Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010
Persons in service of State, local authority, etc.
59.— (1) This section applies when a maintenance debtor is in the service of the State, a local authority within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1941 , a harbour authority within the meaning of the Harbours Acts 1946 to 2005, the Health Service Executive, a vocational education committee established by the Vocational Education Act 1930 , a committee of agriculture established by the Agriculture Act 1931 , or another body if his or her earnings are paid directly out of moneys paid by the Oireachtas or from the Central Fund, or is a member of either House of the Oireachtas.
(2) For the purposes of this Part, the following officers are regarded as being the employers of the maintenance debtor and the earnings paid to the maintenance debtor out of the Central Fund or out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas are regarded as having been paid by them:
(a) in the case where the maintenance debtor is employed in a department, office, organisation, service, undertaking or other body, its chief officer, or any other officer that may be designated from time to time by the Minister of the Government by whom that body is administered;
(b) in the case where the maintenance debtor is in the service of an authority or body, its chief officer; and
(c) in any other case, where the maintenance debtor is paid out of the Central Fund or out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas, the Secretary of the Department of Finance or any other officer that may be designated from time to time by the Minister for Finance.
(3) A question that arises in proceedings for or arising out of an attachment of earnings order as to which body employs a maintenance debtor may be referred to and determined by the Minister for Finance, but he or she is not obliged to consider the reference unless it is made by the court.
(4) A document purporting to contain a determination by the Minister for Finance under subsection (3) and to be signed by an officer of that Minister shall, in any proceedings mentioned in that subsection, be admissible in evidence and be deemed, unless the contrary is shown, to contain an accurate statement of that determination.