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Invalidity Pension

Invalidity Pension is a weekly payment to people who cannot work because of a long-term illness or disability and are covered by social insurance (PRSI).

  • Invalidity Pension is a weekly payment to people who cannot work because of a long-term illness or disability and are covered by social insurance (PRSI).

  • At 66, you transfer automatically to the State Pension (Contributory) at the full rate.

  • Invalidity pension is taxable income and should be reported to your tax office as soon as payment starts.

  • Invalidity pension entitles you to a free Travel Pass.

  • Self-employed people who have paid sufficient class S PRSI contributions are entitled to apply for Invalidity Pension.

  • If you have been getting Illness Benefit (for a minimum of 6 months) or Invalidity Pension and wish to return to work, you may qualify for Partial Capacity Benefit if your capacity for work is reduced by your medical condition.

  • To get Invalidity Pension you must have at least:

    ○ 260 (5 years) paid PRSI contributions since entering social insurance

    ○ 48 contributions paid or credited* in the last OR second-last complete contribution year before the date of your claim (*Note that class S contributors don't qualify for credits)

  • To qualify you must:

    ○ Have been incapable of work for at least 12 months and be likely to be incapable of work for at least another 12 months (you may have been getting Illness Benefit or Disability Allowance during that time)

    Or

    ○ Be permanently incapable of work (in certain cases of very serious illness or disability, you can transfer directly from another social welfare payment or from your job to Invalidity Pension).

  • Rates:

○ 203.50 / week.

○ + €145.30 for a qualified adult.

○ + €31.80 for a qualified child (full rate) / €15.90 half rate.

For comprehensive treatment on Invalidity Pension see Citizens Information and /or Dept of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.