The austerity measures introduced by successive Governments in recent years have had particular impact on pensioners as they have entered a stage of life where they no longer have other means of income generation in the main. This report looks in particular at the impact of these measures on members of the Garda Síochána Retired Members Association.
The Garda Síochána Retired Members Association covers all retired members of the force and therefore has members ranging from retired gardaí to retired commissioner level. The pension reductions and additional taxes introduced over recent years will obviously impact the members differently given the varied pension scales based on rank at retirement but this must be viewed in the context of attained standards of living gained through promotion up the ranks of An Garda Síochána during the years of service with the organsiation. Therefore, it would be unreasonable to focus solely on the impact of the cutbacks and additional taxes on lower grade pensions as the expectations of retirees who held more senior positions in the force have also been significantly eroded.
Over the course of the past six years, successive Budgets, financial emergency measures and national pay agreements have resulted in members experiencing public service pension reductions, additional taxes and reductions in standards of living. The calculations reported herein have been made on the basis of members who retired with full long service increments at their respective grades at retirement taking account of pensionable allowances at that grade on an average basis as allowances would have varied by reference to the duties and roles performed by each member at their grade.