Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension is a weekly payment to the husband, wife or civil partner of a deceased person.
Either you or your deceased spouse or civil partner must have enough social insurance (PRSI) contributions.
To qualify, you must be a widow, widower or surviving civil partner and you must not be cohabiting with another person.
To qualify, you or your late spouse or civil partner must have A and B (choice of 2 options for B).
A) at least 260 paid social insurance (PRSI) contributions paid up to the date of death of your spouse or civil partner, or paid before their pension age (currently age 66), whichever is earlier
B) a yearly average of either:
39 paid or credited social insurance (PRSI) contributions in either the three or five years before the death of your spouse or civil partner, or paid before they reached pension age (this is called the 'Short Yearly Average')
at least 24 paid or credited social insurance (PRSI) contributions from the year of first entry into social insurance (PRSI) until either the year of death of your spouse or civil partner, or the year they reached pension age, whichever is earlier (this is called the 'Long Yearly Average')
|If you are:||Then you should apply for:|
|under 66 and have a qualified child||One-Parent Family Payment|
|under 66 and do not have a qualified child||Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-contributory) Pension|
|aged 66 and over||State Pension (Non-contributory)|
To get your rate of payment, we first calculate your 'Short Yearly Average'. If this is 39 or greater, you will qualify for the maximum rate.
If it is below 39, we calculate your 'Long Yearly Average'. If this is 48, you will qualify for the maximum weekly rate. If it is 47 or less, you will qualify for a reduced rate of payment.
|Contributions||Aged under 66||Aged 66 or over|
|48 or more contributions||€208.50||€248.30|
Pensions are paid weekly:
If you live in the Republic of Ireland, you should complete the application form at the bottom of this page and send it with supporting documents to:
If you live in an EU country or a country with which Ireland has a Bilateral Social Security Agreement, and you have paid social insurance in that country, you should apply to the social security agency in that country. They will send details of your application and relevant social insurance records to us.
We recommend that you apply for this pension as soon as possible after your spouse or civil partner dies and no later than six months after their passing.
Application form for Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension. (WCP1)Download
Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.