490. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding pension payments; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20115/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): To date no proposals have been agreed to change the process by which retired members of An Garda Síochána are paid their pension from the current method of payment in advance. I can, however, state that consideration of this matter is at an exploratory stage. It should be emphasised that there is no consideration being given to changing the amount of pension payments that retired Garda members receive. Whatever solution is reached on the issue will be the subject of discussions with the relevant bodies concerned and with a view to causing the least possible disruption to the personal circumstances of retired members.