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Payments from one country only

The country in which you last paid contributions pay:

  • Bereavement Grant,
  • Invalidity Pension,
  • Illness Benefit,
  • Maternity Benefit,
  • Jobseeker’s Benefit, and
  • Occupational Injuries Benefit.

For instance, the Irish Department of Social and Family Affairs will pay a bereavement grant if the deceased or the next of kin last paid Irish social welfare contributions.

If you qualify for Maternity Benefit based on a combined contribution record, your payment will be based on your average earnings in Ireland in the relevant tax year.

Under specific conditions, you may receive any of the payments listed above while residing in or visiting the UK.

  • In the case of Jobseeker’s Benefit, you must have paid at least 39 qualifying contributions as an employee under the legislation of Ireland.
  • You may receive Illness Benefit only for up to 13 weeks if you are a seasonal worker returning to the UK after a period of employment in Ireland.

If you are claiming, or applying for, any of the payments listed above and intending to return to the other country, please inform your local social welfare office before travelling.

Payments from Ireland and the UK

You may qualify for a payment from both countries at the same time in the case of:

  • State Pension (Contributory)
  • State Pension (Transition)
  • Widow’s and Widower’s (Contributory) Pension.

If you have at least 52 Irish PRSI contributions but need to combine your UK and Irish contribution record to qualify for a pension, the Agreement provides for an Irish pro rata(proportionate) pension based on this record.

We use the following formula to calculate the rate of pro rata pension payable from Ireland:

Total number of Irish contributions
multiplied by
Amount of pension due if all the contributions were made in Ireland
and then divided by
Total combined contributions in Ireland and UK.


You have 5 years reconable Irish PRSI contributions and 20 years Isle of Man contributions.

Number of Irish contributions: 5 x 52 = 260 (5 years Irish by 52 weeks)

Multiplied by                         383.50 (per couple rate January 2009)

Equals                                 99710

Divided by 25 x 52 = 1300 (5 + 20 total years by 52 weeks)

State Pension (Contributory) due         €76.70

This example is based on the appropriate personal rate of pension, including an Increase for a Qualified Adult (if applicable). Any Increase for a Qualified Child, Over 80 Allowance and Living Alone Allowance, where applicable, will be paid in full.

If you qualify for Qualified Child(ren) Increases from both countries, you may receive them only from the country in which you reside as a pensioner.

Guardian's Payment (Contributory) is paid in full.

Last modified:25/03/2011

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