Company and director convicted and fined in prosecution taken by the Pensions Authority

Monday 20 December 2021: In Dublin Metropolitan District Court on Thursday 16 December 2021, Judge Halpin convicted Design I.D. (Dublin) Limited, for failing to pay employer pension contributions within the statutory timeframe pursuant to section 58A(2) of the Pensions Act 1990, as amended. The company with a registered address of Apex Business Centre, Blackthorn Drive, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18 was fined €5,000. A director of the company, Sean O'Broin, was also convicted and fined €1,000. Costs of €2,406 were also awarded to the Authority.

Design I.D. (Dublin) Limited had failed to pay the employer pension contributions as obliged under the terms of the pension scheme between January 2014 and September 2016 to the pension provider, Ark Life Assurance Company dac.

Commenting on the conviction in this case, the Pensions Regulator, Brendan Kennedy, said, “This conviction should act as a warning to all employers that the Pensions Authority treats the failure of the employer to remit pension contributions as a very serious offence. We advise any employer with outstanding pension contributions to immediately regularise their position.”


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The Pensions Authority

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The Pensions Authority

The Pensions Authority (the “Authority”) is the statutory body established by the Pensions Act 1990 (the “Act”) to regulate occupational pension schemes, trust based RACs and Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs) and to advise the Minister for Social Protection on overall pension policy development.


Under the Act, the Authority has power to carry out investigations into alleged breaches of the Act and to ensure that trustees, employers, pension administrators and their advisers comply with their obligations to current and former employees in relation to their pension contributions and benefits.

The Authority’s powers allow it to conduct on-site visits without notice, seize and copy relevant documents; enter dwellings on foot of a warrant, and to prosecute any person that contravenes the provisions of the Act.