Social Insurance (PRSI) Payments

To qualify for a social welfare payment you and/or your employer must have paid PRSI on your behalf two years before the tax year in which you are applying. For example, if you apply for a social welfare payment in 2015, PRSI must have been paid on your behalf in 2013.

Payments based on your PRSI contributions include:

  • Illness Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Benefit
  • Maternity Benefit
  • Adoptive Benefit
  • Health and Safety Benefit
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Widow/Widower/Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension
  • Guardian’s Payment (Contributory)
  • State Pension (Contributory)
  • Treatment Benefit
  • Occupational Injuries Benefit
  • Carer’s Benefit

For up-to-date information about each of these payments, please visit your local Department of Social Protection office or Citizens Information Bureau or find further information here.