AGM Thurles Branch

Thurles Branch AGM, held in Anner Hotel, Thurles on Monday 20th. March 2017. Receiving his Certificate of Appreciation, Tim Kerrigan, Maureen Kerrigan (wife) & General Secretary Paschal Feeney, also a member of Thurles Branch. Thurles Branch AGM at Anner Hotel Thurles on Monday 20th. March 2017. L to R. General Secretary Paschal Feeney; Sean Moore; […]

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Go For Life National Games event 10th June 2017

Go For Life is an Age & Opportunity porgramme funded by Sport Ireland. The overall aim of Go for Life is to get older people more active, more often. The aim of the Go for Life Games is to involve older people in recreational sport. The Games involve three sports: Lobbers, Flisk & Scidils. These […]

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Clarification on Issue of Forms P.60

Email below as received from PSSC helpdesk for information of all GSRMA members, who have been trying to second guess the situation as it now pertains. Paschal Feeney General Secretary quote  Hello Paschal,  Apologies for the delay in replying to your query.  We currently have a backlog due to a high volume of emails.  Garda […]

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Additional Vacancies at the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia)

For your information, two additional positions at the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia) are now being advertised as secondment opportunities.   In addition to the three positions initially advertised, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is also seeking civilian experts to fill the following roles: SOM-054/SOM-060 Coast Guard Adviser SOM-067/SOM-071 […]

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Vacancies at the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently seeking civilian experts to fill the following roles only at the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia): SOM-063 Political Adviser SOM-086 Strategic Maritime Adviser SOM-094 Head of Field Office Somaliland / Senior Maritime Adviser Should you wish to apply for one of these […]

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Dealing with Bereavement – McCrea Funeral Home

Having to deal with the passing away of a loved one can be the most stressful and emotional time in a person’s life.   Having been a member of An Garda Síochána and a member of the Garda Retired Association and working in the family business all my life ,I have the experience of dealing […]

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Carlow Branch GSRMA Certificate of Appreciation Presentation

GSRMA Carlow Branch member Patrick Doorey ,retired on the 15th August 1996 as Sergeant after 37 years service in An Garda Siochana. He currently resides at Baltinglass Hospital, Co. Wicklow. On a recent visit to Baltinglass from two of his former colleagues, retired members, Tom Egan ( Branch Sec) and John Kelly, Carlow Branch, presented him with a […]

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Leaked memo from Government on Public Sector Pay/Pensions increases and its consequences for Public Services

Carefully leaked memo from Government late yesterday afternoon, in time for today’s Press. Ministers told spending plans will have to be funded by diverting money Donohoe warns Cabinet new pay deal and housing plan will eat into available funding Minister for Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe says that Ministers should set out their highest priority policy […]

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GCBI.(Garda Competency Based Interviews)

Vincent O Brien, Letterkenny and John Mc Fadden, Ballyshannon set up a small business providing Interview coaching for new applicants for An Garda Siochana / appointments and promotions within An Garda Siochana. They have also provided Interview coaching for applicants in the public service, County Council, Military, Third level and the private sector. To date they […]

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Class of January 1967 Reunion

On the outing to Westport we were delighted to have a group of the January class of 1967 join us to celebrate their golden jubilee. George Daly was the person who managed to get the group together as it was a great opportunity to have their reunion and spend a few days together. On the […]

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Age Action – National Silver Surfer Awards 2017

Silver Surfer Awards 2017 – Don’t Delay, Nominate Someone Today! Age Action together with new sponsor Open eir have joined forces to search for Ireland’s top Silver Surfers. The awards celebrate and showcase older peoples’ use of the internet and technology as well as the volunteers who teach these skills. The awards will be presented […]

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Non Issue of Garda Pension Slips January 2017

As all are now aware no pension slips have issued for January. I have raised this totally unacceptable situation with Garda Commissioner.  here is the latest update, as issued from Pension Payments Section, Killarney. Paschal, I have been told that there are approx. 8000 payslips now printed and these will be put in the post […]

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End to Pension increases – Retired Pub. Sector.

The Irish Independent, 27th December, 2016 reports:  “An end to pension increases for retired public-sector workers is on the table in the next round of pay talks. Public-service pensioners have traditionally benefited from pay parity, which means they go up when there is an increase in the salary of the person in their old job. […]

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Pensions and job security to quell public pay demands

Pensions and job security to quell public pay demands   Pension values will be firmly on the negotiating table after it was revealed a garda’s retirement pot is worth from €30,000 to €40,000 a year. Unions are also demanding that their members’ job security not be used “against them” in a comparison with private sector […]

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‘To attract top talent, increase pay for high ranking public staff ’

Garda pension again comes in for comment. Open season on Garda pensions……….. Commission hears remuneration for most State employees remains very attractive The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has said there was “no problem” in recruiting new entrants to the public service in general on existing terms. File photograph: Getty Images   The Government […]

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Talks on Garda pay ‘anomalies’

Talks on Garda pay ‘anomalies’ The timing of the negotiations is also a significant win for IMPACT and other unions, who argued that the talks should be brought forward to the first half of next year, rather than taking place at an unspecified time in 2018. The significance of the revised timetable is that new provision […]

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Did you Retire in 2012

GSRMA Members Tax Relief on Additional contributions to Spouses and Children Pension Deductions from Retirement Gratuity Members who had reductions from their lump sum payment in respect of additional contributions to the Spouses and Children Pension are entitled to tax relief on this. There is a general four year time limit on claiming reliefs. I […]

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Delay in Issue of pension Slips

I have just been informed by Garda pension Payments Section that there is a delay in the production of Pension slips this month.  See copy notification below. Mr. Feeney Please note that due to a technical issue with the printing equipment there will be a delay of at least one day with the receipt of […]

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Update on Recent happenings within Alliance of Retired Public Servants.

Noel O’Sullivan, Vice Chairman of Alliance of Retired Public Servants, and GSRMA Central Committee member reports from the the most recent Alliance meeting. Hereunder are the main points discussed: Urgent meeting with Minister Pascal Donohue re. Industrial Relations has been requested and reply from the Minister is on the way to Alliance. Alliance had meeting […]

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Public Pay Commission

Many of you are asking what is the position with the new Public Pay Commission and how will it fit with us as Garda pensioners. I recently wrote to An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD, requesting the allocation of a slot on the new Commission for Garda Siochana Retired Members Association. An Taoiseach passed my […]

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GSRMA Short Story Competition- Winners & Prize Ceremony

Thank you to all the members who entered the first GSRMA Short Story Competition this year. Congratulations to the  final 4 winners ,as per adjudication panel decision, of GSRMA Short Story Competition Patrick Daly ( Cork City Branch), Brian Kealy ( Limerick City Branch) , Bill Kelly ( Dublin North Branch) & Hillary Murphy ( Naas […]

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GSRMA Strategic Plan 2016-2021

The Strategic Plan, for the period 2016 to 2021 has been approved by the Central Committee of Garda Síochaná Retired members Association. Please find attached GSRMA Strategic Plan 2016-2021 ( PDF Version) gsrma-strategic-plan-2016-2021 Mathias Cosgrave President

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GSRMA Members Winners of Garda Post Competition

Congratulations to our 3 members winners of Garda Post competition. And the winners of the Garda Post Competition are …. !! 1st: Noel Mc Mahon (20862M – Clare Branch) Congratulations Noel you have won two nights bed and breakfast at Mount Juliet with one round of Golf plus dinner in the Lady Helen restaurant on […]

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Fairness and Equity letter from GSRMA Member

We would like to share a letter received from one of our members. Dear Sir, Firstly let me declare my interest in, and support for AGSI and GRA in their on-going attempts to seek a justified (partial) restoration of sacrificed pay. I believe Trade Unions and Staff Associations, the Public Services Committee of ICTU and the […]

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Garda Síochána Retired Members Association support GRA and AGSI members

MEDIA STATEMENT  Garda Síochána Retired Members Association   28 October 2016  “The plight of Gardaí over four decades must finally be acknowledged”  Garda Síochána Retired Members Association support GRA and AGSI members  The Association representing retired members of An Garda Siochána have thrown their weight behind the current industrial action being undertaken by the AGSI and […]

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Budget 2017 – Quick Review

11/10/16 Budget Summary USC ratesfor lower to middle income earners to be reduced by 0.5% Help to BuyScheme announced for first-time, newly-built home buyers Welfare paymentsto increase by €5 per week Increase in thresholds for Capital Acquisitions Tax (Gifts/Inheritance) Increase in Disposable Income per annum (Household Examples)  Two Married Public Sector employees with 2 Children  Note: […]

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BUDGET 2017 – Taxation Measures

No great surprises as so much of this was leaked in the run into Budget day. In terms of impact the change most likely to benefit members is the USC change. There are other items of interest also. USC   2016   2015 €0-12012 1% 0.50% €12012.01-18668 3% 2.50% €70,044.00 5.50% 5% Balance 8% 7.50% […]

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Retired Public Service – Increase Pensions ?

Public Service Pensions are in line for a triple boost in next year — writes Charlie Weston, Irish Independent, Monday, 10th October.  “The increases will see some retired Public Service workers getting an annual increase of €1,000.  The big gains for retired nurses, civil servants and teachers will come from a further unwinding of cuts to […]

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