Retiring to Ireland

Overview Document This page has useful information for returning Irish emigrants who want to retire in Ireland, on housing, social welfare, work and tax.

Occupational pensions
Occupational pensions are organised by employers to provide pensions to one or more employees on retirement. What are the rules about occupational pension schemes?
This document is in: Pensions

State Pension (Contributory)
The State Pension (Contributory), previously called the Old Age (Contributory) Pension, is payable to people aged 66 and over who have worked and paid enough social insurance contributions.
This document is in: Older and retired people

State Pension (Non-Contributory)
The State Pension (Non-Contributory) previously called the Old Age Non-Contributory Pension is a means-tested payment available to people in Ireland aged 66 and over.
This document is in: Older and retired people

GP visit cards
Unless you have a medical card or GP visit card, visits to family doctors are not free. What is a GP visit card and how can you apply?
This document is in: Medical cards and GP visit cards

Housing for older people
Schemes and grants for housing and home improvements for older people.
This document is in: Housing grants and schemes

Free travel in Ireland
Everyone aged 66 and over living permanently in Ireland is entitled to travel free of charge on public transport. People under 66 on certain social welfare payments are also entitled to free travel. Find out more about free travel in Ireland and the Senior SmartPass which allows you to travel for free on public transport in Northern Ireland.
This document is in: Extra social welfare benefits

Working in retirement
The effects of working in retirement on social welfare benefits, entitlement to pensions and employee protective legislation
This document is in: Older people and working

Older people's tax credits and reliefs
Special taxation arrangements apply to people aged 65 and over. Find out more.
This document is in: Income tax credits and reliefs