To calculate your right to an Irish social security payment in accordance with EU rules, all your contributions calculated from the countries covered by the regulations are combined. They can be used with your Irish contributions to help you qualify for a payment. To meet this requirement, Irish social security and social security contributions can be combined in the bilateral contracting country. If you move from Ireland to a country with which New Zealand does not have a social security agreement, your New Zealand benefits or pensions will be suspended. The governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland have entered into a bilateral agreement to ensure that social security rights, including existing social security schemes, continue to be protected after the UK leaves the EU. 2. Where a person has received, under the legislation of one of the contracting parties, social assistance during a period during which that person is subsequently entitled to a benefit under the legislation of the other party, the competent authority of the latter party, on request and on behalf of the competent authority of the former contracting party, recovers the benefit due for that period and transmits to the competent authority of the former contracting party. The competent authority of the former contracting party deducts from the benefit due under the legislation of the other contracting party the amount of social assistance paid beyond what would have been paid if the benefit had been paid in accordance with the legislation of the latter party, before the amount of social assistance had been fixed. All benefits that are not deducted are passed on to the person. The table below outlines the different types of social security benefits to be paid under the social security plans of the United States and Ireland and briefly outlines the eligibility requirements normally applicable to each type of benefit. If you do not meet the normal conditions for these benefits, the agreement can help you qualify (see „How Benefits Can Be Paid“). Contributions to the states with which Ireland has a bilateral social security agreement are paid only for certain long-term payments.
These include: before 31 October, the Irish and British authorities held talks to ensure that there are as few disruptions as possible in the area of social security. They aim to mitigate the impact on Irish and British citizens, regardless of the outcome of Brexit. Australia and New Zealand use periods of stay from 16 years instead of contributions. The agreement with Canada covers the periods of stay that apply to their old age pension if the contributions were not made under the Canada pension plan. In these guidelines, the reference to „social security contributions“ or „insurance periods“ should be considered as a reference to periods of residence eligible under the legislation of those countries. This regulation provides for the entry into force of the bilateral social security agreement between Ireland and the United Kingdom, which will come into force on 1 October 2007. The regulation provides for an amendment to the social assistance legislation and relevant regulations to take into account the provisions of the agreement. If you have worked in more than one country with which Ireland has a bilateral social security agreement, your right to an Irish social security payment will be assessed separately under each agreement. Contributions under various bilateral agreements cannot be merged, each must be calculated separately.