NEWS AND EVENTS

PPRG Annual Conference 2019

Friday, 21 June 2019, (8.45 - 12.45)
Room TBSI 1.42/1.43,
Trinity Business School, 152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin

A FULL (PROVISIONAL) PROGRAMME CAN BE ACCESSED HERE


PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

The 5th annual Pension Policy Research Group Conference will take place at Trinity College (building and room to be confirmed) on the morning of Friday June 21st. Registration (with tea and coffee) is at 8.45, with the conference beginning at 9.00.

There will be three presentations.

1. Dr. Emer Mulligan, School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway

  • Pensions in Ireland: The Perspectives of Irish Citizens and Implications for Pensions Systems and Reforms in Ireland and the EU. The report will be launched by Hildegarde Naughton TD.


Dr. Mulligan's presentation will be followed by a discussion panel on the findings, featuring three industry experts, including Andrew Nugent (Pensions Authority), Anne Donnellan (Age Action) and Orla O'Connor (Chair of the NWCI).


2. Dr. Micheál Collins, of the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD

  • Tax-based incentives after Automatic Enrolment.


3. This will be followed by Dr. Michelle Maher, Department of Sociology, Maynooth University

  • Automatic Enrolment in the UK and New Zealand: Lessons for Ireland.


After a break for tea/coffee, there will be a discussion panel featuring
Elizabeth Bowen (Small Firms Association)
Michael Taft (Economist, SIPTU)
Brid O'Brien (Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed)
Donal Keating (Director of Tax, PwC Ireland)

See Map and Route to Trinity Business School here

A FULL (PROVISIONAL) PROGRAMME CAN BE ACCESSED HERE

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

 


 

Consultation on Automatic Enrolment

Click here to access the PPRG's submission to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.


 

Micheál Collins and Gerry Hughes recognised by the Irish Foundation for Fiscal Studies


PPRG Executive Committee members Micheál Collins and Gerry Hughes have been awarded the Miriam Hederman O'Brien Prize for their paper Supporting Pension Contributions Through the Tax System: Outcomes, Costs and Examining Reform.

The Prize has been awarded by the Foundation for Fiscal Studies in 2012 and recognises outstanding research in the area of Irish fiscal policy. Given the prize's aims of promoting the study and discussion of matters relating to fiscal, economic and social policy and to reward those who make an exceptional contribution. This awarding to Micheál and Gerry is more than appropriate.


                                                         

 


Developing an Automatic Enrolment Retirement Savings System for Ireland

Click here to access the presenation on Automatic Enrolment from the recent Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Consultation


 

Submission to the Interdepartmental Pensions Reform and Taxation Group Consultation

The PPRG's submission to the Interdepartmental Pensions Reform and Taxation Group Consultation can be read here.
 



European Network for Research on Supplementary Pensions - Annual Conference


The PPRG and the National University of Ireland Galway hosted the European Network for Research on Supplementary Pensions (ENSRSP) conference in September 2018.

The conference was organised by PPRG members Maureen Maloney (NUIG) and Dr Michelle Maher (MU).

Brendan Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Pensions Authority welcomed academic, civil service, trade union and industry delegates from eight European countries and the US.

Susan Kuivalainen, Head of Research at the Finnish Centre for Pensions presented the key note speech explaining Finland's approach to the state system described by the European Commission as a model for a sustainable European pension solution.

Papers were presented by PPRG members Dr Micheál Collins (UCD), Professor Gerry Hughes (TCD),  Yogesh Jaiyawala (WIT), Dr Michelle Maher (MU), Maureen Maloney (NUIG), Dr Emer Mulligan (NUIG) and Dr Áine Ní Léime (NUIG).

Sessions were chaired by PPRG members Dr Michelle Maher (MU), Dr Bridget McNally (MU), Dr Emer Mulligan (NUIG), Dr Áine Ní Léime (NUIG) and Dr Dinali Wijeratne (NUIG)

Financial contributions were gratefully received from The Pensions Authority, NUIG, the ENRSP, the PPRG, and fees received from conference delegates.

                                                  



                  



                  



             


Further details here



Pension-related consultations currently ongoing


The following consultation processes, related to pensions, are on-going

1. Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Total Contributions Approach. Closing date: 3rd September 2018.
2. The Interdepartmental Pension Reform and Taxation Group. Consultation on Supplementary Pension Reform. Closing date: 19th October 2018
3. Pensions Authority. Regulation of Defined Contribution Master Trusts. Closing date: 5th October 2018
4. A Strawman Public Consultation Process for an Automatic Enrolment Retirement Savings System for Ireland Closing Date: 4th November 2018

 



PPRG Annual Conference 2018

Irish Pension Policy - Objectives for Pillars 1 and 2
Friday, 29 June 2018
Trinity College Dublin, Room 3.19, Aras an Phiarsaigh, (Business School Building)


Click here to see the full programme
 

Details: The 2018 Pension Policy Research Group annual conference was held on Friday 29th June in Trinity College Dublin. The conference focused on options and objectives for Pillars 1 and 2 of the Irish Pension System, and included presentations on tax-based supports, communication in the private pensions industry, replacement rates, and options for achieving universality.

It was attended by about 50 people, including a mix of industry representatives and private pension practitioners, regulators and trustees, researchers and academics, and civil society organisations.



Some presentations given at the conference:

Brigid McNally - Introduction & Summary of Workshop Discussion with Civil Society Organisations

Maeve Hally & Shane Whelan - An Analysis of Taxation Supports from Private Pension Provision in Ireland (SLIDES)

Maeve Hally & Shane Whelan - An Analysis of Taxation Supports from Private Pension Provision in Ireland (FULL PAPER)

Maureen Maloney & Alma McCarthy - Keep It Simple, Objectives for Pillars 1 & 2

Eamon Murphy - Achieving Universal Coverage - Options for Fairness and Sustainability in the Irish Pension System

 


 

New Publication
 

Y. Jaiyawala, J. Maher, R. Burke and S. Byrne - 'Holding on and Letting Go in Ireland: Examining the Policy and Fiscal Environment for Supplementary Retirement Income from Residential Property' in M. Eckhardt, J. Dotsch and S. Okruch (eds) Old-Age Provision and Homeownership - Fiscal Incentives and other Public Policy Options. New York: Springer, pp. 51-81

In light of demographc change and the growing problems of traditional old-age security systems, this book discusses two essential instruments in connection with privately providing for old-age security: (1) savings in private pension schemes and (2) building up equity for home-ownership. Further, it assesses the relationship between the two instruments and offers a unique overview of the latest market developments.



 

 


 

New Publication

 

Social Justice Ireland have published their study of how a universal social welfare pension might be implemented in Ireland (March 2018).

Entitled A Universal State Social Welfare Pension: Recognising the Contribution of all our Senior Citizens, it proposes a universal social welfare pension for Ireland, shows how such a pension might be structured, and suggests ways by which it could be funded, including by changing Ireland's current system of tax-based incentives for private pension contribution, and by a small increase (0.5%) in the rate of Employer PRSI.

The report argues that a pension from the excheque should be a right for all older people, and that the government's Roadmap for Pension Reform, is a missed opportunity to close off all coverage anomalies that currently blight the state system.




 


PPRG Annual Conference 2017

Friday, 6 October 2017
Trinity College Dublin, Room 3.19, Aras an Phiarsaigh, (Business School Building)

 



Details:
The 2017 Pension Policy Research Group annual conference was held on Friday 6th October in Trinity College Dublin. The conference promoted discussion on current pension policy issues. It was attended by pension providers, regulators, trustees, advisors, academics and members of pension schemes.






Some presentations given at the conference:

Jim Stewart - Automatic Enrollment : An Option for Ireland?

John A. Turner, Jules H. Lichtenstein - Mandating Autoenrollment: The NEST Plan in the UK

Joe Larragy - Changing the mix for the sake of sustainability?

Gerard Hughes - Should Public or Private Pension Provision Be Enhanced in Ireland?

Micheál Collins, Michelle Maher - Auto Enrolment: Into what, for whom and how much?
 


 

PPRG Annual Conference 2016
Conference Theme: Do we need a radical change in Pension Provision in Ireland?
Tuesday, June 21 2016

Trinity College Dublin

Details: The Pension Policy Research Group annual conference was held on Tuesday 21st June in Trinity College Dublin. The conference theme was 'Do we need a radical change in pension provision in Ireland?' and the conference promoted discussion on current pension policy issues. It was attended industry representatives, financial advisors, regulators, pensions researchers and academics, and represenatives from civil society organisations.

Some presentations given at the conference:

NiLeime, Duvvury et al - Gender implications of Extended Working Life policies in the context of austerity in Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal

Jim Stewart - Incomes and Income Security of Retired Persons in Ireland

Micheál Collins & Gerry Hughes - Tax Expenditure on Occupational Pensions in Ireland: relevance, cost & distribution

Joe Larragy - Mind the Gap! The divergence between age of retirement and age of entitlement in Ireland

Maureen Maloney & Alma McCarthy - What are the risks of automatic enrolment for employees? An analysis using a bounded rationality framework
 


 


PPRG Annual Conference 2015
Conference Theme: Current Pension Policy Issues and Auto-Enrolment
Wednesday, June 17 2015

Trinity College Dublin

 

Details: The Pension Policy Research Group Annual Conference was held on Wednesday 17 June 2015 in the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin. Its aim was to promote discussion on current pension policy issues, including auto-enrolment. It was intended for pension providers, regulators, trustees, advisors, academics and members of pension schemes.

Some presentations given at the conference:

Tianhong Chen, Gerry Hughes and John A. Turner - Longevity Insurance and Age 80 Allowance

Jim Stewart - Governance Issues and automatic Enrollment
 


 


Special Seminar on
"The Failure of Current Pension Tax Arrangements and Towards Policies Guaranteeing Pensions for All"


Speaker: Professor Teresa Ghilarducci


 

Professor Ghilarducci is the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Chair of Economic Policy Analysis and director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research, New York

Venue and Time: Room 2.05, Second Floor, School of Business, Aras an Phiarsaigh, Trinity College Dublin at 10:30 am on 6 August 2010

Note: As places are limited please send an email to gehughes@tcd.ie to register for the seminar.

 



Special Seminar on
"KiwiSaver - The First Three Years: Lessons for Ireland"

Speaker: Professor Susan St John
of the Business School, University of Auckland, New Zealand


                                                                                                     
                                                                                                       

Venue and Time: School of Business, Aras an Phiarsaigh, Trinity College Dublin at 4:00 pm on 2 June 2010

Note: Pre-payment of €30 is required. As places are limited they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 


 

New Publication

"Executive Directors' Pensions 2008" by Gerard Hughes, 11 April 2010

 



Debate on the Irish pension system
involving speakers from the TCD Pension Policy Research Group, TASC, and the Irish Association of Pension Funds.

                   

Venue and time: Radisson Blue Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8 at 5:00 pm on 20 April 2010
Email Gerry Hughes (gehughes@tcd.ie) for information on how to register



 

New Publication

The book Personal Provision of Retirement Income: Meeting the Needs of Older People? edited by Jim Stewart and Gerard Hughes, published by Edward Elgar, was launched by Colm Rapple in association with TASC - the Think-tank for Action on Social Change and the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin, on 1 January 2010.