Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004

New entrant.

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2.—(1) Subject to subsections (2) to (6), reference in this Act to “new entrant” means a person who is not serving in a public service body, or a body to which Schedule 1 relates, on 31 March 2004 but becomes a public servant on or after 1 April 2004.

(2) Where a person is not a public servant (by virtue of the exclusions to “public servant” in section 1 ) but is a person to whom—

( a) paragraph (i) of those exclusions relates and such person holds, or had held on or before 31 March 2004, the office to which that paragraph relates, or

( b) paragraph (ii), (iii), (iv) or (v) of those exclusions relates and such person holds on 31 March 2004 an office or position to which one of those paragraphs relates or to whom subsection (3) would apply if the office or position were that of a public servant within the meaning of this Act,

then, where such person on or after 1 April 2004 becomes a public servant for the purposes of this Act, then that person shall be deemed not to be a new entrant.

(3) Where—

( a) a person on 31 March 2004—

(i)   stands seconded from the public service to a body not in the public service, either within or outside the State or both, or

(ii) is absent on leave with or without pay from the public service,

and

( b) that person is entitled to resume his or her office or position or another office or position within the public service,

then that person shall not be treated as a new entrant if he or she resumes his or her office or position, or takes up another office or position, within the public service on or after 1 April 2004.

(4) Where—

( a) a person duly receives a written offer of appointment as a public servant before 1 April 2004 and takes up that offer after that date,

( b) a person was serving in a public service body or a body to which Schedule 1 relates prior to 31 March 2004 and left such an office or position and takes up appointment as a public servant on or after 1 April 2004—

(i) under the same contract of employment, or

(ii) no later than 26 weeks following the last day of service prior to 31 March 2004,

or

( c) a person who immediately before 1 April 2004 stood admitted as a trainee Garda to the Garda College at Templemore,

and where—

(I) but for this subsection, subsection (1) would apply to him or her, and

(II) where paragraph (a) applies, the terms of the offer of appointment would be contravened if subsection (1) were to apply,

then, such person shall not be regarded as a new entrant and the provisions applicable to a public servant shall, but only in so far as the application of provisions relating to retirement age and superannuation, as the case may be, apply in the same manner as to a person serving in the public service on 31 March 2004.

(5)( a) Where before 1 April 2004 a person was a member of either House of the Oireachtas or the European Parliament, or was a holder of a qualifying office, then such person shall not be regarded as a new entrant for the purposes of any superannuation benefit payable in respect of membership of the Oireachtas or the European Parliament or in respect of any qualifying office.

( b) A person who holds or has held the office of Taoiseach shall not be regarded as a new entrant in relation to any superannuation benefit payable in respect of the holding of a qualifying office.

(6) Where on or after 1 April 2004 a public servant who is not a new entrant ceases to serve in a public service body or in a body to which Schedule 1 relates and does so otherwise than for employment in another public service body or in a body to which Schedule 1 relates, then that person shall, if he or she subsequently applies for an office or position within the public service, be treated as a new entrant in respect of such subsequent service unless he or she takes up appointment—

( a) under the same contract of employment, or

( b) as a public servant no later than 26 weeks following the last day of service prior to cessation.

(7) For the purpose of supplementing subsection (5), the Act referred to in columns 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 2 is amended to the extent specified in column 3 of that Part opposite the references to the Act concerned.

Annotations:

Modifications (not altering text):

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Application of subss. (2), (3) and (4) modified (1.01.2013) by Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 (37/2012), s. 48(1)(b) and (2), S.I. No. 574 of 2012.

Application of Scheme to certain persons.

48.— (1) Where the Minister considers it appropriate in the circumstances, the Minister may, at his or her discretion, by order set a date or dates beyond which the provisions of either or both—

( a) subsections (3)(b), (4) and (5) of section 10 , and

( b) subsections (3), (4) and (5) of section 2 of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004,

shall not apply having regard to—

(i) the orderly cesser of a pre-existing public service pension scheme either generally or in respect of any class or classes of persons, or

(ii) providing for efficiencies in the management and administration of the public service generally or any part of it.

(2) Where an order is made under subsection (1) that relates to a person, then nothing in this section shall be read so as to detrimentally affect any entitlements of such person that accrued before the order was made.