Pensions in Ireland is paid to people from the age of 66 who have enough social insurance contributions. People who qualify for a state pension are also allowed to have other incomes and still receive the State pension. The State pension is taxable, but if the pension is the only source of income it is not likely to be taxed.

In order to qualify for the State pension an individual must have started paying social insurance before the age of 56 and have paid at least 520 full rate social insurance contributions. An individual must also have at least 48 paid or credited full rate contributions from the year they started insurable employment until reaching 66 years of age.

Recent research has shown that only 32% of people would like to continuing to work after the age of 66. This is concerning due to the increasing financial pressure leading to delay in retirement. Another recent statistic gathered from 1,000 employers revealed that only 61% of employees believe that they will have no choice but to work past the age of …

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Irish Times article by John McCartney, Lorcan Sirr & Karl Deeter

The Irish Times carried an article by John McCartney (Savills), Lorcan Sirr (DIT Bolton St) and Karl Deeter (Irish Mortgage Brokers) about the issues surrounding a shift away from a home ownership model.

Our point isn’t that there is a definitive ‘right or wrong’ way to provide housing, obviously our market has massive issues at present, but the larger question is the long run effects and how a lack of household savings can turn a property crisis into a pension crisis of sorts.

That is why we need to find new solutions for more than just housing.

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State pensions – how they work and what’s available

There are two State Pension Systems, the Social Insurance System and the Social Assistance System, so you should normally qualify under one of these systems. Both systems provide a pension in retirement, or a pension to next of kin in event of premature death or a pension in the event of long term disability.

To qualify for the Social Insurance System pension  you must satisfy the PRSI conditions and have made at least 260 PRSI contributions during your working life.

To qualify for a  Social Assistance pension you will have to satisfy a “means test”.

The Social Insurance Pensions provided are;

The State Pension (Transition): you must be  aged 65 or over, retired from full time work, satisfy the PRSI conditions. The personal rate is €230.30 per week, a dependent adult (over 66) rate is €206.30. so the maximum claimable for a retired couple is €436.60. At 66 the claimant is moved onto the State Pension (Contributory), this pension will be abolished in 2014, claimants will have to wait until at least 66 to claim the State Pension (Contributory). This …

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The new National Pensions Framework

The aim of the new pensions framework is to deliver lasting security, equity, clarity and choice to the individual. To a degree we are taking on a system the Australians have used in which providing for your retirement is mandatory.

The aim is also to increase pension coverage, particularly among those who have traditionally had a lower level of uptake, as well as encouraging provision for retirement that is not reliant upon the state alone.

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Retire young! Retire poor….

The age of retirement is going to rise, within the next five years it has to. There are several reasons, the most immediate being that the state doesn’t have the money to fund retirement at present, other factors are that people are living longer and the combined increase in health care costs to the elderly with the weight of funding pensions means one or the other has to give in eventually.

In October of 2005 Seamus Brennan gave a talk at the Merrion Hotel on the subject of the ‘Issues facing an ageing population’. The statistics are particularly relevant as they have not changed much since then.

(Excerpt) ‘The facts speak for themselves, in 2002 almost half a million people were aged 65 or over. The latest population projections suggest this may increase to 1.1 million people aged 65 and over by 2036. Right now we have almost 5 people working for every pensioner, when the demographic challenges are at their height this will decline to two workers for every pensioner. This fact has …

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