Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (116)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

116. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the yearly saving to the Exchequer over the course of the Haddington Road agreement from pension reductions. [35778/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Haddington Road Agreement (HRA) does not contain any pension reduction measure. In drawing up the HRA, the Labour Relations Commission expressly recognised that Government plans for certain public service pension reductions did not form part of the proposals which comprise the HRA. The relevant paragraph in the HRA, headed "Public Service Pensions", reads as follows:

Separately to this Agreement, the Parties note that the Government intends to align the reductions in public service pensions in payment with the reductions applied to serving staff.

The Parties note that this measure will apply to pensions in payment greater than €32,500 only.

Reductions in those public service pensions valued in excess of €32,500 duly took effect on 1 July 2013, on foot of provisions in the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013. It is estimated that the saving arising specifically from these pension reductions will amount to a full-year total of €24 million in 2014.

Questions Nos. 117 to 122, inclusive, answered with Question No. 115.