Information Circular No 26/2012 – Technician Pay, Pensionable Allowances and Pre Discharge Leave


Members have sought clarification of the pension implications of the loss of pensionable allowances and technician pay while personnel are on pre-discharge leave immediately prior to discharge.  The following clarification does not apply to un-established technician pay and allowances.

The position is that under the Defence Forces Pension Schemes members are deemed to have been in receipt of additions to pay such as technician pay, notwithstanding that payment may have ceased ‘during any period of leave granted….immediately prior to discharge’.  The specific purpose of this provision is to allow for the reckonability of certain payments where they cease during pre-discharge leave (PDL).

The foregoing position is based on the SI No 114 of 1984 Defence Forces (Pensions) (Amendment) (No 4) Scheme, 1984.  It specifically covers Technician Pay, Flying Pay, Assistant Stores Controllers Allowance, Fire Protection Pay, Naval Pay, Band Instructors Allowance and Irish Language Teaching Allowance.

The payments covered by this provision were extended in 2008 following negotiations on pensions which were outlined in Conciliation Council Report No 391 – Defence Forces Superannuation Matters.  This, for example, saw allowances such as Account Holders Allowance added to the list of qualifying payments.

In summary, the loss of pensionable allowances and technician pay during pre-discharge leave (PDL) taken immediately before discharge will not see the loss of the relevant addition to pension.

Issued on 31st Aug 2012


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