Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Catherine Murphy (Kildare North, Independent)
Question 760: To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport 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. [8279/12]
Leo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
Five retired civil servants from my Department who were rehired during 2011 are still working in the Department. Four are Radio Officer grade III and one is an Aeronautical Officer Grade 1. They are working on an ad hoc basis and are paid according to the salary scale applicable to the grade they retired on subject to the standard abatement rules (i.e. the pension is reduced so that when added to the remuneration of any new position to which a pensioner is appointed, the sum is no greater than the remuneration of the position from which the pensioner retired). These staff are required for essential front-line functions until such time as replacements can be appointed. With regard to current senior staff who are about to retire from my Department, no remuneration, stipends, expense facility, financial facilities or similar payments have been sanctioned or are scheduled to be made beyond their accrued pension entitlements.