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Scheme Public Service Pension Scheme Information

The new Single Public Service Pension Scheme commenced on 1 January 2013 following the provisions of The Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012.

If you commenced pensionable employment in the Irish Public Service on or after 1 January 2013 you will, in general, be a member of the Single Scheme.

The main elements of the Scheme are:

  • Public Service Defined Benefit Pension Scheme;
  • Career average earnings are used to calculate a pension and lump sum benefit. The amounts accrue in each year of pensionable service and are increased by reference to inflation;
  • The minimum pension age for most members is linked to the qualifying retirement age for the Irish State contributory pension. The State retirement age is currently 66 years, rising to 67 years in 2021 and 68 years in 2028;
  • There is a compulsory upper retirement age of 70;
  • Post-retirement pension increases are linked to inflation.

For more details on the provisions of the Single Scheme, please see the Scheme Information Booklet made available to the University by the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform.

Single Scheme Data Privacy Notice

One of the legal requirements for the Single Public Service Pension Scheme is to share membership data with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER). The data will be securely uploaded to the Single Scheme Databank which was established by DPER in order to ensure all data is captured in a standard format, safeguarded against potential loss of data and to aid the implementation of any future long term administrative model. In accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements a detailed privacy notice is available on the Single Scheme website.