Superannuation and Pensions Act, 1976


1.—In this Act—

“civil servant” means a person holding a position in the Civil Service;

“the Civil Service” means the Civil Service of the Government and the Civil Service of the State;

“established civil servant” means a civil servant who is paid out of moneys voted by the Oireachtas and in respect of whom a certificate has been issued under section 26 of the Civil Service Commissioners Act, 1956 , or a person who is so paid and who either, pursuant to section 27 of that Act, is deemed to possess such a certificate or, pursuant to section 2 of the Ministers and Secretaries Act, 1924 , is appointed the principal officer of a Department of State;

“the Minister” means the Minister for the Public Service;

“severance gratuity” means a gratuity payable to an established civil servant who retires or is removed from the Civil Service,

(a) in consequence of the abolition of his office, or

(b) for the purpose of facilitating improvements in the organisation of the department or body to which he belongs by which greater efficiency or economy can be effected;

“the Social Welfare Acts” means the following, namely, the Old Age Pensions Acts, 1908 to 1975, the Unemployment Assistance Acts, 1933 to 1975, the Widows' and Orphans' Pensions Acts, 1935 to 1975, the Social Welfare (Children's Allowances) Acts, 1944 to 1975, the Social Welfare Acts, 1952 to 1975, the Social Welfare (Supplementary Welfare Allowances) Act, 1975 , and any enactment which amends or extends all or any of those Acts;

“statute” and “statutory instrument” have the same meaning as they have, respectively, in section 3 of the Interpretation Act, 1937 ;

“transfer value” means a payment in respect of the transfer of superannuation benefits and calculated in a manner specified by the Minister.