Ombudsman for Children Act 2002

Salary, allowances for expenses and superannuation.

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5.—(1) There shall be paid to the holder of the office of Ombudsman for Children such remuneration and allowances for expenses as the Minister may from time to time, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, determine.

(2) ( a) The Minister shall, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, make and carry out, in accordance with its terms, a scheme or schemes for the granting of superannuation benefits to or in respect of persons who have held the office of Ombudsman for Children.

( b) A scheme under paragraph (a) shall fix the conditions for payment of superannuation benefits under it and different conditions may be fixed by reference to the different circumstances pertaining to the particular officeholder concerned or his or her dependants at or before the time the question of eligibility for such payment falls to be considered.

( c) The Minister may at any time, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, make and carry out, in accordance with its terms, a scheme or schemes amending or revoking a scheme under this subsection, including a scheme under this paragraph.

( d) No superannuation benefit shall be granted by the Minister, nor shall any other arrangement be entered into by the Minister for the provision of such a benefit, to or in respect of persons who have held the office of Ombudsman for Children except in accordance with a scheme under this subsection or, if the Minister, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, sanctions the granting of such a benefit, in accordance with that sanction.

( e) Any dispute that arises as to the claim of any person to, or the amount of, any superannuation benefit payable pursuant to a scheme under this subsection shall be submitted to the Minister who shall refer such dispute to the Minister for Finance, whose decision shall be final.

( f) A scheme under this subsection shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after it is made and if either such House, within the next 21 days on which that House has sat after the scheme is laid before it, passes a resolution annulling the scheme, the scheme shall be annulled accordingly, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.

( g) In this subsection “superannuation benefits” means pensions, gratuities or other allowances payable on resignation, retirement or death.

Annotations:

Editorial Notes:

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Any defined benefit scheme established under section is excluded from Pensions Act 1990 (25/1990), Part III, by Occupational Pension Schemes (Preservation of Benefits) Regulations 2002 (S.I. No. 279 of 2002), reg. 11 as substituted (26.02.2009) by Occupational Pension Schemes (Preservation of Benefits)(Amendment) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 70 of 2009), reg. 2.

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Any defined benefit scheme established under section is excluded from Pensions Act 1990 (25/1990), Part IV, by Occupational Pension Schemes (Funding Standard) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 419 of 1993), reg. 6 and sch. C, sch. C as substituted (1.08.2008) by Occupational Pension Schemes (Funding Standard)(Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 295 of 2008), reg. 4; (18.04.2013) by Occupational Pension Schemes (Funding Standard) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 135 of 2013); and (16.06.2014) by Occupational Pension Schemes (Funding Standard) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 268 of 2014).