Originally Posted by Lugh Ildanach
It will take at least 2 years to be considered habitually resident, but even after that under the current rules, if she does not have a work history since returning to Ireland, she will find it difficult to EVER be considered habitually resident. If they think she has come returned to benefit from the welfare payments she will get nothing.
Not necessarily. There are cases that would be considered habitually resident. However, it will be more difficult to prove habitual residence the shorter someone has been in the country. She will need to show termination of all ties in the country she is currently in (such as selling house/terminating a lease, closing bank account, etc.).
OP if your aunt is considering moving home permanently, perhaps she should look at contacting Safe Home Ireland. They will be able to assist with the move, and documentation for Social Welfare and could advise more on the HRC condition and returning emigrants.
She will also have to apply for a PPS number - her old insurance number will no longer be valid. To apply for PPS she will need 2 forms of ID (passport/driving licence/long form of birth certificate) and proof of address.