Dáil debates

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Other Questions

Defence Forces Pensions

4:45 pm

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I agree that Defence Forces members are different from other public servants. The Deputy may be aware that I have undertaken to review the contracts of recruits from 1994 and 2006. The change we are discussing will not affect anybody immediately, being applicable only to those who joined after 1 January 2013. This means it will be 2040 or perhaps the mid-2040s before there is an impact on personnel. As I said, the matter is under consideration by officials in my Department, and they and the representative associations have met with officials from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. I am not sure how those negotiations are going on, but it is a matter for the latter Department to find an acceptable solution to this issue.


Melissa Doherty
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 10:20 pm (Report this comment)

"This means it will be 2040 or perhaps the mid-2040s before there is an impact on personnel."

Public servants in the PDF will need to change careers far in advance of their mandatory retirement ages in order to secure reasonable pension conditions in time. They will not be able to wait until mandatory retirement age and hope that something will be arranged in time. The idea that this is an issue that can be pushed down the road shows a misunderstanding of the reality of the situation for public servants in the PDF.

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