If you are an Irish, British or European citizen and have crossed the border or started cross-border employment until 31 December 2020, the WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT and EU social security rules continue to apply to you. This means, for example, that migrant workers, frontier workers and pensioners benefit from the protection of their social security contributions, can continue to receive pensions and some benefits continue to be exported. Read more >> The underlying mechanisms needed to ensure the continuation of the principles of the existing social security system and the rights and obligations of Irish and British nationals, both with regard to cross-border work and the use of benefits, are now in place. Social security provisions have existed in EU legislation for more than 30 years. They are provided for in Regulations (EC) No 883/2004 and (EC) No 987/2009. For more information, visit the website of the Ministry of Social Protection. 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. If you are completing or completing an Application for Payment from Irish Social Security, a section of the application form asks if you have ever worked in an EU country other than Ireland.
As for long-term payments, you will be asked if you have ever worked in an EU country or in a country with which Ireland has a bilateral social security agreement. The agreements apply to migrant workers who have worked in Ireland and in a country with which Ireland has concluded a bilateral agreement. Persons who have paid social security contributions in Ireland and who have eligible periods of social security (or residence) in the country concerned may, in certain circumstances, have them combined to qualify for certain benefits/pensions. The benefits of the agreements also cover dependants and survivors. 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 get the average annual number of contributions, your spine and non-Irish contributions are added together and the sum is then divided by the number of years (d.b. the number of years from your first social security contribution to the end of the tax year preceding retirement age (66)). The provisions on the recording of registrations apply to all periods that may be charged under the legislation of both countries, whether they entered into force before or since the entry into force of the bilateral agreement. . . .