Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Questions (208, 210, 217)

Robert Troy

Question:

208. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport if he will provide assurances that a pending High Court decision will be awaited before there are further discussions or engagement in relation to CIÉ pensions. [29133/21]

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Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

210. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Transport if he will await the outcome of the High Court application before engaging in further discussions in relation to the 1951 CIÉ pension scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29149/21]

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James O'Connor

Question:

217. Deputy James O'Connor asked the Minister for Transport the status of a pension system (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29166/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 208, 210 and 217 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.

Concerning the 1951 pension scheme, members of the scheme were recently balloted regarding the Labour Court Recommendation which emerged on 23rd November 2020, with a majority of the members voting to accept the proposals. CIÉ have written to me in recent days advising that they will begin the process of amending the Statutory Instruments to implement the Labour Court Recommendation. I understand that CIÉ has also advised the Pensions Authority and the ‘1951’ Pension Scheme Trustees and Committee of this development. 

In the light of the above, I have 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.