Written answers

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Public Sector Pensions

Photo of Gary GannonGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats)
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729. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there are any options for persons who have survived serious illness including cancer to continue working for a limited number of hours per week and to continue to avail of their public service pensions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15089/22]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Third level institutes are responsible for the administration of the pension schemes under their remit and will be aware of their responsibility to operate in accordance with the provisions of the relevant pension schemes.  I respect the autonomy of the third level institutions and their responsibility to operate in compliance with regulations. 

In general, public sector pension schemes provide for early retirement on the grounds of ill health and while I am mindful that there are cases with mitigating factors, I would encourage individuals in such circumstances to engage with the relevant institutions concerned.  


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