Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (180)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

180. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the ongoing progress in respect of FEMPI restoration; when the process is likely to be completed in full; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2865/21]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The process of unwinding the Financial Emergency (FEMPI) legislation commenced under the Lansdowne Road Agreement 2016 – 2018 and was largely completed under the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 – 2020 (PSSA).

To date, salary rates up to €70,000, which accounts for over 90% of the public service, have been fully restored.

While the Agreement expired at the end of 2020, certain measures needed to complete the unwinding of FEMPI will continue over the period 2021-2023 as provided for in the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017. These can be found at Section 19 and Section 20 of the Act at the following link:

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2017/act/34/enacted/en/html

Under the terms of the FEMPI Act 2013, I am obliged to carry out an annual review of the operation, effectiveness and impact of the FEMPI Acts, having regard to the overall economic conditions in the State and national competitiveness. In this annual review, I am also to consider whether or not any of the provision of the relevant Acts continue to be necessary having regard to the purposes of those Acts, the revenues of the State and State commitments in respect of public service pay and pensions.

The 2020 annual review, a written report of which was laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas on the 23rd June 2020, recommended the continuation of the unwinding of the FEMPI measures in line with the provisions enacted in the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017. This report can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/68e504-annual-reviews-of-the-fempi-act-2013/