87. Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Finance if he will ask Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to respond to the issues outlined in the attached letter (details supplied) relating to workers pension scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53382/12 asked on 28 Nov 2012 - Pension Provisions)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan) (Deputy Michael Noonan): I have been advised by IBRC that this is a matter which is for the Board of the company involved and the Trustees of the pension scheme involved. IBRC have no comment to make on this matter.
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137. Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will urgently respond to the critical issues outlined in the attached letter (details supplied) relating to a workers’ pension scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53385/12 asked on 28 Nov 2012 - Pension Provisions)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Deputy will understand that I am not in a position to comment directly on any ongoing discussions or negotiations being undertaken by the trustees of private pension schemes with employers, employees and their union representatives.
However, it is acknowledged there are significant structural and affordability problems with defined benefit (DB) pension schemes in Ireland due to a range of factors such as an under-estimation of longevity, p...

491. Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if pensions payable to Ministers and sitting public representatives in the Houses of the Oireachtas are coordinated or integrated with the Social Welfare pension; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38409/12 asked on 18 Sep 2012 - Pension Provisions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) contribution class applicable to Ministers and Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas, Class K, does not entitle them to the full range of social insurance benefits including the State Pension and, therefore, the application of integration to their occupational pensions does not arise.
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