Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Public Sector Pay

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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138. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when all FEMPI restoration projects will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3115/20]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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I refer the Deputy to my replies to PQ 46978 of 14 November 2019 and PQ 39967 of 1 October 2019.

As the Deputy is aware, to date, salary rates up to €50,000 have been fully restored. By October 2020, salary rates up to €70,000, which accounts for over 90% of the public service, will be fully restored.

For public servants who have not achieved full restoration of the FEMPI reductions by October 2020 (i.e the date of the last PSSA increase), restoration of outstanding amounts must be completed by way of Ministerial order. This order must be made on the following dates:

For those with a post – PSSA salary of under €150,000, the order must be made before 1 July 2021, and for those with a post – PSSA salary of in excess of €150,000, the order must be made before 1 July 2022.

Under the terms of the FEMPI Act 2013, I am obliged to carry out an annual review of the operation, effectiveness and impact of the FEMPI Acts, having regard to the overall economic conditions in the State and national competitiveness. In this annual review, I am also to consider whether or not any of the provision of the relevant Acts continue to be necessary having regard to the purposes of those Acts, the revenues of the State and State commitments in respect of public service pay and pensions.

In my 2019 annual review, a written report of which was laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas on the 26thJune, I recommended the continuation of the unwinding of the FEMPI measures in line with the terms agreed under the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 – 2020 and provisions enacted in the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017.


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