These contributions are full-rate contributions for State Pension (Contributory) purposes.
Social insurance (PRSI) contributions for self-employed people were introduced on 6 April 1988.
Working out your entitlements
If you started paying Class S contributions on 6 April 1988
, the department may work out if you can get a State Pension based on your PRSI records from that date.
The department will do this if it works out better for you when calculating your entitlement and you meet the other conditions.
If you started paying Class S social insurance (PRSI) contributions after 6 April 1988 , the department will work out your entitlement from the date your first contribution was paid (the date you first entered insurable employment).
Social insurance (PRSI) paid in another country
You may get a proportion of a full pension (a pro rata pension) if you paid PRSI contributions in another country.
The country that you worked in must:
be covered by EC Regulations
have a two-way Social Security Agreement to satisfy the 520 (260) paid contributions requirement
If you live or intend to live outside the State
If you live or plan to live outside the State, the department can pay your pension into your Irish account or in the country you choose to live in.
Request a copy of your PRSI Contribution Statement