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Oireachtas Members’ Remuneration.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 5 December 2006

Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Questions (197)

Joan Burton

Question:

214 Ms Burton asked the Minister for Finance the details of TDs and Minister’s salary structures; the percentage increase of the recent raise in salaries; the arrangements in relation to payments made to TDs that lose their seat; when this measure was introduced; the rate of increase in this payment since its introduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41091/06]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

The table shows the salary rates payable from 1 June 2006 and the salary rates applicable following implementation of the first phase of the agreement Towards 2016 i.e. 3% from 1 December 2006. Please note that the Minister and Minister for State receive the TD's basic salary in addition to their ministerial salary.

Post

1 June 2006 Sustaining Progress Final Phase — 2.5%

1 December 2006 Towards 2016 Phase 1 — 3%

TD — basic

90,770

93,493

—1st LSI

93,667

96,477

—2nd LSI

96,560

99,457

Taoiseach

167,960

172,999

TD

90,770

93,493

Total

258,730

266,492

Tánaiste

131,486

135,431

TD

90,770

93,493

Total

222,256

228,924

Minister

113,250

116,648

TD

90,770

93,493

Total

204,020

210,141

Minister of State

49,420

50,903

TD

90,770

93,493

Total

140,190

144,396

The following arrangements for TDs who lose their seat came into operation on 1 November 1992 for members of the New Pensions Scheme for members of the Oireachtas which was introduced at that time (termination payments are not payable to members of the Old Pensions Scheme.

Prior to receiving his or her pension entitlements, each former member who is a member of the New Pensions Scheme receives a Termination Lump Sum and a series of Termination Payments. To qualify for these he or she:

Must have at least six months continuous service as a Member of the Houses of the Oireachtas; and

Must not become a member of the following Oireachtas or immediately become an MEP or be appointed by the Government to a full-time position.

Where the above conditions are satisfied, a Termination Lump Sum is payable. This is equivalent to 2 months' salary, including salary allowances. In addition to a Termination Lump Sum, a maximum of 12 monthly Termination Payments are payable. The payments are based on the current rate of the relevant salary. A person must have at least 3 years continuous service to qualify for these. The number and rate of payments is conditional on the number of years' continuous service (see Table 1 below for details). Additional salary allowances are reckonable and a person may elect to move to pension at any time if it is more beneficial to do so. Termination payments are expressed as a percentage of current salary. Accordingly, they have increased in line with salary increases since their introduction.

Oireachtas Termination Payments

Service Years

Monthly payments

3

1 @ 75%

4

2 @ 75%

5

3 @ 75%

6

4 @ 75%

7

5 @ 75%

8

6 @ 75%

9

6 @ 75% + 1 @ 50%

10

6 @ 75% + 2 @ 50%

11

6 @ 75% + 3 @ 50%

12

6 @ 75% + 4 @ 50%

13

6 @ 75% + 5 @ 50%

14 +

6 @ 75% + 6 @ 50%

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