Public Sector Pensions Levy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason public servants in receipt of a public service pension have the pension levy deducted from their pensions; the rate at which it is deducted; his plans to reduce the pension levy in the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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Senators to Introduce New Bill After Trinity Lecturer’s Discrimination Case Fails

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following the rejection of former lecturer David Parris’s claim of discrimination at the European Court of Justice last year, Trinity senator Ivana Bacik has submitted a bill to the Seanad that would amend College’s current pension regulations …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 6 February]

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Gold-Digger Clauses and LGBT Rights: The Trinity Lecturer Fighting for his Pension

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In 1983, David Norris brought a case to the Irish Supreme Court, arguing that the criminalisation of homosexual behaviour was unconstitutional. The case, perhaps unsurprisingly, failed. Yet it would be the start of a revolution in Irish attitudes to homosexuality, marking the beginning of the slow, incremental movement towards marriage equality …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 February]

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Public Sector Pensions Legislation – Repeal of FEMPI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask 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 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Triple boost for thousands of public sector pensioners

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of public sector pensioners are in line for a triple boost next year. The increases will see some retired public sector workers getting an annual increase in their income of €1,000 …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 10 October]

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European court advised to find Trinity lecturer was discriminated against for being gay

Posted in Legal issues on July 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A top European legal adviser has recommended that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) find that a gay lecturer employed at Trinity College Dublin was discriminated against regarding his pension due to his sexual orientation …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 4 July]

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Trinity to Defend Discrimination Claim from Former Lecturer in European Court

Posted in Legal issues on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dr David Parris, a retired Trinity lecturer, is bringing the college before the European Union’s Court of Justice, claiming that Trinity has discriminated against him in relation to his pension rights, based on his sexual orientation and his age …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 26 April]

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Renua pledges to move new public sector workers onto cheaper pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has pledged to move new public sector workers onto cheaper pensions. Her party’s election manifesto, which was published today, states that …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Business Post, 4 January]

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Pay rises for 300,000 public service staff from January

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has signed an order which will provide for pay increases for about 300,000 staff in the public service as well as pension rises for retired personnel from early next year …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 November]

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Court rules that Trinity pension cannot be cut

Posted in Legal issues on November 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two government departments were not entitled, after the State took over Trinity College’s pension scheme in 2009, to reduce by some €20,000 annually the €92,153 annual pension of a former secretary to the college, the High Court has ruled …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Dáil probe into ‘cash mountain’ of €160m in colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil’s spending watchdog is to investigate an ‘anomalous’ €160m cash mountain in Irish universities which is growing by €30m a year, the Irish Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 August]

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Public sector pensions boost

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two thirds of retired public service workers who saw their pensions slashed during the economic crash are set to benefit from increases of up to €1,680 over the next three years, in sharp contrast to their private sector colleagues …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 17 June]

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PAC probes UCC salaries

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s president said that he does not know what staff payments the Department of Education believes breach pay rules. He was responding to the department’s claim to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that it has found unauthorised payments not previously notified …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 15 May]

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UCC ordered to end top-up pay to staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has been ordered to ‘cease with immediate effect’ unsanctioned top-ups to staff members which it had not disclosed. It is understood that some of these undisclosed payments go back several years and some are more recent …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 14 May]

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Unions to seek public pay rise by pension levy cut

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Public service unions are to seek a flat-rate pay increase for government employees by getting a reduction in the rate of their pension levy when pay restoration talks get underway next week …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 May]

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DCU retiree received biggest pension payout in 2013

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A DCU retiree received a pension payout of almost €250,000 in 2013 according to figures released by Irish universities. The unnamed staff member was one of three retirees to receive a lump sum payment in excess of €200,000 in 2012 and 2013 …” (more)

[Elaine Carroll, The College View, 18 February]

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UCC and State set for High Court battle

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The disagreement between UCC and the Irish government over an €8.3m pension liability is set to be resolved in the High Court this summer after a member of staff took a case which lists the university and the Departments of Finance and Education as defendants …” (more)

[Stephen Barry, UCC Express, 6 February]

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Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015 – IV – Staff, Pensions, Innovation and IP

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This is the fourth and final post in a series on Senator Seán Barrett’s Private Members’ Bill, the Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015, which was discussed last week in the Seanad (earlier posts are here, here and here) …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 6 February]

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Public sector pension levy is ‘likely’ to be cut or axed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The public sector pension levy is ‘likely’ to be reduced significantly or abolished ahead of the general election, senior Government sources have told the Irish Independent …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 9 January]

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Irish universities give 22 staff pensions payoffs over €200,000

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“New figures show 22 staff at Irish universities have enjoyed lump sum pension payoffs in excess of €200,000 over the past two years. Figures supplied by the universities in response to Freedom of Information requests …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 23 December]

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