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State pensions

Your State pension will provide you with a basic level of retirement income, provided you qualify. The State pension is intended to ensure that everyone receives a basic standard of living in retirement. For example, the full State Pension (Contributory) is €12,912 per year (or €248.30 per week). The State pension increases by €10 per week for those over age 80.

If you have any questions about your state pension/ old age pension/ contributory/ non-contributory pension, contact the Sligo Social Welfare Office directly on 071 915 7100 or email:

Some people do not receive a full State pension because they have not been credited with enough PRSI contribution payments. In these cases lower levels of State pension may be paid.

If you want to find out more about State pensions you should look for information on the Department of Social Protection website

State pension age

The State currently provides two types of retirement pension: State Pension (Contributory) and State Pension (Non-Contributory)...

Additional benefits

In addition to your pension from the State, there may also be a Qualified Adult’s allowance and/or a Qualified Child’s allowance payable, if the conditions for their payment are met...


You will be entitled to a contributory State pension if you pay sufficient PRSI contributions at the appropriate rate while in paid employment...

PRSI contributions

There are a variety of PRSI classes which determine the contribution payable by you and the benefits available to you...

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