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Public Sector Pensions

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 3 February 2021

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Ceisteanna (215)

Mairéad Farrell

Ceist:

215. Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the length of service requirements for a civil servant to avail of the preserved pension benefits for an officer who served between 1 June 1973 and 1 June 2002. [5181/21]

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A civil servant who meets a minimum service requirement will be entitled to claim preserved superannuation benefits on reaching minimum (or preserved) pension age. This applies if the individual resigned from the civil service before the minimum pension age without an entitlement to immediate pension benefits, did not opt for actuarially reduced pension benefits, and also did not transfer their service to another employment.

In order to qualify for preserved benefits, a civil servant must meet the minimum service requirement. Civil servants who served between 1 June 1973 and 1 June 2002 (inclusive) require a minimum of 5 years' qualifying service in order to be eligible for preserved benefits. For individuals who joined the civil service after 1 June 2002, a minimum of 2 years’ qualifying service is required to be eligible for preserved benefits.

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