The rate of state pension (contributory) awarded to an individual is based solely on their social insurance record. There is no means / income test for that pension, and therefore pensioners have no limit on earnings that will effect their SPC rate of payment.
The State Pension (non-contributory) (SPNC) is a means tested payment. Wages from employment of up to €200 per week are disregarded from the means test for this pension. Those with means of less than €30 per week may qualify for the maximum rate. Effectively this means that pensioners qualifying for the non-contributory pension may, depending upon their circumstances, earn up to €230 per week from employment without it affecting the rate of their pension.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.