Written answers

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Department of Education and Skills

Departmental Agencies

9:00 pm

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin North Central, Independent)
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Question 266: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide the number of retired persons serving on State boards and commissions; and the amount it is costing the State. [10351/12]

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
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There are currently seven retired public servants serving on boards of bodies under the aegis of my Department where annual remuneration fees apply.

In addition the Chairpersons of both the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB) and the Residential Institutions Review Committee (RIRC) are both retired public servants and are paid salaries subject to pension abatement. Two other members of the RIRC are retired public servants who are paid a per diem rate subject to pension abatement.

A summary of fees paid to retired public servants relating to Bodies under the aegis of my Department is provided for the Deputy’s information. Details relating to private pensions in respect of board members of bodies are not held by either my Department or individual bodies. Summary of Fees paid to retired public servants relating to Bodies under the aegis of the Department of Education & Skills

Board NameNumber Retired Public ServantsFees Applicable
FÁS1€11,790 per annum (Ordinary Member)
Grangegorman Development Authority1€8,978 per annum (Chairperson)
Higher Education Authority1€7,695 per annum (Ordinary Member)
Skillnets Ltd1€5,985 per annum (Ordinary Member)
State Examinations Commission3€11,970 per annum (Chairperson)€7,695 per annum (Ordinary Member)
Residential Institutions Redress Board1The Chairperson of the RIRB has recently retired from the Judiciary and the salary payable will be the difference between the pension payable and the approved annual remuneration rate of €212,005.
Residential Institutions Review Committee3The Chairperson of the RIRC is paid an annual salary for a Supreme Court judge subject to abatement to take account of his pension. Since October 2011 the Chairperson has taken a 50% voluntary reduction in salary.Two other board members of the RIRC are paid a per diem rate subject to pension abatement. The per diem rate from 1st January 2011 is €668 per day.
Total Retired Public Servants in receipt of payments:11

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