Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (415)

Seán Fleming

Question:

415. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a person (details supplied) who left An Garda Síochána in 2008 can be granted pension rights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5161/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The retirement of members of An Garda Síochána is governed by law, which sets the mandatory retirement age for all members at 60 years of age. Members of An Garda Síochána who joined prior to 1 April 2004 may retire on full pension at 50 years of age once they have served at least 30 years and those who joined on or after 1 April 2004 may retire on full pension at 55 years of age with 30 years service.

I understand that the pension entitlements of each member of An Garda Síochána are calculated individually based on the particular service details of the individual.

Estimates of pension entitlements for members of An Garda Síochána are available from my Department on request through the Garda Pensions Administration Section, Financial Shared Services, Department of Justice and Equality, Deerpark Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

I understand that the person concerned is entitled to preserved pension benefits and will be due reduced pension entitlements on application at the age of 60. I understand that this pension will be based on his actual service in the Garda force and that there is no basis to pay this preserved pension prior to this date under the Pensions Regulations.