Written answers

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs

Departmental Staff

9:00 pm

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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Question 385: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 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. [8430/12]

Photo of Jimmy DeenihanJimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware my Department was established in June 2011.

The costs of annual pensions and retirement lump sums paid in respect of staff who retired from my Department and the bodies under its aegis in 2011 and the equivalent estimated costs for the years 2012 to 2015 are set out in the tables below. No severance payments have been made to date or are expected to be made over this period.

At this stage it is not possible to estimate the loss of superannuation contributions or pension levy from retired or departed staff.

Table 1: Department of Arts Heritage and Gaeltacht

YearEstimated Annual Cost of Pensions of staff retiring by yearEstimated Cost of Lump Sums
2011€142,000*€487,000*
2012€423,000€2,151,000
2013€119,000€644,000
2014€123,000€637,000
2015€194,000€854,000

*Actual

Agencies under the aegis of Department

YearEstimated Annual Cost of Pensions of staff retiring by yearEstimated Cost of Lump Sums
2011€398,000*€1,547,000*
2012€524,000€1,509,000
2013€372,000€974,000
2014€395,000€1,186,000
2015€341,000€590,000

*Actual

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