Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (263, 264)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

263. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason €153 per fortnight is being withheld from a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21823/19]

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Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

264. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision will issue to a person (details supplied) who has applied for retirement due to ill health; the reason this decision is been delayed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21824/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 263 and 264 together.

A second application for Ill Health Retirement from the staff member in question was forwarded to the Civil Service Occupational Health Department (CSOHD) earlier this month. All applicants for Ill-Health retirement are assessed by an occupational health physician and my Department is awaiting a decision from the CSOHD on this latest application. I would like to assure the Deputy that my officials will be in touch with the staff member as soon as this decision is received.

Furthermore, officials in my Department are liaising with the National Shared Services Offices (NSSO), who have responsibility for pay matters generally, in relation to why pay is being withheld from the person in question. On receipt of the explanation from the NSSO in relation to this matter my officials will also be in contact with the staff member directly on the matter.