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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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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Pension rises for retired public sector workers now in firing line

Posted in Governance and administration on December 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An end to pension increases for retired public-sector workers is on the table in the next round of pay talks. Public-service pensioners have traditionally benefited from pay parity, which means they go up when there is an increase in the salary of the person in their old job …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Kevin Doyle, Independent, 27 December]

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Unions to resist greater contribution by public staff to pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The plans by the Department of Public Expenditure to seek a greater contribution from public servants towards the cost of their pensions will be fiercely resisted by unions who represent the 320,000 who work in the public sector …” (more)

[Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 19 December]

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Proposal to make public servants pay more for pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Plans to get staff in the public service to pay more towards their pensions are being examined by the Government. Informed sources said it would be likely the Government would look for a greater financial contribution from staff towards their pensions in tandem with the unwinding of the existing public service pension levy and any pay increases that came about as part of a successor to the existing Lansdowne Road agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 19 December]

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It’s time to talk, as value of gold-plated pensions to be used against public sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The average public sector pension is worth almost four times as much as a private sector one. Official figures reveal retired State workers got €20,367 last year, while the biggest pension provider, Irish Life, said private sector pensioners received an average annual payment of €5,332 …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 17 December]

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Pensions and job security to quell public pay demands

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The value of pensions and job security enjoyed by public sector workers will be used to quell demands for pay rises at Government talks with unions. Pension values will be firmly on the negotiating table after it was revealed a garda’s retirement pot is worth from €30,000 to €40,000 a year …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 13 December]

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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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Pay commission will consider value of public sector pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The forthcoming commission on public sector pay will consider the value of public servants’ pensions as part of their remuneration, compared to those available in the private sector …” (more)

[Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 4 October]

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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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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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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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Unions turned down in bid for refund of €17m pension levy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Unions tried to get a clawback of the public sector pension levy this year – worth €17m in total – but were refused, new documents reveal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 12 January]

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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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Retiring professors’ ‘crocks of gold’ payoffs slammed

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

Ireland“The chief executive of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises association yesterday hit out at what he described as the ‘crocks of gold’ received by retiring university dons …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 23 December]

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Union warns pension levy on table for pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2014 by steve

“A second trade union representing public sector workers has warned that the controversial pension levy will be on the table during next year’s major pay talks with government …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor, Independent, 8 September]

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