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IMPROVEMENTS TO POST-2012 STATEPENSIONS.  The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has announced improvements to the state pension calculations for post 2012 pensioners.  Higher rates will commence from 30 March 2018.  The Department's statement is available here: Press_release.pdf

January 2018

RSTA Mayo members and colleagues from other branches enjoyed a memorable 5-day trip to the WW1 battlefields of Belgium and France with particular emphasis on remembering and honouring the Irishmen who fought and died in the Great War. The report of the trip at the link below is written by Antoinette Casey of Mayo Branch who did a wonderful job organising the trip. 


Some photos of the trip can be viewed here.  More to follow later:

PUBLICATION OF PAY AND PENSIONS BILL 2017 .  On Tuesday November 7th Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Pascal Donoghue, T.D. published the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017. An abstact from the Minister's Press Release is available here.

Focus Ireland is looking for volunteers to deliver school talks on the issue of homelessness and to encourage schools to fundraise and raise awareness.  These talks aim to help develop students' understading of homelessness and also to break down stereotypes they may have about people who are homeless. Full induction and training will be provided.

For full details of the role please go to and download an application form.

November 2017

Proposed Trip to Northern Ireland 2018.  Kilkenny RSTA Branch are planning a trip to Northern Ireland in March 2018.  All are welcome.  If interested please contact as soon as possible.  Read details of the trip and full itinerary at this link:   Kilkenny_NI_trip.pdf.


Clare: Tuesday December 5th in Cloister Restaurant Ennis at 2.15 pm

Cork:Thursday December 7th in Hayfield Manor Hotel

Dublin:  Wednesday 6th December in Wynns Hotel at 1pm

Kildare: Wednesday 13th December in Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge at 12.30 pm

Kilkenny: Friday December 1st in Rinnuccini Restaurant at 1 pm.

Mayo:  Thursday 14th December in Ashford Castle

North East: Monday 4th December in Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt, Co Cavan

Tipperary: Thursday December 7th in Bailey's Hotel, Cashel at 12.30 pm

Wexford: Wednesday 6th December in Monart Spa Hotel, Enniscorthy at 12.30 pm

Update on Proposals to Restore Public Service Pensions - September 2017.

The Alliance has met recently to consider a letter from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform containing detailed proposals on restoration of public service pensions. Read the full text of the letter here: (letter from DEPRA)

Full details of the Alliance response to the letter are available on the Alliance website at


The Council of the Alliance has been engaged in a campaign of lobbying since its foundation but many council members felt that a more professional approach was needed.  Montague Communications were engaged and council members are being advised on effective communication and lobbying techniques. The new Alliance website will be a useful source of information on the pensions' campaign.  We recommend to our members the 'Submissions and Publications' page on the site for a comprehensive overview of the impact of FEMPI legislation and the case being promoted for fair and equitable treatment for retired public servants.

AUTUMN 2017 NEWSLETTER can be read/downloaded at the link below.

RSTA Newsletter Autumn 2017

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