Employment scheme you apply in the normal
Rate of Invalidity Pension in 2016
||Weekly rate, €
|Aged under 66
*Qualified adults who were over 66 before 2 January 2014 can continue to get
a higher rate.
You may get an increase in your payment for an adult
dependant and any child
dependants you may have. You cannot claim an Increase for a Qualified Child
(IQC) with your Invalidity Pension if your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant
has an income of over €400 a week. You get a half-rate IQC if your spouse,
civil partner or cohabitant earns between €310 and €400 a week. This only
applies to new claims after 5 July 2012.
Invalidity Pension is a taxable
source of income and should be reported to your tax office as soon as your
payment starts. You can contact the Revenue Commissioners
for more information.
How to apply
To apply fill in an Invalidity Pension application
form (INV1) (pdf). You can also get a form from your social welfare
local office. You may qualify for Supplementary
Welfare Allowance while you are waiting for your claim to be processed.
If you have been getting Illness Benefit for a period of 468 days you will
be medically assessed for continued entitlement to Illness Benefit and possible
entitlement to Invalidity Pension. If as a result of this assessment it is
considered that you may be entitled to Invalidity Pension, an application form
(INV2) will be sent to you. When they get the completed form a deciding officer
will examine the claim and determine eligibility for Invalidity Pension.
This does not stop you from applying for Invalidity Pension in the normal
way using application form (INV1).
You can get help to fill in your form from your local Citizens
Information Centre or social welfare local office.
If you think you have been wrongly refused Invalidity Pension or you are
unhappy about a decision of a deciding officer, you can appeal this
Where to apply
Invalidity Pension Section
Social Welfare Services Office
Tel:(043) 334 0000
Locall:1890 92 77 70