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Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 27 May 2020

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Questions (181)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

181. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a payment to a person (details supplied) will continue after they reach 66 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7528/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

An occupational pension awarded to a teacher on medical grounds will remain in payment when the retiree attains 66 years of age.

It should be noted that a teacher who is awarded a pension on medical grounds may not subsequently engage in teaching.

Where a full recovery is made and a teacher wishes to return to teaching or employment outside of teaching in the public or private sector, fresh medical evidence of fitness must be submitted for review by the Occupational Health Service (OHS) engaged by my Department. Where a teacher is deemed as no longer medically unfit to teach, payment of pension benefits will cease and will only resume at normal retirement age or the date on which the new contract of employment ends, whichever is the later; on resumption, benefits will be re-calculated without the additional years awarded as part of the initial retirement on grounds of ill health.

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