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#Pensions

# pensions - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

OECD report recommends mandatory pensions for private workers

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’

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"

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?

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

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

# pensions - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

Labour TD calls for bankers' pay and pensions to be tackled

Labour Party TD for Dublin North Brendan Ryan says the Irish public “will not stand for further cuts in education or other frontline services”.

Top execs pension contributions 36 times more than other staff

ESRI research shows companies contribute an average of €100,000 for top executives compared to just €2,700 for other employees.

Half of Údarás na Gaeltachta budget spent on former employees' pensions

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh said the government is doing “untold damage” to the future of the Gaeltacht.

# pensions - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Gilmore says €500,000 salaries for bank executives is "not acceptable"

The Tánaiste’s comments follow the release of figures that show six current executives at the former Anglo Irish Bank earn over half a million euro a year.

# pensions - Wednesday 7 November, 2012

Super-levy needed for high pensions, says Labour Party Chairman

All pensions over €100,000 a year should be subject to a levy of 10 per cent, rising to 25 per cent on pensions over €500,000, says Colm Keaveney TD.

# pensions - Tuesday 6 November, 2012

AIB chief executive asks senior executives to give up pensions

Enda Kenny says the AIB chief has written to former executives, asking them to recall their ‘moral responsibility’.

# pensions - Saturday 27 October, 2012

Saorview, sales and Shakhtar Donetsk: The week in numbers

Plus – what’s the monetary value of virginity? And what was Ireland’s best-performing sales sector in September?

# pensions - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

The Evening Fix: Now with added muscle music

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

Charges could see value of pensions drop by 31pc - report

A Department of Social Protection report says costs levied by pension companies can take huge chunks off their value.

# pensions - Saturday 13 October, 2012

Tolls, prizes and liquid nitrogen: The week in numbers

How much is the Nobel Prize worth to YOU? And after the first two debates, how likely is it that Obama will remain president?

# pensions - Friday 12 October, 2012

Strike likely as talks over Aer Lingus and DAA pensions break down

Efforts to resolve the €748 million deficit in the pensions scheme ended “in disarray” last night, SIPTU says.

# pensions - Wednesday 10 October, 2012

Aer Lingus warns over €748 million pension deficit

The airline said it has put forward proposals as part of the Labour Relations Committee process seeking to improve pension prospects for employees.

# pensions - Friday 5 October, 2012

Row rumbles on as Siptu rejects DAA/Aer Lingus offer

Aer Lingus has slammed Siptu, accusing the trade union of releasing “wildly inaccurate details” about the process.

# pensions - Saturday 22 September, 2012

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning! Here are nine things you should know as you start your day…

Guineys workers told: 30 years service? Sorry, no pensions

The employees found out about the shop closure after a phone call on Monday telling them not to come into work the next day.

# pensions - Saturday 15 September, 2012

Teeth, taxes and Junior Certs: the week in numbers

Just HOW well did Ireland do at the Paralympics? And which country’s population has the most smokers?

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