Applying for social welfare

Overview Document What is the social welfare system in Ireland? How is it organised and who can apply for social welfare benefits? This document provides an overview of the system and includes links to more information.
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Accessing the Irish social welfare system as a returning Irish emigrant
Explains who is eligible to receive a social welfare payment in Ireland and how to apply.

Habitual residence condition for returning Irish emigrants
Covers the habitual residence condition for returning Irish emigrants who need to access Child Benefit or social assistance payments.

Combining social insurance contributions from abroad
Combining social insurance contributions paid in Ireland and abroad can help you qualify for a social welfare payment. Find out more.
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PPS numbers for returning Irish emigrants and their families
Outlines what you need to know about geting a PPS number when you return to Ireland after living abroad. Covers getting a PPS number for a child born abroad.