Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
278. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if matters relating to a pension for a person (details supplied) will be addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44327/20]
The Deputy has asked if matters in relation to a pension for a person (details supplied) will be addressed and in this regard I wish to advise that the case concerned has been considered and addressed in the past. Indeed I understand that it has been the subject of a number of reviews by my predecessors and senior civil servants in my Department over the years in which legal advice was sought on the matter.
The position is that the person concerned and some other former employees of the Department of Transport and Power voluntarily resigned from the civil service upon accepting posts with Aer Rianta.
On transfer to Aer Rianta, with their agreement, those employees also transferred from the Civil Service Pension Scheme to the IASS. Their pension entitlements were transferred at the same time and the IASS received a contribution from the Department in full recognition of the benefit accrued.
It is the Department’s view that daa (formerly Aer Rianta) has complied with its obligations to the individual concerned and other former civil servants with regard to their pension entitlement in accordance with the terms agreed at the time they accepted a contract of employment with Aer Rianta. This position has previously been conveyed to the individual concerned.