People who previously worked in the UK should explore the possibility of buying back pension years to increase their monthly pension, according to Mayo Fine Gael TD Michael Ring.

Irish people who worked for at least three consecutive years in the UK and paid National Insurance stamps can now buy back as many as sixteen extra years to their UK pension.

To qualify for this, you must have 10 qualifying years on your National Insurance Record to receive a minimum UK pension.

If you are seeking a full pension from the UK, which is €210 per week, you need thirty-five years but as long as you have three years’ contributions you can now buy back up to 10 years to increase that weekly payment.

People have up until 31st July 2023  to pay those voluntary contributions.

Deputy Ring has been giving more details to Midwest Radio's Alannah Nolan...

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