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Redundancy in Ireland

A redundancy situation arises where an employee’s job ceases to exist, and the employee is not replaced for such reasons as rationalisation/reorganisation, not enough work available, the financial state of the firm, company closures etc.

Statutory redundancy entitlement

The Redundancy Payments Acts 1967–2014 provide a minimum entitlement to a redundancy payment for employees who have a set period of service with the employer. Not all employees are entitled to the statutory redundancy payment, even where a redundancy situation exists. If you do qualify for redundancy there are specific redundancy procedures which employers and employees must follow in order to comply with the legislation.

Further information is available on the Citizens Information website – see:

Online redundancy calculator

The Department of Social Protection website has an online Redundancy Calculator that allows the user to calculate a statutory redundancy entitlement for a qualified employee, who has been dismissed because of redundancy. is provided by the Citizens Information Board. This microsite provides public service information for those who are currently unemployed or are becoming unemployed in Ireland.  The website has a wealth of helpful information online and available to download.

Categories of information on the site include:

  • Reduced hours or pay
  • Help with your rent or mortgage
  • Leaving work
  • Options for education and training
  • Getting social welfare
  • Going back to work
  • Money and tax issues
  • Leaving Ireland

Cross border issues

With regards to claiming job seeker benefits there are special rules for frontier / cross border workers:

  • Frontier workers who are wholly/fully unemployed, e.g. made completely redundant, receive benefits in the state in which they live.
  • Frontier workers who are partially or intermittently out of work (e.g. reduced working hours) receive unemployment benefits in the state where they were last employed.
  • In the absence of any contractual link with the employer they are treated as fully unemployed.
  • Where there is no resumption date they are treated as fully unemployed

Therefore if a frontier worker resident in the South loses his/ her job in the North, he/she can rely on their National Insurance Contributions paid in the North to qualify for Jobseekers Benefit in the South.  He/she must satisfy the general contribution conditions for Jobseekers Benefit.  If there is a partial loss of employment in the North, the NI Social Security Agency  would be obliged to consider entitlement to contribution based Jobseekers Allowance

People living in the South and claiming Jobseekers benefit CAN take up part-time work in the North and still receive reduced Jobseekers Benefit from the South.

Q.   Can a person living in the South and claiming Jobseekers benefit take up part-time work in Northern Ireland and continue to claim Jobseekers benefit in the South?

A.    YES.  But it is essential to get confirmation from your local welfare office in advance of taking the job in Northern Ireland.  Please refer to the following: EU Recommendation No U1 of 12 June 2009  – “Where persons residing in the territory of a Member State are eligible, under the legislation applicable to them, to receive unemployment benefits, they should be allowed to pursue a part-time professional or trade activity in the territory of another Member State, while retaining entitlement to unemployment benefits provided by the State in which they reside.”

If issues arise about payment of National Insurance in the North it can be sorted out by the Special Collections Section which is based in Waterford.   The office will forward a Form A1 on which you should cite the above EU recommendation:  The Special Collections Section will then consult with the Northern Aut

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Page last checked: April 2016

This webpage is for general information purposes only and while we endeavour to keep it up-to-date, errors may occur.  It is very important that you check with the relevant body to ensure the information is current and is applicable to your situation: – North /  South

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