To apply for a social assistance payment, you must complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Department of Social Welfare. The return address is printed on the application form. The EU/EEA countries covered by these regulations are Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Austria, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) below. Step 1: Your notional pension is calculated. The notional pension is the rate of the Irish pension that would be payable if your social security contributions, Irish and non-Irish, were treated as Irish contributions. To obtain the average annual number of contributions, your eligible Irish and non-Irish contributions are added together and the sum is then divided by the number of years (d.b. the number of years between your first social security contribution paid and the end of the tax year preceding retirement age (66)). They must have been insurable in Ireland for at least one week in order for a bilateral social security agreement to be applied for and (except in the case of Guardian`s Payment) have at least 52 qualifying weeks under Irish law. When calculating your entitlement to an Irish social security payment under a bilateral social security agreement, your eligible contributions from the country with which Ireland has concluded the agreement and your Irish contributions will be used in a proportional formula to determine whether you are entitled to a payment.
For more information about your Irish social insurance, please see: Bilateral social security agreements are of the utmost importance for pensioners who retire in Ireland after working in one of the countries mentioned above. Note: In agreements with Austria, Australia, Canada, Quebec and the United Kingdom (in accordance with EU legislation), in which less than 52 contributions are paid in the other country and a pension is not granted by that country, the Irish pension is paid on the sum of the two insurance documents without application of the proportional rule. Ireland has social security agreements with other countries that allow you to combine the social security contributions you paid in Ireland with the social security contributions you paid in another country. This can help you qualify for a social security payment in Ireland or in a country with which Ireland has a social security contract. Social security provisions have existed in EU legislation for more than 30 years.. . . .