Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Questions (76, 83, 91, 92)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

76. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport if assurances will be issued by CIÉ that it will await the outcome of the High Court application from the trustees of the pension scheme before engaging in further discussions on the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24868/21]

View answer

Catherine Murphy

Question:

83. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport the status of his engagements with Córas Iompair Éireann regarding the 1951 pension scheme. [24985/21]

View answer

Gino Kenny

Question:

91. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport if he will write to the chairperson of CIÉ seeking assurances that CIÉ will wait on the outcome of the High Court application that elected pension trustees are making before engaging in any more discussions in relation to the 1951 pension scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25057/21]

View answer

Bríd Smith

Question:

92. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Transport if he will approve changes to the CIÉ regular wages pension scheme that were approved in a ballot of members in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25094/21]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 76, 83, 91 and 92 together.

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport in Ireland.

The CIÉ Group has two pension schemes, namely the Regular Wages Scheme (“RWS”) and 1951 superannuation scheme (“1951 Scheme”) and issues in relation to CIÉ pension schemes are primarily a matter for the trustees of the schemes, the CIÉ Group and their employees.

In relation to the RWS, CIÉ has prepared and submitted draft Statutory Instruments (SIs) to give effect to the proposed changes to the scheme, and these drafts are now being considered by my Department. There are several steps involved before an SI can be made, including the statutory consultation process.

Concerning the 1951 scheme, I understand that members were recently balloted and have accepted Labour Court proposals which emerged on 23rd November 2020.

I have therefore referred the Deputies questions to CIÉ for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.