Dáil Éireann - Volume 415 - 18 February, 1992

Written Answers. - Departmental Employees.

437. Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Labour whether his Department have recently appointed or employed in a permanent or temporary position, persons who previously had service with State or semi-State organisations and who, in [2187] addition to any remuneration they receive from his Department, are in receipt of State pensions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Labour (Mr. Cowen): Excluding temporary fee paid appointments, my Department has no knowledge of appointing or employing into a permanent or temporary position recently, i.e in the last twelve months, any persons who previously had service with State or semi-State organisations and who in addition to any remuneration they receive from my Department are in receipt of State pensions.

In the case of fee paid appointments, my Department is aware that one recent appointment as a workers member of the Employment Appeals Tribunal, appointed on the nomination of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, is a former civil servant who was awarded a State pension on retirement.

In the case of appointments involving persons who retired on pension from the Civil Service their earnings are subject to the Pensions (Abatement) Act and, therefore, their earnings in any one year cannot exceed the difference between the current equivalent of their retiring salaries and their pensions.