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Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Thursday, 17 October 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 555 No. 4

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 80. Mr. R. Bruton Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton  asked the Minister for Finance Information on Charlie McCreevy Zoom on Charlie McCreevy  when he will implement the promise of incremental credit for former female civil servants for pension; and when the award was recommended. [18699/02]

Minister for Finance (Mr. McCreevy): Information on Charlie McCreevy Zoom on Charlie McCreevy I understand the question relates to the issue of pensions for women who had to retire from the Civil Service on marriage. The position is that, prior to 31 July 1973, the law required that female employees in the Civil Service had to resign on marriage. In such cases, employees under pension age qualified for marriage gratuities of 1/12th of salary per year of service, subject to a maximum of one year's salary.

I would point out that, where a person who resigns before pension age subsequently becomes a civil servant, the break in service does not debar the reckoning of the prior service for purposes of any pension benefits for which they subsequently become eligible in respect of the later service. In order to aggregate the periods of service, an appropriate refund must be made in respect of any payment made to them on the occasion of the initial resignation. This would be of benefit to any of the employees affected by the marriage bar who re-entered the Civil Service after 1973.

I have no plans to change the superannuation Acts to provide pensions for officers who resigned on marriage before 1973. I would point out that any such change would, inter alia, have wide ramifications in relation to employees who left the public service before the introduction of preserved pension entitlements.

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