Minister Howlin’s Letter on FEMPI

Garda Siochána Retired Members Association (GSRMA), have been continuously
pursuing the objective of having our pensions fully restored.  With that in
mind our General Secretary communicated with each and  every TD, all 166 and
each member of Seanad Eireann.  These communications, from General
Secretary,  were prior to and after the introduction of FEMPI Act 2015 in
Oireachtas.  Each GSRMA member should be aware that almost all TD’s ignored
these communications, and did not respond to GSRMA.

The exceptions to this rule, was Deputy Sean Fleming, TD Fianna Fail, and a
small number of TD’s who simply passed the correspondence to either the
Minister for Finance Minister for Public Sector Reform.

What our General Secretary had hoped to achieve was the total removal of all
anomalies within the FEMPI Acts, to ensure fairness and equality within the
application of the Acts in question which would have resulted in increases
in pension to all GSRMA members. Likewise the General Secretary set out a
number of amendments to the FEMPI Bill 2015 which again would have resulted
in increases to our pension, and its total restoration within a shorter
timeframe than envisaged by Government.  Deputy Sean Fleming moved many of
these amendments, together with many of his own and all were rejected within
the Oireachtas, on the floor of the house and within Committee stage of the
moving of the legislation in question.

Deputy Jim Daly TD also made representations on our behalf, and Minister for
Public Sector Reform, Brendan Howlin, TD wrote back to Deputy Daly on the
15th. December 2015, setting out why he has rejected the proposed amendments
as set out by your General Secretary.

Members should note that direct representations were had by Mr Willie
Gleeson, then Vice President of AGSI to Deputy Daly TD, as a serving member
of An Garda Siochana and on behalf of the GSRMA organisation, as Willie was
about to retire.  The letter as now published has come to GSRMA through
Willie Gleeson, and we thank him for his efforts on our behalf.

I urge each member of GSRMA to read the Minister’s letter as now published,
in the page and a half of text there is little hope extended to retired
members of An Garda Siochana as to the full restoration of their hard earned
pensions, but  a great deal of self-justification as to his actions and that
of Government in the moving and passing of various FEMPI legislation since

Each and every day An Taoiseach and all members of this Government are
telling us the emergency is over, yet we continue to live under Financial
Emergency Legislation, so the question is WHY?

You will all have received your January pension payment and will note the
miniscule increase in your take home pension.  By 2019 there will be a
gradual increase in this type of annual  slow painful restoration in your
pension.  Unfortunately many of us will not see 2019, so for some members
they will never get the benefit of any restoration.

Remember the General Election is about to be called.  The long anticipated
date is eagerly awaited.  Many of these TD’s and many new potential TD’s
will be calling on you for your vote.  Remember the question of your Pension
Restoration.  From now until April we will get many empty promises of

This information is passed to all GSRMA members so that all are aware, that
efforts as to restoration are ongoing, but that brick wall seems to be
around every corner.

Collectively we may improve on that situation.

Paschal Feeney
General Secretary

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2 Responses to Minister Howlin’s Letter on FEMPI

  1. patrick joseph mc January 10, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    Strange logic and contradictions ,I take no pleasure in seeing the present day public service working in inhuman condition, There is something wrong when two extra days annual leave as seen as a substitute for not getting meal breaks .the media never take into account the long term damage to peoples health, DIABETES is growing as people are getting it an younger age. the saying ;Eaten Bread is soon Forgotten: is very applicable to retired public service especially Gsrma who worked with and knew who paid the ultimate price with their life a fact many now want to forget. .Our only hope is for each to do a little for the cause instead of leaving it to the few

  2. Arthur O January 22, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    The Minister’s letter was obviously penned by a person overly hell bent on comprehensively distressing, insulting and delivering extreme bad news to very honorable retired members of An Garda Síochána who gave the bigger proportion of their lives to serving their country – many of whom went out to work and never returned home alive. Eighty eight to be precise made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in service to the sovereign people over such a short history. May they rest in peace.

    The countless hundreds who were seriously injured, maimed and psychologically destroyed also bear testament to a unique honourable career-calling.

    Furthermore, the unsocial hours and shifts worked has had a life-shortening detrimental effect on most from the point of health and safety in the area of sleep deprevation – suffered for a lifetime. Indeed this same extreme health danger is still presently being perpetrated by the authorities against serving members of An Garda Síochána.

    We certainly can be assured of one thing – government and politicians generally have absolutely no respect for retired or serving members of An Garda Síochána without whom they and members of other protected state organisations cannot walk the streets of the nation.

    Can we really expect more dastardly unrealistic outcomes for our whittled distressed pensioners when we’re dealing with such an uncaring, bullying, dysfunctional, autocratic government who have recently given themselves a PAYRISE and who continually speak of an economic upturn as we stumble into a general election. In all of the circumstances, and particularly in trying to take the Ministers letter into consideration, it is to be concluded that politicians and senior civil servants and others are LIVING WAY BEYOND OUR MEANS and that they don’t give a toss about anyone else but themselves and their cronies.

    Whether any politicians are family, friends or neighbors it is now time to treat them with equal disdain and disrespect.

    The parliamentary majority enjoyed by the present government has extended to them some very poor basic governance attributes becoming that of a body charged with supposedly governing our country and an autocratic attitude which has festered into tenacious bullying tendencies whereby they have thought nothing of even letting some of their own go without a second thought.

    Many of our retired members will pass in poverty before the timeframe envisaged by the dysfunctional disrespectful minister and his ministry.

    My gloves are off for this and other reasons and I will have no hesitancy in vigorously confronting them with some factual information and a large family-wide undertaking not to vote for these freeloader parasites of our nation.

    To say I’m a bit pissed-off would be an understatement and I call on the majority of our members who obviously feel the same way to come out and let those candidates see what our real ire is like as they seek another term in what is readily identified now as a questionable occupation.

    It’s now or never!

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