Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111)

Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

105. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Transport the reason the terms of the Irish Aviation Authority, IAA, 1996 superannuation scheme were amended in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2795/21]

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Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

106. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Transport the reason members of the IAA 1996 superannuation scheme were not informed and given mandatory notice of the amendment to the scheme in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2796/21]

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Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

107. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Transport the reason the 2012 amendment to the IAA 1996 superannuation scheme did not reflect the 2010 collective agreement of members; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2797/21]

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Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

108. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Transport if his Department rescinded the 2012 amendment to the IAA 1996 superannuation scheme which was initially intended to be temporary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2798/21]

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Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

109. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Transport the reason the pension increases guaranteed under section 41(5) of the Irish Aviation Authority Act 1993 have not been awarded to retired Irish Aviation Authority workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2799/21]

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Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

110. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Transport if the board of the Irish Aviation Authority had the authority to not award pension increases guaranteed under section 41(5) of the Irish Aviation Authority Act 1993 to retired workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2800/21]

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Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

111. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Transport if the board of the Irish Aviation Authority had the authority to instruct trustees to make no provision for future pension increases guaranteed under section 41(5) of the Irish Aviation Authority Act 1993 to retired workers when determining the fund liability; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2801/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 105 to 111, inclusive, together.

As the Deputy may be aware, the design and funding of pension schemes are governed and protected by the rules and regulatory framework set out in the Pensions Acts. All such schemes in the State must conform accordingly, and employers and Pension Scheme Trustees must engage as required with the Pensions Board.

In relation to the Irish Aviation Authority, Section 41 (7) of the Irish Aviation Authority Act, 1993 provides that a dispute on superannuation benefit may be submitted to the Minister for Transport for determination by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

I can confirm that two such submissions have been made on behalf of some staff of the Irish Aviation Authority. As these appeals address the issues you have raised, and as the appeal process is ongoing, it would be inappropriate for me to provide any further comment at this stage.