Death of a Retired Member – What to Do

The certificates hereunder will be required to support applications made by a widow or widower following the death of a Retired Member of An Garda Síochána. It is important to quote the Garda Reg. Number of the deceased as well as his/her PPS / RSI Number on all correspondence.


1. Long FORM Birth Certificate (widow / widower)
2. Death Certificate. (Retired Garda)
3. Marriage Certificate.

Above documents must be taken to Local Garda Station. Sgt will forward them via the District Officer to Garda HQ in order to have the death recorded and Garda Pension stopped.


To claim the Widow’s or a Widower’s Contributory Pension, the applicant must obtain Form No. WCPI from the Post Office or at Local Social Welfare Office. When completed, post it to the Department of Social & FamilyAffairs, College Road,Sligo, (LoCall 1890 500 000).  Note – If born or married outside the Republic of Ireland the following documents will be required :

1. Long Form Birth Certificates
2. Marriage Certificate.
3. Death Certificate.


Apply for the payment of the Garda Síochána Life Assurance Scheme to :-

The Garda Representative Association,
5th Floor, Phibsboro Tower,
Dublin 7 (Tel: 01-830 35330) E-Mail:

From 1st Nov. 2007, members of the scheme are held on cover for a reduced premium of €2 per month

until their 70th birthday. Benefit 65 to 70 yrs reduced to €10,000.


Inform the Manager, St. Paul’s Garda Medical Aid Society, Plaza 255, Blanchardstown Corporate Park 2,

Ballycoolin Road, Dublin 15. (Tel: 01-899 1604); E-Mail = of the death,

so that arrangements can be made to continue the membership in the name of the Garda Widow.


If the deceased was a Life Member of the Garda Benevolent Trust Fund, apply for a Death Benefit Grant Application Form to — The Secretary, Garda Benevolent Trust Fund Limited, 4th Floor, Phibsboro Tower, Dublin 7. (Tel: 01-8307 155) E-Mail:


Inform the Manager of both Garda Credit Unions or any Local Credit Union where the deceased had an account.
A Death Grant of €2,500 is paid by the Garda Credit Unions on receipt of the death notification if the deceased was a Credit Union Member. A death certificate will be required at a later stage to claim insurance on shares and loans. Terms & conditions apply to all these payments.

Retired members are generally advised to consider having a “Joint Tenancy Account” with Credit Unions. A Joint Tenancy Account can make it easier and more cost efficient for the surviving tenant(s). In such circumstances the balance in the account becomes the property of the surviving tenant(s). Probate can be avoided if the deceased was a holder of a “Joint Tenancy Account” as the surviving tenant(s) are already the account holder(s) and the Credit Union “Nomination” only becomes relevant on the death of a sole surviving tenant.

Member’s Spouse Life Insurance

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) and the Association of Garda Sergeants & Inspectors (AGSI) have in place Life Policy Schemes which provide “Optional Life Assurance” up to 65 years on a spouse. It is important that the appropriate Association is informed of the death of a retired member so that the surviving spouse will be able to continue the “Life Insurance” cover up to his/her 65th birthday. The following are the contact details for the Associations:-

G.R.A. = 5th Floor, Phibsboro Tower, Dublin 7. E-Mail:- telephone 01-830 3533

A.G.S.I. = 6th Floor, Phibsboro Tower, Dublin 7. E-Mail: telephone: 01-830 3166



You may need up to five (originals) certificates to support the applications, pension, grants

or benefits. To obtain these original certificates it will be necessary to call, write or phone —-

The Registrar of Births, Marriages & Deaths in your area. Inform the Registrar of the reason for the

certificates because a cheaper rate may apply when required for Social Welfare Purposes.



For further details in relation to above, please contact Sgt. Gerry O’ Neill, District Office, Mount Joy Garda Station, North Circular Road, Dublin.  Telephone No :  01-666 8678.  E-Mail Address:



From the 1st January 2014 the Telephone Allowance will be discontinued.
Changes will take place in relation to the Electricity Allowance for which a €35 Cash Credit will be available to people over 66 who are Living Alone. Television Licence (Issued free of charge)

If the widow /widower is living alone and aged 66 years or over, she should call to the Local Post Office and collect the relevant Application Form for the Household Benefit Package.


Della Murray, Insp – Garda Employee Assistance Office, 16 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1.
Tel. 01-8980 120 Mobile: 086-8281683. E-Mail =

She has responsibility for overseeing the day to day running of the Garda Welfare Service which has eight

Garda Employee Assistance Officers covering the entire country. The Garda Employee Assistance Officers will be

able to assist Garda Retired Members and Garda Widows.

Please click here to view list of Garda Employee Assistance Officers.

Garda Chaplain (Mount Argus)

Fr. Joe Kennedy, C.P.

Telephone Numbers :- 086- 8281 080

Mobile No 2 ———– 087-9580 562

All the above details are for reference and information purposes only and no recommendations are to be implied. No liability can be accepted for information contained in this article. As personal circumstances vary, legal advice may be necessary for individual cases.



Click on PDF Copy of Document for easy download: Death of Retired Garda — What to Do ( PDF Copy) up-dated May. 2016.

15 Responses to Death of a Retired Member – What to Do

  1. Frank October 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    very informative,and useful article

    • Tim October 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Many thanks for nice comment. We would always welcome ideas on how to improve it. Tim

  2. patrick joseph mc January 22, 2014 at 11:31 pm #


  3. John Brennan January 7, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    The above information is the best presented that I have seen over the years. Having been involved recently as an executor of a will I can testify that it can be a very stressful time for the immediate family of the deceased. While some of the financial organisations can be very helpful others seemed determined to be as awkward as possible when we were trying to resolve matters relating to the estate. None of us wish to dwell too much on our inevitable death but I would certainly recommend everyone to think carefully about their estate and how they wish that it be disposed of after their death. Good financial advice and planning will make things easy for your family and ideally reduce or eliminate any tax liabilities

  4. patrick o January 10, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    Many thanks to person(s) who prepared this information.
    This is invaluable to us.

  5. Peter FitzGerald January 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    The above information is very useful and is very clear. At the very least members should print it off and leave it available to the family so that they can follow up. I suspect very many families would know very little about any of the above.
    Well done and thank you .

    Might I , with respect, point out one thing that may need to be updated.
    The address given for the Catholic Obsequies, Sgt Gerry O’Neill’s address is give as FitzGibbon Street, which is no longer a Garda Station.

    Would you perhaps include some information on the importance of making a will and how to go about it ?

  6. James C. March 12, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    I completely concur with all of the foregoing comments. This is an excellent article incorporating everything that must be done and the various bodies which should be notified when this sad event occurs. Congratulations to the author!

  7. Denis Motherway April 12, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    Denis Motherway.

    Yes, a very useful document indeed, and well worth printing off. If I may suggest also, a call to revenue at this sad time might be worth thinking about.

    Many thanks for all your efforts on our behalf.

  8. patrick joseph mc December 11, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    It should be noted that in event of dependant children in full time education or training and entitled to a pension , certificates are required in respect of each dependant. certificates cost 20 euros each, In changing times where every euro of public money is examined and excuse possible used to avoid payment or even delay it is each members duty to ensure one s correct information is on record to facilitate relatives. It is also imperative that any member under 66 and not working and paying P.RSI sign on for credits ,At this stage pensions are individual to each member depending on date of joining the gardai and the pension schemes ,People can only be advised but it is up to each person to make sure their family are protected from needless trauma by acts of ommission

  9. Gerard January 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    Very informative and helpful.

  10. michael joseph February 2, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    The above is indeed an excellent article outlining in a clear manner the procedure in the sad event of a death. It should be printed and placed with wills and particulars of possessions, bank accounts, insurance policies title documents etc with solicitor or other place where it can be found.

    Michael Carty

  11. Edward S February 29, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

    Congrats Tim et al in keeping this valuable document to the forefront on the web and sadly so few can access and less can print it out. For my sins I have returned to the Dunlaoghaire Branch Committee as information officer and every member of the branch will be issued with a copy with the branch blas and starting with the AGM. Regards, Ed Ryan

  12. Thomas G. April 9, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    It is a very excellent and informative document. Regards Thomas G.Keating

  13. timothy May 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    Good to have this information, thanks.
    It is fact that there are many deceased members’ families who are unaware of the existence of death grants/entitlements and go unclaimed. Family scatter and death and its aftermath was never discussed or paper trail left behind and neither any further links to force exist Could the Benevolent Trust Fund and Welfare Officers be made aware of deaths by either Pension Sec or Gda H/Qrs for a claim check Local stns have a part to play here too.

  14. LaytownPops May 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    Just to add my thanks and appreciation for the work done on this article.

    Several comments have suggested printing out this article – as part of my work, I frequently have to select/print articles off the web – it is not so easy to print multiple pages like this article – the web links, search bars, advertisements etc don’t make for easy / clear printing.

    Could I suggest that this be published as a .pdf document or maybe a MS Word document as a separate download for members/their families?

    Well done again,

    Brian J. Kealy, Limerick

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