Get smart about your pension payments

Get smart about your pension payments

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UK Pension funds to offload assets in coming weeks

UK Pension funds to offload assets in coming weeks

Britain’s company pension schemes, grappling with ageing former employees and low investment returns, may start to transfer their assets into new so-called superfunds in the coming weeks, according to people involved in the process.

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Survey finds staff in majority of Irish firms have asked to work beyond 65

Survey finds staff in majority of Irish firms have asked to work beyond 65

Irish workers’ approach to career longevity is changing, but Irish companies are ill-prepared for a labour force that wants to continue working for longer, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson.

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Irish Life tops Ombudsman complaints list

Irish Life tops Ombudsman complaints list

Pensions firm Irish Life topped the list of complaints made to the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman last year, while the main banks were also the target of grievances from customers.

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1,000 pensioners receive increase in payments

1,000 pensioners receive increase in payments

Almost 1,000 people have received an increase in their pension payments, after a review by the Department of Social Protection.

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Public service bodies to up fees to plug pensions hole

Public service bodies to up fees to plug pensions hole

The fees charged by a number of public service bodies are set to be hiked to make up for a pensions funding hole.

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Community Employment supervisors protest over decade-long pensions dispute

Community Employment supervisors protest over decade-long pensions dispute

Community Employment (CE) supervisors are protesting outside the Department of Finance this afternoon over a 10-year pensions dispute.

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Councillor criticises department for putting pension system all online

Councillor criticises department for putting pension system all online

A Dublin city councillor is hitting out at the Department of Social Protection for making pensioners go online to give information.

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Alert sounds for Irish pensions in 'challenging' investment year

Alert sounds for Irish pensions in 'challenging' investment year

Pension adviser Mercer has stepped up its warning for trustees of Irish pension funds, saying the year ahead promises to be "challenging" for investors amid “tectonic frictions in the global world order”.

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Invest Christmas bonus into pension, say Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Invest Christmas bonus into pension, say Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants have warned that those who don't invest their Christmas bonus into their pension risk losing a large portion of it to taxation.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Words are easy but action comes slow

Words are easy but action comes slow

Get promoted. Mess up in your job. Retire on a massive taxpayer-funded pension without any sanction or penalty.

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Rapist wins right to pension in jail

Rapist wins right to pension in jail

A rapist has successfully challenged the constitutionality of a law stopping payment of the old-age pension to prisoners and is entitled to €10,000 in compensation.

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TDs and solicitors brought to book

TDs and solicitors brought to book

WHEN you think about protected species in Ireland, the Natterjack toad and Kerry slug might come to mind, as they are endangered. But how about politicians and solicitors?

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Special Report: Fine Gael trio sitting on shared pension pot of €5m

Special Report: Fine Gael trio sitting on shared pension pot of €5m

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, and newly appointed Communications Minister Richard Bruton are entitled to a generous set of retirement benefits whenever they choose to bow out of political life, writes Daniel McConnell

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State cites GDPR for refusal to reveal TD pensions

State cites GDPR for refusal to reveal TD pensions

The Government has been accused of “hiding” behind GDPR rules to prevent transparency and accountability after it emerged it will no longer release details of pension payments to former senior office holders.

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Generous retirement pots await Fine Gael trio

Generous retirement pots await Fine Gael trio

Fine Gael has now been in power since March 9, 2011, and just three of its 10 ministers appointed to the Cabinet that day remain at the table — Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, and newly appointed Communications Minister Richard Bruton.

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Majority expects to be still in debt at retirement age

Majority expects to be still in debt at retirement age

A majority of people expects to be still in debt when they reach retirement age, it has emerged.

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Workers will have to pay fees to opt out of being automatically enrolled in Government pension plan

Workers will have to pay fees to opt out of being automatically enrolled in Government pension plan

Hundreds of thousands of low and middle-income earners set to be automatically enrolled in a new Government pension plan will have to pay hundreds of euros in management fees to opt out of the scheme.

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Pension plans: Ticking time bomb must be defused

Pension plans: Ticking time bomb must be defused

One of the conventions of polite society is that certain subjects are not discussed.

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Government could save €1bn a year with fairer tax relief system - ERSI

Government could save €1bn a year with fairer tax relief system - ERSI

The Government could save around €1bn a year, if it implemented a fairer tax relief system for pensions.

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Making Cents: When it pays to look to the future

Making Cents: When it pays to look to the future

Life is busy and it is easy to plan on doing something for a long time without actually getting around to it.

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Angry Clare widower reveals how he was asked to pay back €5.90 of late wife's pension

Angry Clare widower reveals how he was asked to pay back €5.90 of late wife's pension

An angry Clare man revealed today how he has received a letter from the Payroll Shared Service Centre asking him to pay back a pension over payment of €5.90 ... three months after his wife Peggy died.

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Government Pension plan a missed opportunity, study finds

Government Pension plan a missed opportunity, study finds

The Government’s new pensions plan has missed the opportunity to provide a Universal Pension as a basic right to all citizens, a new study finds.

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Latest: State pension payments will not be back-dated, says Minister

Latest: State pension payments will not be back-dated, says Minister

Latest: Pensioners who have lost out financially on State pension payments will not be reimbursed, despite a new system for calculating pensions being introduced.

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Two thirds of people do not have any private pension provision

Two thirds of people do not have any private pension provision

Around two thirds of people do not have any private pension provision.

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Irish workers could be forced to pay 10% of wages in new pension scheme

Irish workers could be forced to pay 10% of wages in new pension scheme

Irish workers could be forced to pay 10% of their wages into a new pension scheme.

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Government will not immediately address pension problems seeing many lose €1,500 a year

Government will not immediately address pension problems seeing many lose €1,500 a year

The Taoiseach has confirmed Government will not be immediately addressing pensions anomalies which have seen 42,000 people lose as much as €1,500 a year.

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Minister hits out at FF as government face Dáil defeat on pension anomaly affecting 40,000

Minister hits out at FF as government face Dáil defeat on pension anomaly affecting 40,000

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has hit out at Fianna Fáil as the Government faces an embarassing defeat in the Dáil later today over its failure to address a women’s pension anomaly in Budget 2018.

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No discrimination in Government proposal to auto-enrol all workers in pension plan, says Doherty

No discrimination in Government proposal to auto-enrol all workers in pension plan, says Doherty

The Minister for Social Protection said this morning that there will be no discrimination in the new auto-enrollment pension scheme proposed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

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Mandatory retirement age may be abolished

Mandatory retirement age may be abolished

The Citizens’ Assembly is to tell the Government to abolish mandatory retirement ages, eliminate the time gap between retirement and eligibility for the old age pension, and to link that pension to average earnings.

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Angry pensioners stage Dail protest over pension cuts

Angry pensioners stage Dail protest over pension cuts

Angry pensioners have held a protest outside the Dáil this morning over cuts to their pensions.

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Irish workers need to save over €1,000 a month more, states pension report

Irish workers need to save over €1,000 a month more, states pension report

Ireland's pension gap is the second largest in Europe according to a new survey.

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People are not planning for their pension, new report shows

People are not planning for their pension, new report shows

A new report has highlighted the lack of long-term planning on pensions in Ireland.

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Priest quits Mater board over abortion law

Priest quits Mater board over abortion law

A priest has resigned from the board of the one of the country’s largest Catholic-owned hospitals after its decision to carry out abortions under new laws.

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Mater Hospital: We will comply with abortion law

Mater Hospital: We will comply with abortion law

The Mater Hospital in Dublin stated today that it will comply with the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act.

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Poll shows growth in support for FG after abortion legislation

Poll shows growth in support for FG after abortion legislation

A new opinion poll shows support for Fine Gael has risen slightly since the new abortion laws were passed.

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Pro-life campaigners to focus on legal effort to repeal abortion legislation

Pro-life campaigners to focus on legal effort to repeal abortion legislation

Pro-life campaigners will now concentrate their efforts on repealing Ireland's new laws on abortion.

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Abortion bill signed into Irish law by President Higgins

Abortion bill signed into Irish law by President Higgins

President Michael D Higgins has passed new laws allowing abortion in Ireland under certain circumstances.

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Council of State convenes to discuss abortion bill

Council of State convenes to discuss abortion bill

President Michael D Higgins has until Wednesday to decide if new abortion legislation should be tested in the Supreme Court.

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President's Council of State to examine abortion Bill

President's Council of State to examine abortion Bill

President Michael D Higgins will convene the Council of State next Monday to discuss the abortion legislation.

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Abortion law passed by Seanad

Abortion law passed by Seanad

Landmark laws on abortion have passed fully through parliament with a final vote from the Seanad tonight.

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Woman who travelled from Ireland for abortion dies in London taxi

Woman who travelled from Ireland for abortion dies in London taxi

UK authorities are investigating the death of a woman who travelled from Dublin to London for an abortion but died hours after the procedure.

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Man withdraws High Court application for abortion travel ban

Man withdraws High Court application for abortion travel ban

A man has withdrawn an application for a High Court order stopping his pregnant girlfriend from leaving Ireland over fears her parents were putting undue pressure on her to have an abortion.

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Reilly rules out Seanad amendment to abortion regulations

Reilly rules out Seanad amendment to abortion regulations

Health Minister James Reilly has confirmed that the draft regulations to go with the abortion laws will be published this evening.

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Gilmore criticises Walsh comments on abortion bill

Gilmore criticises Walsh comments on abortion bill

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has described comments by Fianna Fáil senator Jim Walsh during the Seanad abortion debate yesterday as "inappropriate" and "over the top".

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Abortion legislation set for further Seanad debate

Abortion legislation set for further Seanad debate

The Seanad will today begin two days of debate on possible amendments to the abortion bill.

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Abortion bill passes first Seanad vote, two FG members defy whip

Abortion bill passes first Seanad vote, two FG members defy whip

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill passed its first vote in the Seanad by 41 votes to 15.

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Healy-Eames to vote against party whip on abortion bill

Healy-Eames to vote against party whip on abortion bill

Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has confirmed she will vote against her party on the abortion legislation later today.

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Kenny not contemplating presidential refusal of abortion bill

Kenny not contemplating presidential refusal of abortion bill

The Taoiseach has refused to comment on the possibility that President Michael D Higgins may not sign The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law.

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FG senators may lose party whip in Seanad abortion debate

FG senators may lose party whip in Seanad abortion debate

At least two Fine Gael Senators are likely to lose the party whip with a vote on the abortion legislation later today.

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Minister: Referring abortion Bill to Supreme Court 'entirely a matter for the President'

Minister: Referring abortion Bill to Supreme Court 'entirely a matter for the President'

It is up to the President to decide if he wants to refer the new abortion legislation to the Supreme Court, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said today.

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Abortion legislation due before Seanad

Abortion legislation due before Seanad

The Government's proposed abortion legislation is facing yet another challenge in Leinster House today.

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Abortion legislation could face Seanad obstacles

Abortion legislation could face Seanad obstacles

The Government's abortion Bill may be facing trouble in the week ahead, following questions about the jail sentences to be opposed on those who break the law.

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Creighton: 'Groupthink' comment was not criticism of FG colleagues

Creighton: 'Groupthink' comment was not criticism of FG colleagues

Lucinda Creighton has said she was not criticising her Fine Gael colleagues when she told the Dáil there was a "groupthink" evident in the debate on abortion.

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Abortion referendum 'unlikely during the lifetime of this Government'

Abortion referendum 'unlikely during the lifetime of this Government'

Junior Health Minister Alex White has said he believes there is a strong appetite for a constitutional referendum on abortion.

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Donohoe: Supreme Court referral would clarify issues on abortion bill

Donohoe: Supreme Court referral would clarify issues on abortion bill

The country’s newest junior minister believes President Michael D Higgins should refer the contentious abortion legislation to the Supreme Court.

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Sinn Féin TD suspended for voting against Bill

Sinn Féin TD suspended for voting against Bill

Peadar Toibín TD has been suspended from Sinn Féin for voting against the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.

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Debate ends as abortion Bill passes Dáil vote

Debate ends as abortion Bill passes Dáil vote

The right of a woman to access abortion to save her life - including from suicide - has been enshrined for the first time in Irish legislation following a historic Dáil vote shortly after midnight.

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Dáil passes abortion Bill

Dáil passes abortion Bill

The Government has passed legislation for the first time allowing for abortion in limited circumstances.

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Junior Minister Creighton votes against the Government

Junior Minister Creighton votes against the Government

Lucinda Creighton has lost the Fine Gael party whip after voting against the Government in the abortion debate tonight.

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