A Guide to Invalidity Pension in Ireland: What You Need to Know

Are you looking for information on Ireland’s Invalidity Pension? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! This article will provide you with an overview of what Invalidity Pension is, who is eligible to receive it, and how to apply. Read on to learn more about this important benefit.

What is Invalidity Pension?

Invalidity Pension is a social welfare payment made to people who are unable to work because of illness or disability. It is means-tested and the amount you get depends on your personal circumstances.

To qualify for Invalidity Pension, you must:

Be under age 66

Have paid enough PRSI contributions – at least 260 weeks (5 years) of full-rate contributions, or at least 520 weeks (10 years) of reduced-rate or credited contributions

Be permanently incapable of work due to illness or disability – this must be verified by a medical practitioner

Meet a habitual residence condition – you must have lived in Ireland, the EU/EEA/Switzerland or another country with which Ireland has a social security agreement for at least 3 months before claiming Invalidity Pension

The amount of Invalidity Pension you get will depend on your personal circumstances, including your age, marital status and any other income you may have. If you have a dependent spouse or civil partner, they may also get an increase on their pension. You can find out more about how Invalidity Pension is calculated here.

Who Qualifies for Invalidity Pension in Ireland?

To qualify for an Invalidity Pension in Ireland, you must:

-Be under age 66

-Have been permanently incapacitated for work due to illness or injury on or after your 16th birthday

-Have enough social insurance (PRSI) contributions – generally at least 104 weeks (2 years) of paid contributions, including 39 weeks (9 months) in the last 2 years before you become unable to work

-Meet the habitation rule – you must normally live in the State

How Much Money Can You Receive with Invalidity Pension?

If you are under the age of 66 and cannot work due to illness or disability, you may be eligible for Invalidity Pension. The amount of money you can receive each week depends on your circumstances.

If you are single, you can receive up to €188.50 per week. If you have a dependent spouse or partner, they can receive an additional €28.50 per week. You may also be eligible for supplementary payments if you have dependent children or certain other expenses.

The amount of money you can receive from Invalidity Pension may change if your circumstances change. For example, if you go back to work or your health improves, your pension payments may be reduced or stopped altogether.

How to Apply for Invalidity Pension in Ireland?

If you are under 66 years of age and have a disability that has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least six months, you may be eligible for invalidity pension. Invalidity pension is a monthly payment from the Department of Social Protection. You do not need to have paid social insurance contributions to get invalidity pension.

To apply for invalidity pension, you will need to complete an application form (available on the Department of Social Protection website) and submit it to your local Intreo Centre or social welfare office. You will also need to provide medical evidence of your disability. This can be in the form of a letter from your GP or consultant, or a report from an independent medical assessor appointed by the Department of Social Protection.

Once your application has been received, it will be assessed by a medical officer and a decision will be made on whether you are eligible for invalidity pension. If you are found to be eligible, you will begin receiving payments from the date your claim is approved. If you are not eligible for invalidity pension, you may appeal the decision.

What Documents Do You Need to Apply for Invalidity Pension in Ireland?

To apply for Invalidity Pension in Ireland, you must be aged 16 or over and have worked in Ireland for at least 2 years. You must also be unable to work due to an illness or disability.

The following documents are required when applying for Invalidity Pension:

-Your original birth certificate or other valid photo ID

-Proof of your PPS number

-Marriage certificate ( if applicable)

-Decree of divorce, dissolution or annulment ( if applicable)

-Death certificate of former spouse ( if applicable)

-Documentation from your GP, consultant or medical specialist outlining your illness or disability and why it prevents you from working

What Are the Other Benefits of an Invalidity Pension?

There are a number of other benefits associated with an Invalidity Pension. These include:

– A reduced rate of PRSI contributions

– An increase in the rate of disability allowance for those in receipt of it

– A medical card for those who do not already have one

– exemption from water charges

– exemption from motor tax


Invalidity Pension in Ireland is a great way to support those who are unable to work due to ill health. This guide has provided an overview of the process and the criteria that you need to meet in order for your application for Invalidity Pension to be successful. We hope this guide has helped you understand more about how Invalidity Pension works and given you an insight into what it could do for you if accepted. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’re here to help!