Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (127)

Tom Fleming


127 Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of the over 9,000 persons from the public service who have retired over the past six months with high tax-free lump sum payments in many cases and substantial pensions that have been re-hired on contract; if these persons are now being paid on the double by the State, that is. their pension and the salary they are receiving under the new contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33082/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)

During the last six months I re-appointed the former Director of Corporate Enforcement to the post of Acting Director of Corporate Enforcement for a period of up to six months. His pension is abated for the period that he has agreed to remain on in his post in an acting capacity. Also, at the request of the Chairman of the Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries, my Department re-engaged, on a part-time basis, estimated to involve 10 working days, 1 Principal Officer who retired in February 2012 and who had represented the Department on the Committee prior to his retirement. An all-inclusive fee of €1,500 was sanctioned by the Department of Public Expenditure to cover the cost of completing this work and was based on the understanding that the work in question will entail no more than 10 working days. Any travel and subsistence costs incurred in fulfilling this role will be reimbursed by my Department. No further retired public servants/civil servants were re-hired in my Department during that period. As this is a day to day matter for the Agencies, I have asked the Agencies under the aegis of my Department to respond directly to the Deputy.