Thursday 29 September 2016

Court hears airport pensioners out €1m a year

Tim Healy

Published 28/07/2015 | 02:30

Mr Justice McGovern, refusing to admit the case to the commercial list, said it did not come within the scope of a commercial action.
Mr Justice McGovern, refusing to admit the case to the commercial list, said it did not come within the scope of a commercial action.

A GROUP of retired aviation workers have brought a legal action claiming their pension entitlements have been cut under a restructuring scheme.

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The case concerns more than 600 Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport Authority pensioners who claim they will collectively lose €1m per year.

A test case, involving four pensioners from the Irish Airlines General Employees Superannuation Scheme, is being brought in the High Court.

The case was mentioned yesterday before Mr Justice Brian McGovern who refused to admit it to the court's fast track Commercial Court division. It will now proceed through the normal High Court list.

Pensioners Cornelius Clarke, Partrick Fagan, Kay Garvey and Hugh O'Brien have mounted the legal challenge against the State claiming they will lose €25,000 per annum as a result of reductions in benefits. Their challenge is over the restructuring of the defined benefit superannuation scheme.

Mr Justice McGovern, refusing to admit the case to the commercial list, said it did not come within the scope of a commercial action.

Irish Independent

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