Written answers

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Department of Social Protection

Invalidity Pension Eligibility

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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249. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the reason a person in County Mayo has not been able to receive an invalidity pension; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38127/15]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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To qualify for invalidity pension (IP), claimants must have (inter-alia) at least 260 (5 years) paid PRSI contributions since entering social insurance and 48 contributions paid or credited in the last complete contribution year before the date of their claim. Only PRSI classes A, E or H contributions are reckonable for IP purposes.

The person concerned has been in receipt of Disability Allowance (DA) from the 24 July

2002. An application for IP was received from the person concerned on the 21 October 2013.

According to the Department’s records, the person concerned has no PRSI contributions either paid or credited between 1992/93 to 2000 with 17 PRSI contributions paid thereafter. If there is a gap of more than 2 complete tax years in a social insurance record, a person will need to work and pay PRSI contributions for another 26 weeks to be eligible for the award of credited contributions. She, therefore, does not have an entitlement to credited PRSI contributions for the period that she is on disability allowance.

Consequently, her application for IP was disallowed as she does not satisfy the PRSI

criteria for the scheme.


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