Thursday, 20 May 2021

Ceisteanna (181, 186)

David Cullinane

Ceist:

181. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport if CIÉ will await the outcome of the High Court application made by the elected pension trustees before further engagement in relation to the 1951 pension scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27150/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

186. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport his engagements with CIÉ in respect of the failure by the company to honour its commitment to allow all active members of the 1951 superannuation scheme a vote on LCR22297. [27270/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 181 and 186 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.