In relation to staff employed directly by the Department of Education & Skills, 19 such staff have retired to date and are either in receipt of a pension or their pension is being processed by the National Shared Services Office who has responsibility for pension administration on behalf of staff at my Department. These numbers are broadly in line with Department projections.
In regard to retirements and pensions for the teaching and non-teaching staff employed by Primary and Post Primary Schools who are paid through the various payrolls in my Department, applications for
retirement benefits in 2019 continue to be submitted and 1,200 have been received to date; in the region of 280 applications have been fully processed and work is on going in the Departments Pension Unit, to process the remainder of the applications. The number of applications for retirement benefits for this group are also broadly in line with projections.