In addition, you will be able to drawdown your State Pension (Contributory) at any age between age 66 and 70. Your pension drawdown date will be the date from which you want to start receiving State Pension (Contributory).
Terms and conditions will apply, as per forthcoming legislation
What the State Pension (Contributory) is
State Pension (Contributory) is a payment which you may qualify for at 66 years of age if you have enough Irish social insurance contributions.
This pension is based on your social insurance (PRSI) contributions.
The pension is:
not means tested
not affected by other income
not affected by a pension from a previous employer
How to qualify
The age at which you can receive the State Pension (Contributory) is 66 years of age. You should apply if you have ever worked in Ireland and paid any social insurance contributions.
To qualify, you must have:
entered insurable employment before you turn 56 years of age
paid at least 520 full-rate social insurance (PRSI) contributions since starting insurable employment
paid at least 260 full-rate contributions if you turned 66 before 6 April 2012
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.
How you can estimate your State Pension (Contributory) rate