The State Pension (Non-contributory) is a means-tested payment if you don't qualify for a contributory pension based on your social insurance (PRSI) contribution record or if you only qualify for a reduced rate of State Pension Contributory.
It may be to your advantage to be paid the State Pension (Non-contributory) instead of a reduced State Pension (Contributory).
How to qualify
To qualify, you must:
be 66 or over
be legally and habitually resident in the State
satisfy a means test
Rates of payment
Your rate of payment will depend on the outcome of the means test. The below shows the maximum personal weekly rate of payment a person can receive if they have no income from any source.
if you are aged 66 and under 80, the rate is €266 from 4 January 2024
if you are aged 80 and over, the rate is €276 from 5 January 2024