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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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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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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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Qualification for State Pension

Charlie Weston writing in todays Irish Independent (1st. August 2016).  When you sign up for Job Seekers Benefit you are declaring that you are fit and available for work.  When you sign up for “Credits” you are in effect signing for Job Seekers Benefits (not the allowance itself).  There seems to be a blind eye […]

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Signing-On for CREDITS.

Many of our GSRMA who attended Retirement Courses were reminded of the need to “Sign-On for Credits” at the local Social Welfare Office following retirement from work. If you retired from work on the date of your retirement from the Garda Siochana, did you call next day to the Welfare Office and Sign-On for Credits […]

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Retired Garda – Hopes to join Garda Reserve

A few short weeks ago, Vincent Hourican, retired from An Garda Síochána after given 32 years patrolling Dublin South inner city.  He is about to create history, if his application to join the Garda Reserve Force is accepted.  Anyone aged 65 years and under can apply for the part-time Reserve. Vincent said ” I had […]

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Med. Aid Soc. – Discount for Young Adults.

You may recall a previous circular in June 2015 setting out the effect of the Health Insurance (Amendment) Act 2014 which laid down minimum and maximum percentage discounts on the Adult Premium that must be granted to young adults between 21 and 25 years of age. The Committee of the Society at that time approved […]

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