Bereavement Grant

This Grant is no longer available for deaths that occurred after 31st Dec 2013. For more info:

Special Funeral Grant

(under the Occupational Injuries Benefit scheme) To be eligible for this grant, the death must have resulted from: An accident at work. An accident while travelling directly to or from work. An occupational disease. The person must have paid a minimum of one week’s social insurance (PRSI).  For more info:

Contributory Pension

WIDOW’S, WIDOWER’S OR SURVIVING CIVIL PARTNER’S (CONTRIBUTORY) PENSION: The pension is payable regardless of other income. Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension is a weekly payment to the husband, wife or civil partner of a deceased person. This payment was formerly called the Widow’s/Widower’s (Contributory) Pension. Either you or your deceased spouse or … Read more

Non-contributory pension

WIDOW’S, WIDOWER’S OR SURVIVING CIVIL PARTNER’S (NON-contributory) PENSION To qualify, you must: be a widow, widower, or surviving civil partner not be cohabiting with another person pass a means test & be habitually resident in the State. If you were wholly or mainly dependent on your child for financial support, you may be entitled to … Read more

Widowed Parent Grant

The Widowed or Surviving Civil Partner Grant is a once-off payment to widows, widowers, or surviving civil partners with dependent children, or children in full-time education. This grant is a one-off payment of €8,000. You do not need to complete an application form if you are applying for Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) … Read more

Exceptional Needs Payments (SWA)

An Exceptional Needs Payment is a single payment to help meet essential, once-off, exceptional expenditure, which a person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income. I.e. if your income is low. In 2019 some 2,900 ENPs were paid at a cost of €5.8m for funeral & burial exp.  For more … Read more

Credit Union Death Benefit scheme

Any qualified member of a Credit Union is entitled to receive payment from the Death Benefit scheme. The minimum benefit offered is €1,300 in the Republic of Ireland. Further details may be obtained from your local Credit Union on the qualifying conditions. This scheme is operated by the majority of credit untions.  For more info :

Death of Social Welfare Recipient

If a spouse, civil partner or cohabitant dies while they are receiving a Social Welfare payment such as the state pension, unemployment benefit, disability benefit etc., payments will usually continue to be paid to the surviving partner/carer for 6 weeks after the death. For more info: