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State Pensions

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (305)

Kieran O'Donnell


305. Deputy Kieran O'Donnell asked the Minister for Social Protection if the case of a person (details supplied) will be examined; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53829/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned had been awarded State pension (contributory) at 85% of the maximum rate from their 66th birthday, based on their contribution record as held by my Department.

Following a review of their contribution record for the social insurance years 1971/72 to 1976/77 an additional 213 full rate contributions have been awarded.

The person’s pension entitlement was re-assessed under both the yearly average and aggregated contributions methods. Using the yearly average method the person is entitled to a 90% rate of State pension (contributory), while the Total Contributions approach gives a 96.1% entitlement.

A revised award letter notifying the person concerned of the outcome of their pension review issued on 21 October 2021. Arrears have issued.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.