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#Pensions

# pensions - Sunday 22 September, 2013

Union chief: 'ESB are refusing to engage in discussions'
# Strike Action
# Strike Action

Union chief: 'ESB are refusing to engage in discussions'

Sep 22nd 2013, 12:59 PM 8,693 Views 54 Comments

ESB unions voted unanimously to hold a ballot for industrial action over pensions.

# pensions - Saturday 21 September, 2013

Former Financial Regulator was paid €13,000 in untaken holidays on retirement
# Holiday Pay
# Holiday Pay

Former Financial Regulator was paid €13,000 in untaken holidays on retirement

Sep 21st 2013, 7:00 AM 9,220 Views 61 Comments

The Minister for Finance this week revealed that the former Financial Regulator has taken cuts totalling €24,000 to his pension.

# pensions - Monday 16 September, 2013

Cut in private pension tax break could facilitate universal pension for all over 65s
# Pensions
# Pensions

Cut in private pension tax break could facilitate universal pension for all over 65s

Sep 16th 2013, 8:16 AM 6,115 Views 24 Comments

A study by Social Justice Ireland was launched earlier today.

# pensions - Tuesday 10 September, 2013

Two thirds of Irish householders have seen their income reduced in past year
# Survey
# Survey

Two thirds of Irish householders have seen their income reduced in past year

Sep 10th 2013, 10:04 AM 3,541 Views 15 Comments

A new survey from Friends Firsts shows 67 per cent have seen a reduction in income. Elsewhere, there’s an increase in the number of people in work investing in a pension.

# pensions - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

Pension fund values see growth of 11 per cent
# Pensions
# Pensions

Pension fund values see growth of 11 per cent

Sep 3rd 2013, 10:53 AM 4,092 Views 13 Comments

The growth comes despite the government levy on savings which took almost €500 million last year.

# pensions - Friday 16 August, 2013

Column: I hope I hold on to my health – I don’t think I can afford to get sick
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: I hope I hold on to my health – I don’t think I can afford to get sick

Aug 16th 2013, 7:30 PM 56 Views 79 Comments

With the number of older people in consistent poverty doubling over just one year, pensioner Gordon* explains what daily life is like for him – and how he fears for the future.

# pensions - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

21 bankers in Ireland earned more than €1 million in 2011
# Bankers
# Bankers

21 bankers in Ireland earned more than €1 million in 2011

Jul 16th 2013, 8:26 AM 6,342 Views 83 Comments

Another EU state had 2,436 individuals earning over €1 million in the same year.

# pensions - Monday 17 June, 2013

Most prosecutions for failure to pay pension contributions were construction firms
# Pensions
# Pensions

Most prosecutions for failure to pay pension contributions were construction firms

Jun 17th 2013, 4:18 PM 5,049 Views 6 Comments

In the Pension Board’s annual report, it also criticised the poor pension administration and expressed concern about low assets for defined benefit schemes.

# pensions - Saturday 15 June, 2013

Bruton defends spending the last of the nation's savings
# Pension Fund
# Pension Fund

Bruton defends spending the last of the nation's savings

Jun 15th 2013, 2:23 PM 8,796 Views 67 Comments

The final €6 billion left in National Pensions Reserve Fund is to be used to boost employment, says Richard Bruton TD.

# pensions - Monday 27 May, 2013

79 per cent increase in number of complaints to pensions ombudsman
# Pensions
# Pensions

79 per cent increase in number of complaints to pensions ombudsman

May 27th 2013, 9:27 PM 5,806 Views 7 Comments

Paul Kenny’s report illustrates a significant increase in the number of difficulties experienced by the public.

# pensions - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

Column: Getting financial advice is a good idea, but check the small print
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Getting financial advice is a good idea, but check the small print

May 22nd 2013, 7:00 AM 6,802 Views 5 Comments

High commissions charged by financial advisors means there is always a conflict of interest when dealing with clients and many are far too well paid for their efforts, writes David Quinn.

# pensions - Thursday 16 May, 2013

Survey finds the majority of people are unaware of pension tax breaks
# Retirement
# Retirement

Survey finds the majority of people are unaware of pension tax breaks

May 16th 2013, 5:43 PM 8,901 Views 23 Comments

A survey for Standard Life found that the average adult has a pension of about €4,000 per annum to live on.

# pensions - Sunday 28 April, 2013

Column: Young people should leave school financially literate
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Young people should leave school financially literate

Apr 28th 2013, 8:15 AM 43 Views 36 Comments

How pensions work, how to read a payslip, dealing with personal taxes, how to choose and take out a loan (and how to pay it back), these should all be taught in school, writes Sinead Doherty.

# pensions - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Aaron McKenna: We need to pay for our pensions to remove the burden on future taxpayers
# Opinion
# Opinion

Aaron McKenna: We need to pay for our pensions to remove the burden on future taxpayers

Apr 27th 2013, 8:00 AM 17 Views 40 Comments

The only way to ensure the long-term prosperity of our retirees without burdening our children with unfair taxes is to create a state-backed – rather than entirely state funded – pension system that is means tested, writes Aaron McKenna.

# pensions - Thursday 25 April, 2013

The 5 at 5: Thursday
# Take 5
# Take 5

The 5 at 5: Thursday

Apr 25th 2013, 4:50 PM 6,724 Views 0 Comments

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

EU's top court says Ireland must pay Waterford Crystal pensions
# Pensions
# Pensions

EU's top court says Ireland must pay Waterford Crystal pensions

Apr 25th 2013, 9:44 AM 14,775 Views 177 Comments

Ten workers win a major case at the European Court of Justice, which says Ireland is responsible for stepping in.

# pensions - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

Rip-off pension charges make a 'huge difference' to your pension pot, says OECD expert
# Money Money Money
# Money Money Money

Rip-off pension charges make a 'huge difference' to your pension pot, says OECD expert

Apr 23rd 2013, 6:55 AM 7,730 Views 24 Comments

John Martin, who was behind the major OECD study published into Ireland’s pensions timebomb, says private pensions need to start sending regular letters out to people. Here’s why.

# pensions - Monday 22 April, 2013

The Evening Fix… now with added dogs comforting people
# Need To Know
# Need To Know

The Evening Fix… now with added dogs comforting people

Apr 22nd 2013, 7:55 PM 6,881 Views 0 Comments

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today…

Pensions timebomb: Let's link pension age to life expectancy, says expert
# GETTING OLD
# GETTING OLD

Pensions timebomb: Let's link pension age to life expectancy, says expert

Apr 22nd 2013, 6:51 PM 9,421 Views 83 Comments

People are living longer so it makes sense to increase the pension age beyond 68 – so says the man behind today’s OECD report into Ireland’s pensions.

The 5 at 5: Monday
# Take 5
# Take 5

The 5 at 5: Monday

Apr 22nd 2013, 4:51 PM 6,836 Views 0 Comments

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

OECD report recommends mandatory pensions for private workers
# Pensions
# Pensions

OECD report recommends mandatory pensions for private workers

Apr 22nd 2013, 2:30 PM 7,103 Views 54 Comments

The report, commissioned by Joan Burton, outlines a range of options for reforming and updating Ireland’s pensions systems.

# pensions - Monday 15 April, 2013

Column: ‘Over the past five years, I’ve seen the heart being torn from our schools’
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: ‘Over the past five years, I’ve seen the heart being torn from our schools’

Apr 15th 2013, 1:00 PM 152 Views 98 Comments

Cuts to teachers’ salaries and increased taxation have left some of my colleagues just making ends meet, writes Carmel Hume.

# pensions - Saturday 9 March, 2013

The 9 at 9: Saturday
# 9 At 9
# 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Mar 9th 2013, 8:59 AM 12,055 Views 12 Comments

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

Two years' service means ministers now guaranteed to receive pensions
# Pensions
# Pensions

Two years' service means ministers now guaranteed to receive pensions

Mar 9th 2013, 8:00 AM 13,276 Views 121 Comments

The government was appointed two years ago today – meaning senior ministers now have enough service for a pension.

# pensions - Sunday 3 March, 2013

Column: How much does each TD actually cost the State?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: How much does each TD actually cost the State?

Mar 3rd 2013, 8:00 AM 4,780 Views 118 Comments

The annual pay of ministers and TDs doesn’t come close to recognising the true financial cost of hiring them, writes Sarah O’Neill.

# pensions - Friday 1 March, 2013

Public workers have 18 months to retire on 'peak' pay
# Croke Park II
# Croke Park II

Public workers have 18 months to retire on 'peak' pay

Mar 1st 2013, 3:01 PM 18,549 Views 95 Comments

Staff who retire before August 2014 will receive pensions based on the salary they had before the ‘Croke Park 2′ pay cuts.

# pensions - Sunday 24 February, 2013

Column: Croke Park talks show there is no ease up on austerity
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Croke Park talks show there is no ease up on austerity

Feb 24th 2013, 8:15 AM 14 Views 110 Comments

Trumpeting their success with the promissory note last week, up against the unions this week. We are not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot, writes Kieran Allen.

# pensions - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Column: TDs’ pensions should reflect Ireland’s economic reality
# Pensions
# Pensions

Column: TDs’ pensions should reflect Ireland’s economic reality

Jan 30th 2013, 7:00 PM 441 Views 59 Comments

Politicians are just the same as other public servants – and their expenses should be reduced in line with the sacrifices being made across the country, writes Sarah O’Neill.

# pensions - Saturday 5 January, 2013

Savings, shopping and J.Lo: The week in numbers
# Prime Numbers
# Prime Numbers

Savings, shopping and J.Lo: The week in numbers

Jan 5th 2013, 7:30 PM 8,997 Views 4 Comments

Did Irish people get any better at saving in 2012? And how much will the next batch of new TDs pay for a pension?

# pensions - Friday 4 January, 2013

New TDs will contribute more than double to their pensions
# Political Pensions
# Political Pensions

New TDs will contribute more than double to their pensions

Jan 4th 2013, 3:07 PM 5,640 Views 22 Comments

Current TDs contribute 6 per cent of their own salary towards their pension – but that’ll rise to 13 per cent for any new ones.

# pensions - Saturday 8 December, 2012

SIPTU president urges Taoiseach to introduce pensions tax sooner
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

SIPTU president urges Taoiseach to introduce pensions tax sooner

Dec 8th 2012, 1:09 PM 5,304 Views 34 Comments

In a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Jack O’Connor says that introducing the 41 per cent rate on pensions over €60,000 sooner would obviate the need for certain cuts.

# pensions - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Finance Minister announces changes to pensions
# Pensions
# Pensions

Finance Minister announces changes to pensions

Dec 5th 2012, 4:27 PM 6,460 Views 5 Comments

The reduced USC rate for some of those aged over 70 is to be discontinued, while tax relief on pension contributions will soon only subsidise pension schemes under €60k per annum.

Budget 2013: the main points from today's announcements
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Budget 2013: the main points from today's announcements

Dec 5th 2012, 4:21 PM 42,444 Views 93 Comments

Here are the most notable measures announced by Ministers Howlin and Noonan today.

# pensions - Saturday 1 December, 2012

Budget 2013: Four days to go, here is the speculation so far
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Budget 2013: Four days to go, here is the speculation so far

Dec 1st 2012, 8:45 AM 11,807 Views 82 Comments

The Budget is days away and though there has been fewer leaks than last year there’s plenty of speculation. This is what we can expect on Wednesday… definitely, maybe.

# pensions - Thursday 29 November, 2012

Average pension income for retired women 2/3 that of men
# Pensions
# Pensions

Average pension income for retired women 2/3 that of men

Nov 29th 2012, 6:24 PM 4,243 Views 6 Comments

New figures also show that half of male retirees have a supplementary pension, but only a third of woman have one.

# pensions - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Oireachtas agenda: CIE debts, employment rights, abortion vote
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: CIE debts, employment rights, abortion vote

Nov 28th 2012, 9:15 AM 2,706 Views 8 Comments

Today’s business at Leinster House will include a debate on employment rights for immigrants of questionable working status.

# pensions - Sunday 25 November, 2012

Guineys workers still in limbo over pensions
# Closed Down
# Closed Down

Guineys workers still in limbo over pensions

Nov 25th 2012, 7:45 AM 4,646 Views 15 Comments

Many of the workers who lost their job when Guiney & Co closed down in September had more than 25 years service – but now their pension remains up in the air.

# pensions - Thursday 22 November, 2012

NTMA Chief says State Street "perpetrated a fraudulent act"
# Fraud
# Fraud

NTMA Chief says State Street "perpetrated a fraudulent act"

Nov 22nd 2012, 1:28 PM 5,002 Views 14 Comments

State Street said the individuals involved in improperly taking commission are no longer with the company.

Column: Why force people to retire at 65, or any age?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Why force people to retire at 65, or any age?

Nov 22nd 2012, 7:00 AM 1,278 Views 36 Comments

Scrapping mandatory retirement means people can contribute to the economy – and their pensions – for as long as they wish, writes Peter Kavanagh.

# pensions - Saturday 17 November, 2012

Aaron McKenna: Large pay packets aren’t an injustice – they’re a reward
# Opinion
# Opinion

Aaron McKenna: Large pay packets aren’t an injustice – they’re a reward

Nov 17th 2012, 8:15 AM 40 Views 59 Comments

Controversy over generous pension arrangements for executives means we risk throwing the baby out with the bathwater.