Below is a reply from the Minister which is not very helpful. Would it help if we also asked the Minister for Tourism etc?
For Written Answer on :17/02/2022
Question Number(s): 200Question Reference(s): 8950/22
Department:Public Expenditure and Reform
Asked by: Bríd Smith T.D.
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position in relation to the RTÉ pension scheme; if he plans to sanction a rise for pensioners whose pensions have been frozen since 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
I do not have primary Ministerial responsibility for any of the Commercial Semi State Bodies (CSSBs). It is usually a matter for the Government Department under whose aegis responsibility for individual CSSBs falls to consider and propose, as appropriate, any changes to pension scheme rules together with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media is responsible for the governance of RTÉ and for ensuring that RTÉ is fully compliant with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies including in relation to pension scheme issues.
My Department will consider the issue when a completed set of business case and technical assessment documents are submitted, in line with the requirements of Circular 16/2021 (Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies – Amendments to the Annex on Remuneration and Superannuation).
The overall maturity of pension schemes and the impact of pension increases on the long term sustainability of pension funds are important overall considerations in such cases.