Pensions, Tax & Benefits

Public Service Pensions

  • In general, a public servant is a member of either the ‘Single Public Service Pension Scheme’ or a pre-existing, sector-specific pension scheme.


  • The pension benefits a public servant receives generally consist of a retirement pension and a lump sum. Public servants in full PRSI class will also qualify for the State Pension, subject to the rules laid down by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.


  • A spouse or a child’s pension may also be paid when a public servant dies while working or in retirement, while a death gratuity may be paid when a public servant dies while working.


  • The majority of public service pension schemes involve an explicit pension contribution, which is deducted from the salary of the public servant. A separate contribution is also required in respect of spouses’ and children’s pensions.


Defence Forces Pension Information

Since October 2015 all Defence Forces pensions from the Department of Defence are paid by the Payroll Shared Service Centre (PSSC).

  • The PSSC is responsible for processing monthly pensions and for making all statutory and voluntary deductions.


Additional Resources:

The Citizens Information Board is the statutory body which supports the provision of information, advice and advocacy on a broad range of public and social services. It provides the Citizens Information website, citizensinformation.ie, and supports the voluntary network of Citizens Information Centres and the Citizens Information Phone Service – 0761 07 4000.



  • Citizensinformation.ie provides comprehensive information on public services and on the entitlements of citizens in Ireland. We gather information from various government departments and agencies, and make sure that you have all the information you need, presented in an easy-to-understand way.


  • The site has been specially designed around the needs of users for those times in life when you need information about your rights and how to apply for State services in Ireland.


  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, you can find comprehensive integrated information online at citizensinformation.ie/covid19/ and you can get daily updates on what’s changed on Twitter at @citizensinfo. You can also get information and advice from:


  • The Citizens Information Phone Service: Call 0761 07 4000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm


  • Our national call back service:Visit ie/callback to request a phone call from an information officer


You can contact Citizens Information by post or telephone at:

Citizens Information Board
Ground Floor
George’s Quay House
43 Townsend St.
Dublin 2
D02 VK65