Transferring of Superannuation/Pension Rights

Local Government and Civil Service Transfer Schemes

Members of the Primary Teachers’ and Secondary Teachers’ Superannuation Schemes are approved for participation in the Civil Service Pension Schemes and the Local Government Transfer scheme. This provides for the reckoning by each participating organisation, of earlier pensionable service with any other organisation in the transfer network. Under its provision there is a link-up between the Civil Service, the Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces, National and Secondary Teachers and over 110 participating bodies, the vast majority of which are in the public sector.

Accordingly, teachers who have given service in another organisation should contact the Pensions Section of the Department of Education to enable the relevant service to be transferred.

In addition, both schemes make provision for the payment, on a transfer value basis only, of a once-off lump sum to organisations outside the network, provided that certain conditions are met.

It is advisable to seek financial advice before making any alterations to your pension scheme.

Updated July 2023

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