European Parliament (Irish Constituency Members) Act 2009

Superannuation of members.

3.— (1) In this section—

“pensions” means pensions, gratuities and other allowances on death or on ceasing otherwise to hold office as a member;

“pensions scheme” means a scheme made under this section.

(2) The Minister may make a contributory scheme (“pension scheme”) for granting pensions to or in respect of members or former members, as the case may be, who—

(a) were elected or appointed to the Parliament under the Act of 1979,

(b) were elected to the Parliament under the Act of 1997, or were regarded under that Act as having been so elected, or

(c) opt to be paid the salary referred to in section 2 (2).

(3) A pension scheme shall fix the time and conditions for payment for all members or former members to or in respect of whom superannuation benefits are payable under it, and different times and conditions may be fixed in respect of different classes of members.

(4) A pension scheme may have effect from a date which is earlier than the date of the scheme.

(5) The Minister may, in accordance with a pension scheme, make deductions from a salary paid under section 2 (3).

(6) The European Assembly (Irish Representatives) Pensions Scheme ( S.I. No. 387 of 1979 ) made under section 4 of the Act of 1979 continues in force as if made under this section.

(7) Every pension scheme and every scheme amending or revoking such a scheme shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after it is made and, if a resolution annulling the scheme is passed by either such House within the next 21 days on which that House has sat after the scheme is laid before it, the scheme shall be annulled accordingly but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under it.