September 2020: For the attention of all 2020 Retirees

Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your years of service to the education sector. The Pension Unit 2020 Retirement Pack documents are now available for download here.  

These include the Important Information Following the Award of a Pension document, the Supplementary Pension Information Note, the Internal Dispute Resolution Process Information Note and Supplementary Pension Application Forms. It is important you take the time to read these documents in their entirety.

 You will still receive your personal retirement letter and pension benefit calculation sheets in hard copy by post to the address provided by you on your application form.

Wishing you the very best for your retirement.

The Pension Unit Team

April 2020

COVID-19 Pension Unit Business Contingency Arrangements

September 2019

Increase to certain pensions of retired school-staff

June 2019

The Department of Expenditure and Reform have published Circular 15/ 2019 entitled  "Purchase and Transfer of Retirement Benefits under the Single Public Service Pension Scheme”, which can be accessed on their website using this link:

The terms of this Circular become effective from the 1st October 2019

February 2019 - Change in the Compulsory Retirement Age for certain Public Servants

The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018 was enacted on 26th December 2018 and came into effect immediately from that date.

The Act provides for an increase in the compulsory retirement age of most public servants recruited prior to 1 April 2004, from age 65 to age 70. 

Under the Act, any relevant public servant who had not already reached his/her compulsory retirement age before 26 December 2018 has a new compulsory retirement age of 70.

An FAQ section is  available on the DPER website at:

For staff in pension schemes where the date of compulsory retirement is the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of 65, their new compulsory retirement date will now be the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of 70 w.e.f.  the 2018/2019 academic year.