The main purpose of the Agreement is to protect the social welfare rights of people who have worked and paid full rate and/or modified social security contributions in Ireland and in the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The Agreement allows these people to combine the period of contributions in each place, if necessary, to qualify for a social security payment under either Irish or UK law.
The Agreement also deals with the social security status of workers who are sent to work temporarily from Ireland to the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands and vice versa.
Different legislation applies to the Isle of Man, to Jersey and to Guernsey and the islands of Alderney, Herm and Jethou. For simplicity, where this booklet uses the term UK, it normally refers to all of these areas.