498. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a former employee of his Department is entitled to draw their pension now; if there is any arrangement to cash in his pension or transfer same. (Question 56984/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Pension Provisions)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The person to whom the Deputy refers retired under the Cost Neutral Early Retirement scheme on the 29 February 2012 and received a lump sum in early March 2012. His pension is payable fortnightly by the Paymaster General’s Office with effect from 1 March 2012 and it is not possible to pay his pension in any other manner. 
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568. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine how well funded all semi-State company pension schemes are; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50650/12 asked on 13 Nov 2012 - Pension Provisions)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The funding of pension schemes for the State Agencies under the aegis of my Department is a matter for the Agencies themselves. 
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525. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 484 of the 13 March 2012, if he will indicate the contacts his Department has had on this matter with the Department of Social Protection; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43287/12 asked on 09 Oct 2012 - Pension Provisions)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department wrote to the Department of Social Protection to ascertain the status of any pension payable to the person named and was informed on 19 April 2012 that the State Pension (Non-Contributory) of the person named was suspended on 12 January 2011. As this is after the end date of the payment of this Department’s Early Retirement Scheme pension, it did not affect payments under this scheme.
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