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Brexit Questions and Answers - DEASP
Ireland and the UK have a long-standing arrangement known as the Common Travel Area. The Common Travel Area means that Irish and British citizens  can move freely between, and live in, either country and provides for associated rights and  privileges in both countries, including access to employment, healthcare, education, social benefits, and the right to vote in certain elections.

Will the UK’s departure from the EU have any impact on my payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP)?
 
No, all recipients of social welfare payments from the DEASP will continue to be paid as usual, whether you are living in Ireland or the UK. This applies to both existing recipients and to those who apply for a social welfare payment after the UK’s departure from the EU.  
 
I am an Irish or a British citizen, I live in Ireland and get a social welfare payment from the UK; will the UK’s departure from the EU have any implications for me?
The UK’s departure from the EU, including without a deal, will have no impact on your entitlement to a UK social welfare payment or to you receiving it while you live in Ireland. This applies to both existing recipients and to those who apply for a social welfare payment after the UK’s departure from the EU.
 
 
What are Ireland’s obligations to EU citizens?
Ireland will continue to have social welfare obligations to citizens of other EU Member States and will continue to meet these obligations. We will, where necessary, recognise the contributions of other EU citizens who have worked in the UK for the purposes of establishing entitlements to Irish social welfare benefits, even when the UK is no longer part of the EU.
 
Last modified:15/03/2019