Written answers

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Pension Provisions

Photo of Bríd SmithBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance)
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67. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he plans to change the rules of the RTÉ pension scheme, or other similar schemes, in view of fears that there may be an effective €30 million or €500,000 per annum raid of assets of the pension savings of retired RTÉ employees and in view of the fact in 2019 he refused a 1% pension increase; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37290/20]

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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I do not have primary Ministerial responsibility for any of the commercial Semi State bodies. Under the various pension scheme rules, in the first instance, it is a matter for the Government Department under whose aegis responsibility for individual commercial semi State Bodies falls to consider and approve any changes to pension scheme rules with the consent of the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Regarding the specific issue of any possible implications for the rules of the RTÉ pension scheme arising from changes relating to annual administration fees, this is for the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to consider initially and I understand that the matter is currently under ongoing consideration by that Department.

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