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Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

How Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension works

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.

How to qualify

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

and

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')

or

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 do not qualify for this pension

    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)

Rates of payment

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
    36-47 contributions €205.40 €243.40
    24-35 contributions €202.90 €237.70

Pensions are paid weekly:

  • at your local post office using your Social Services Card or Public Services Card

or

  • by direct payment into your current or deposit (savings) account in your selected financial institution

Apply

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:

Social Welfare Services
Address: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, College Road, Sligo, F91 T384
Telephone numbers: (071)91571001890500000

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.

Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension Application Form

Application form for Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension.

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