Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (157)

Tom Fleming


160 Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 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. [33073/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

One officer who retired in the past 6 months was engaged by Údarás na Gaeltachta on a short-term contract. The officer is a solicitor on a six-month contract expiring on 31 August 2012. The abatement principle has been applied in this case.