Despite promising comprehensive pension reform and after five years in government, Ireland’s Fine Gael-Labour-led coalition is months away from an election without a significant road map for change
Despite a growing economy and regulatory developments in the defined benefit sector, Ireland still faces challenges in its pensions system. Jerry Moriarty urges long-term considerations to form part of future pensions policy
Irish DB schemes face a new financial buffer from this year. Each of the various ways to meet the risk-reserve standard comes at a considerable cost
Philip Shier and Aidan Kennedy review the new risk reserve requirement for pension funds
Mick O’Byrne provides an update on the accounting deficits of defined benefit pension schemes of Irish listed companies and state entities
At its first meeting of 2015, the Irish Cabinet discussed the introduction of a “new, universal supplementary pension savings scheme”. The plan was presented by Joan Burton, deputy prime minister and minister for social protection.
Jerry Moriarty welcomes the planned end to the pensions levy but calls for definite action on auto enrolment
Defined benefit scheme deficits continue to have a significant presence on Irish balance sheets, according to Mick O’Byrne
Recent court rulings have given the impression that trustees are set to wield greater powers when negotiating with sponsors over deficits. But despite a notable victory, Jonathan Williams finds the power might be an illusion
Funds are shifting assets to fixed income following Pension Authority concerns about equity risk, writes Carlo Svaluto Moreolo
With a target of stimulating growth while investing along commercial lines, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund will have to find attractive and viable projects. Jonathan Williams talks to Donal Murphy about how to deploy €7bn, and across what sectors
As a new regulatory structure beds down, minor but important changes have been made to reintroduce equity into the pensions system.
State-owned AIB agrees pay and pensions deal with union; Fianna Fáil tables pensions law amendment
Firm pledges to establish new office as part of investment by sovereign development fund
Sovereign wealth fund to take 32% stake in Finance Ireland
Quantitative easing, Brexit and corporate bond yields all contribute to combined shortfall
ISIF investment will see creation of research centre, employing 150 staff
Irish industry association, consumer group back regulation to avoid monopolies
Chief executive says action on universal pension has also been ‘parked for too long’
Industry group draws inspiration from New Zealand, Australia
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