97. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 194 of 27 February 2018, the status of pension increases which were due to be applied shortly including arrears due to the start of the year; when this will occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20257/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As I informed the Deputy in my previous answer on 27 February 2018, my Department issued a circular in January of this year authorising and giving guidance in relation to the application to qualifying pensions of pay increases under the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017. Responsibility for implementing these increases lies with the various public service pension/payroll providers. I understand that work is underway to ...

194. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of and timeframe for the restoration of pensions for retired civil and public servants whose pensions are tied to serving officers pay (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9333/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On 1 January 2018, public service pensions impacted by the Public Service Pension Reduction (PSPR) qualified for an effective increase by way of a lessening or amelioration of PSPR, as required under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2015. I understand that such increases have, in general, been implemented through pension payrolls across the various public service sectors.  
Separate from these PSPR-ba...

410. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to fully restore pensions of retired public sector workers, which were reduced as a result of FEMPI legislation; when this restoration will occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16437/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question no. 2701/17 on 24 January 2017.
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51. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection to address the anomaly whereby those who must retire from the public sector at 65 years of age do not receive a pension until they reach 66 years of age and instead receive dole payments in the intervening months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6951/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Public Sector Pensions)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): There is no legally mandated retirement age in the State, and the age at which employees retire is a matter for the contract of employment between them and their employers, whether they are in the public or private sector. 
The Department of Public Expenditure & Reform is responsible for the terms and conditions of employment and pensions of public servants, including the age at which they may be required to retire. I am informe...

216. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to roll out a new early retirement package for those in the public sector who are over 50 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6223/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): My direct responsibilities in relation to numbers employed and their terms and conditions relate to the Civil Service.  I have no plans to introduce a general early retirement package across the public service for those who are over 50 years of age. 
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