This agreement may be amended in the future by complementary agreements which, as soon as they come into force, will be considered an integral part of this agreement. These agreements can be concluded retroactively if they specify. The main objective of bilateral social security agreements is to protect the pension rights of people who have paid social security contributions in Ireland and who have a settlement period in the other country. The periods to be expected in the other country may be the periods of insurance or residence depending on the social security system of that country. The agreements protect pension rights by allowing periods of time in each country that can be liquidated in each country to be taken into account in determining the right to certain benefits, where there is no right, when national laws apply only. The social security payments covered by the agreement are as follows: disagreements between the two States Parties on the interpretation or implementation of this agreement are settled, as far as possible, with the agreement of the competent authorities. This guidance provides an overview and general principles of Ireland`s bilateral social security agreements with other countries. For more details, please see the information brochures or legal instruments listed below. As a general rule, a person should claim a pension entitlement in the country of residence. A person residing in Ireland should therefore apply for a pension from the Ministry of Social Welfare. If the applicant indicates that he or she was insured (or, if necessary, resident) in a country with which Ireland has a bilateral agreement, a pension entitlement is opened in that country by the department that addresses the relevant agency on behalf of the applicant.
The date of receipt of the claim and all relevant documents must be immediately forwarded to the institution of the other country. The same procedure applies on the other hand when the right to the pension is introduced in another country, but the person has social security contributions in Ireland. As with bilateral social security agreements in general (excluding EU provisions), this agreement, as it is, applies only to Irish and British citizens.