Written answers

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation

Departmental Staff

9:00 pm

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Independent)
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Question 293: To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if any remuneration, stipend, expense facility, financial facility or similar payment is being made from the Exchequer to any senior public servant who has retired from his Department beyond any accrued pension entitlements; if any such payment has been sanctioned for current senior public servants who are about to retire from his Department; if he will list the name, positions and details of any relevant moneys paid or scheduled to be paid of any person in receipt of or sanctioned to receive such a payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8274/12]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Minister, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Dublin North Central, Fine Gael)
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Three former Civil Servants who retired from my Department are now re-engaged on a contract for services basis. Mr John Walsh, former Assistant Secretary in this Department is serving on the NERA Advisory Board. The only payments made for participation on the Advisory Board are travel and subsistence payments in accordance with the Department of Finance rates for civil servants. In 2011, payments totalling €440.28 were made for attendance at board meetings on 14/9/2010, 9/11/2010 and 15/2/2011. Mr Martin Lynch, former Principal Officer, is the Irish Government representative and Deputy Chair of the Board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) based in Helsinki, Finland. This individual is engaged as an expert and is paid on a fee per day basis in respect of each Board meeting that he attends and also for attending meetings of the Board Sub-Committee which he chairs. His fee is €202 gross per day. He was paid a total of €11,881.30 gross in 2011 and this includes travel and subsistence costs, some of which the ECHA refunds to the Department. Ms Eveta Brezina, former Assistant Principal, is a Member of the Employment Appeals Tribunal. She is paid the appropriate “sitting fee” of €193.24 per diem in addition to any travel and subsistence costs. She was paid a total of €6,243.04 gross in respect of fees in 2011 and €375.75 in respect of travel & subsistence. Fees are subject to Schedule E tax, Universal Social Charge, PRSI and pension-related deduction where appropriate. There are no payments sanctioned for current civil servants who are about to retire from my Department.

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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Question 294: To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will outline on a yearly basis from 2008 to 2015 in respect of staff leaving the public service in his Department; the cost of lump sums; the cost of severance payments; the cost of pensions of those leaving the service through retirement or other means; the loss of the pension levy from employees who have left; the loss of superannuation payments from retired or departed employees, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8439/12]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Minister, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Dublin North Central, Fine Gael)
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The following table details the actual cost of lump sums; the cost of severance payments; the cost of pensions of those leaving the service through retirement or other means in the years 2008 – 2011 as well as projected costs for the years 2012 to 2015. The projected figures for 2013 - 2015 for lump sums and pensions relate only to the number of persons expected to retire in normal course in those years and do not factor in the rolled up cost of provisioning for existing pensioners.

In relation to the figures included in the table for the loss of the pension levy and superannuation payments, it should be noted that the pension levy commenced in March 2009 and 2011 was the first year in which a loss was recorded in this context. There was no loss in 2010 as it was the first full year of the pension levy. A contributory factor in the amount of the loss recorded in superannuation contributions in 2010 relates not only to the number of departing employees but also to pay reductions that took effect in January 2010. Figures for 2012 will only be available at the end of the year.

Cost of :Lump SumsSeverancePensions (per annum)Loss of Pension LevyLoss of Superannuation Payments
2008€2,002,216€91,361€653,37900
2009€3,400,129€58,240€1,87741100
2010€1,674,4570€737,8150€239,606
2011€2,546,809€279,907€975,791€245,595€57,030
2012€4,143,41101,332,358N/AN/A
2013€701,1410€66,636N/AN/A
2014€925,6290€238,898N/AN/A
2015€671,5800€144,065N/AN/A

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