Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Catherine Murphy (Kildare North, Independent)
Question 534: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality 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. [8275/12]
Alan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
Some 7 senior public servants who had retired from my Department were re-engaged to carry out a range of services in 2011 at a total cost of €82,065. Payments to these individuals in 2011 ranged from €400 to €44,536 in respect of work related to the Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board, the Commission for Support for Victims of Crime, legislative drafting, and work as a Human Rights Monitor.
All of the individuals concerned were paid in accordance with the provisions of the Pensions (Abatement) Act, 1965 whereby the amount of remuneration paid plus the pension payable cannot exceed the salary payable prior to retirement.
No payments have been sanctioned for current senior public servants who are about to retire from my Department.