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State Pension (Contributory)

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 27 May 2020

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Questions (1007)

Bernard Durkan


1007. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a person (details supplied) meets the criteria to receive a State pension (contributory); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8114/20]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Pension entitlement is determined on the basis of the eligibility conditions applicable on the date an individual reaches pension age. The pension age is due to increase to 67 years in 2021. Since the person concerned was born in 1957, they will reach pension age in 2024.

Future pension entitlement will depend on factors such as a person’s social insurance record, their attachment to the workforce, and their countries of employment. It is advisable that all contributors maintain their social insurance record as fully as possible over their working life.

I have arranged for a copy of their social insurance contribution record to issue to the person concerned. They should apply for State pension (contributory) approximately 6 months before reaching pension age. Their entitlement to pension will then be determined on the basis of the eligibility conditions in force and they will be notified in writing of the decision.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Question No. 1008 answered with Question No. 916.