14. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence if he is satisfied that remuneration levels for Defence Force personnel are adequate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54781/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14, 22 and 167 together. 
Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. In this regard, the level of remuneration in the Defence sector has maintained relativity with the levels available in other related public sector employments.
A Scheme of Conciliation and Arbitrat...

22. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Defence his plans to improve the pay and conditions of members of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54794/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14, 22 and 167 together. 
Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. In this regard, the level of remuneration in the Defence sector has maintained relativity with the levels available in other related public sector employments.
A Scheme of Conciliation and Arbitrat...

167. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence his views on whether all ranks of the Defence Forces receive sufficient remuneration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54931/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14, 22 and 167 together. 
Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. In this regard, the level of remuneration in the Defence sector has maintained relativity with the levels available in other related public sector employments.
A Scheme of Conciliation and Arbitrat...

494. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Defence if he will examine the rate of pension being paid to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the way this rate of pension after 32 years service compares to a person retiring after 21 years service; if they would have had a better pension payment if they had retired after 21 years service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51539/12 asked on 20 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The person referred to would not have received a higher pension if he had retired after 21 years service. The basic position is that an ‘additional increment’ is paid over and above the 21-year pension for each additional year of service above 21 years to a maximum of 31 years. However, this additional element ceases to be payable when an individual reaches social welfare State Pension age. 
The detailed position is as follows: Under the pre-April ...

179. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Defence if he will explain the reason army personnel who have served longer than 21 years lose their increment upon reaching retirement age. (Question 39827/12 asked on 20 Sep 2012 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Under the pre-April 2004 Defence Forces Pension Schemes, the minimum service required for an immediate pension in the case of NCOs and Privates is 21 years, regardless of age. The 21-year pension consists of the following elements, all of which are payable for the person’s lifetime: (a) basic flat-rate pension that varies according to rank; plus (b) an addition in respect of military service allowance (MSA) equal to 40% of the MSA rate where discharge...