Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1981

Conditions for receipt.

[1952, Sch. 4; 1970, Sch.]

84.—(1) The contribution conditions for retirement pension are—

(a) that the claimant has entered into insurance before attaining the age of 55 years,

(b) that the claimant has qualifying contributions in respect of not less than 156 contribution weeks since his entry into insurance, and

(c) that the claimant has a yearly average of not less than 48.

[1952, s. 14]

(2) Regulations may provide for modifications of the meaning of yearly average contained in section 83 (4) or of the contribution conditions set out in this section but, where such regulations are proposed to be made, a draft thereof shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas and the regulations shall not be made until a resolution approving of the draft has been passed by each such House.

[1952, s. 66B; 1970, s. 16]

(3) Contributions paid under the National Health Insurance Acts, 1911 to 1952, by or in respect of an employed contributor may be taken into account in such manner and subject to such conditions and limitations as may be prescribed for the purpose of the satisfaction by him of the contribution conditions for retirement pension.

[1952, s.28B; 1970, s. 10]

(4) Subject to subsection (5), regulations may provide for entitling to retirement pension persons who would be entitled thereto but for the fact that the contribution condition set out in subsection (1) (c) is not satisfied.

(5) Regulations under subsection (4) shall provide that retirement pension payable by virtue thereof shall be payable at a rate less than that specified in the Second Schedule , and the rate specified by the regulations may vary with the extent to which the contribution condition set out in subsection (1) (c) is satisfied but any increase of that pension payable under section 86 (1) or section 86 (2) shall be the same as if that condition had been fully satisfied.