457. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a person (details supplied) can buy voluntary contributions to make it up to 520 contributions for a State pension; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20105/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - State Pensions)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The legislation governing voluntary contributions is contained in the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 and Statutory Instrument 312/1996.
The acceptance criteria for the voluntary contributions scheme currently requires applicants 
- To submit an application within 60 months (5 years) of the end of the year in which they last paid, or were credited with a social insurance contribution
- To have a minimum of 520 c...

544. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a pension application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8331/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - State Pension (Contributory) Applications)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The person concerned has been awarded state pension (contributory) with effect from the 14 of May 2014.
The decision has been made based on the current available social insurance record of the person concerned, comprising 1,404 reckonable paid and credited contributions. This results in a reduced rate pension entitlement based on a yearly average of 31 contributions covering the period January 1969 to the end of Dece...

1582. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a pension appeal by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54549/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - State Pension (Contributory) Appeals)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that in appeals for State Pension (Contributory), where it appears that the reason for the Deciding Officer’s decision may not have been fully understood, the letter of appeal is referred to the State Pension (Contributory) Section requesting that the decision be clarified to the person concerned.
In the case of the person concerned I understand that a letter clarifyin...