Written answers

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Department of Education and Skills

Departmental Staff Remuneration

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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222. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the case of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53777/18]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The person in question is in receipt of a teacher’s pension awarded under the statutory primary school teachers’ pension scheme.

The service on which that pension is based consists of:

- Periods of part-time teaching service over the period September 1997 to February 2014 in respect of which salary was paid via my Department

- A short period of part-time service given between November 1991 and February 1994 with an Education and Training Board (ETB), formerly a VEC, which was transferred under the public service Superannuation Transfer Network

- A period of added service awarded where retirement on grounds of permanent ill health is granted

Officials from my Department will contact the ETB in question to request they review the person’s service history with the ETB to ensure that all pensionable service has been included in the aforementioned calculation of service.

The Deputy may be aware that statutory pension schemes provide for service which may be reckoned as pensionable. Certain categories of service which do not reach certain specified thresholds of hours are not reckonable under the terms of the schemes.

The Deputy will appreciate that the statutory pension schemes set down the criteria for the reckoning of service and departure from the provisions of the schemes is not permissible in individual cases.


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