Pensions Forum 2006

Positive public response to National Pensions Action Week

Friday, 5 May 2006: The Pensions Board is delighted to jointly host today’s Pensions Forum with the Department of Social and Family Affairs. This takes place in Dublin Castle and brings together a host of high-calibre speakers from Ireland and abroad. It also takes place during National Pensions Action Week, an awareness campaign conducted by the Board to encourage greater take-up of private pensions in Ireland.

Discussing the Forum, Anne Maher, Chief Executive, The Pensions Board said: “Following the publication of the Board’s National Pensions Review, this Forum is being held today to elicit the views of the many stakeholders who contribute towards the formulation of pension policy in Ireland. We are delighted to have such a high-calibre list of speakers for the Forum, providing varying perspectives.”

“There are many complex issues around pensions which require educated discussion and consideration and it is encouraging to see such active participation in the debate. We hope that the Forum will help to move the debate forward so as to enable Government and the Social Partners to reach the hard decisions which need to be made now” said Ms Maher.

Speaking about National Pensions Action Week, Ms Maher said: “We have had a huge number of requests from people for pensions information. Our website, www.pensionsboard.ie has also been extremely busy during Pensions Action Week and we are delighted to see such a good response,” said Ms Maher.

ENDS

Media Queries:

Mary Hutch
Head of Information and Training
The Pensions Board
Tel: (01) 6131900

Aongus Horgan
Assistant Head of Information and Training
The Pensions Board
Tel: (01) 6131900

Jackie Gallagher / Mark Leech Q4 PR Tel: (01) 4751444

Notes:

About The Pensions Board
The Pensions Board is the statutory body set up to regulate occupational pension schemes and PRSAs and to advise the Minister for Social and Family Affairs, and through him, the Government, on overall pension policy development.

National Pensions Review
The National Pensions Review report includes a review of previously agreed pension targets, an assessment of current coverage and adequacy and discussion of the strategic options for meeting the agreed targets. It contains an overview and a summary, recommendations and next steps as well as the full report and underlying appendices. The Report is published online at www.pensionsboard.ie

Pension information
The information Unit at the Pensions Board provides a wide range of pension information booklets free of charge and can be reached at the LoCall number 1890-65-65-65 and on www.pensionsboard.ie.

National Pensions Action Week, 1 – 7 May 2006
National Pensions Action Week is currently underway with an intensive advertising and promotional focus on the key age targets of 25 – 39 which includes on-the-street promotional activity, outdoor, ambient and online advertising, national print advertising, regional and national radio and TV advertising.