3. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to deal with pension restoration for retired public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47438/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Deputy Dara Calleary: While there has been an understandable focus on public service pay and I acknowledge the publication this week of the FEMPI legislation, this question focuses on public service pensioners, particularly those on lower pensions, and the timeline for recovery of their incomes in the course of the agreement and the legislation that we will discuss in the coming weeks.
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488. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will restore public service pensions fully by mid-2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10310/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 362 on 24 January 2017.
The FEMPI measure in respect of public service pensioners is the Public Service Pension Reduction (PSPR).  The PSPR reduces the pay-out value of pensions with pre-PSPR values above specified thresholds in a progressively structured way which has a proportionately greater effect on higher value pensions.  At all times, public service pensions up...

350. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the full restoration of the public service pensions cut under FEMPI. (Question 8109/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 362 on 24 January 2017.
The FEMPI measure in respect of public service pensioners is the Public Service Pension Reduction (PSPR).  The PSPR reduces the pay-out value of pensions with pre-PSPR values above specified thresholds in a progressively structured way which has a proportionately greater effect on higher value pensions.  At all times, public service pensions up...

362. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the repeal of FEMPI legislation in respect of retired public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2701/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The FEMPI measure in respect of public service pensioners is the Public Service Pension Reduction (PSPR). The PSPR reduces the pay-out value of pensions with pre-PSPR values above specified thresholds in a progressively structured way which has a proportionately greater effect on higher value pensions.  At all times, public service pensions up to a value of €12,000 have been unaffected by PSPR, while a higher exemption threshol...

359. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the moneys raised to date from the pensions related deductions since it was introduced in 2009; the percentage rate at which it was recovered; the number of public servants affected; and the way that money was utilised. (Question 41973/14 asked on 04 Nov 2014 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The public service Pension-related Deduction (PRD), was introduced in March 2009 under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009. The PRD has raised an estimated €5.5 billion since it was introduced.
 Year Euro Amount (Millions) 2009 837 2010 949 2011 960 2012 935 2013 923 2014 883 Total 5,487 

PRD reduced the cost of the public service pay bill by an estimated 6.1% in 2014. It i...

360. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there is an end date for the emergency financial measure introduced in 2009 on members of public service pension schemes, the pensions related deductions tax; and if the percentage charged on under €60,000 will be lowered and the exempted income be increased to reduce the burden on the lower paid public servants. (Question 41974/14 asked on 04 Nov 2014 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The powers granted by the Oireachtas under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) Acts are temporary in nature and are predicated on the existence of a financial emergency in the State. In the course of my 2014 annual review, submitted to the Oireachtas, of the FEMPI measures impacting on public service pay and pensions, I concluded in June this year that it was necessary to continue to apply those measu...

262. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a referendum could be held on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48835/13 asked on 19 Nov 2013 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): As with Public Servants generally, the pensions of politicians have been subject to a range of measures implemented over recent years which have had significant downward effects on pensions and pension awards.
Reforms have been introduced in relation to the age at which politicians receive a pension. Under the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004, pension entitlements are not payable to ‘new entrant...

114. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding pensions; if he can offer any positive news for the person concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35769/13 asked on 17 Jul 2013 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The petitioner seeks “a provision in the new Bill [sic] that pension cuts made will be reversed as pay cuts will be.” In the first instance, the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 passed into law on the 5th of June, 2013. There is no provision in that Act that pay cuts will be reversed. However these latest pension reductions, representing as they do one of a series of legislated financial emergency ...

104. Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if in the proposed public sector pensions reduction legislation a specific amendment will be included to exclude pension benefits resulting from contributions made on a purely commercial basis as for instance in the case where a former worker moves from the private sector to the public sector and transfers the private fund to the public one; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22104/13 asked on 09 May 2013 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): As the Deputy will be aware, following the rejection by the ICTU Public Services Committee of the Labour Relations Commission proposals for a revised “Croke Park” deal, the Government has requested the Chief Executive of the LRC to make contact with the parties to establish whether or not there is a basis for a negotiated agreement to meet budgetary targets. The Government will reflect on the outcome of this process before decid...

92. Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the public pension options available to women who left the public service as a result of the marriage bar and returned to the public service in each of the years 2000 to 2005 inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7684/13 asked on 13 Feb 2013 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Prior to 1974 pensionable female Public Servants were generally required to resign on marriage and, depending on their service, received a marriage gratuity in lieu of any pension benefits. 
Public Servants who received a marriage gratuity and returned to the Public Service have the option of (a) refunding the gratuity (plus interest where applicable) and having all reckonable prior service (i.e. before their resignation on ma...

48. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he intends to review current public sector pension abatement legislation. (Question 51546/12 asked on 21 Nov 2012 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Abatement in the public service is intended to ensure that a pensioner’s combined income from salary and occupational pension does not exceed the salary he or she would have had if he or she had not retired from the civil or public service. The practice goes as far back as the Superannuation Act 1834. The Deputy should note that the application of abatement has widened recently, insofar as it may be applied in respect of any pu...

154. Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Social Protection if any changes will be considered to the application of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill to take account of public servants who took early retirement prior to the changes to average yearly contribution bands but who do not turn 66 years before 2020. (Question 50344/12 asked on 14 Nov 2012 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The terms and conditions of employment for public servants, including pension rights, are outside of my remit and are a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Therefore, the Social Welfare and Pension Bill will not include any special provisions regarding public servants who took early retirement
In relation to State pension which is within my remit, as the Deputy will be aware, the State pension is a very va...