Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (339)

Tom Neville

Question:

339. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a pro-rata UK and Irish contributory pension. [52284/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The person concerned applied for state pension (contributory) on 15 October 2019. According to the records of my Department, they have a total of 360 full-rate paid Irish contributions. Based on their Irish contribution history only, they do not qualify for an Irish state pension (contributory). A minimum of 520 full-rate paid contributions is required. Written notification of this decision issued to the person concerned on 29 October 2019.

Under European Union Regulations, a person’s social insurance record in one or more EU countries can be combined with their Irish social insurance record, to determine entitlement to a proportional or pro rata pension. As the person concerned has a UK social insurance record, details of their UK contribution history have been requested from the UK pension authority.

My Department has been in ongoing contact with the UK Department of Work and Pensions to obtain the relevant UK contribution record. The person’s entitlement to an EU pro rata pension state pension (contributory) will be determined when this record is made available. The person will then be notified in writing of the outcome without delay.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.