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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 27 September 2011

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Ceisteanna (217)

Noel Grealish

Ceist:

247 Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of employees in her Department who have expressed an interest in retiring ahead of the changes to the public sector pension schemes that are to come into force in 2012; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25789/11]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Social Protection)

To date 39 officers in my Department have applied to retire in the period up to 29th February 2012. There is no indication, at this stage, of the final number of officers who may apply to retire. However, for the last number of months an average of 50 pension estimates have been requested each week so I do expect an increase in the number of retirements in the period up to 29th February 2012.

The three-month minimum notice period for retirement that has been introduced in the Civil Service, provides that anyone who wishes to retire by 29th February 2012 should give notice by the end of November 2011.

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