Welcome to RSTA

A Message from the New President


Incoming RSTA President Padraic O'Doherty addressing the National Conference in Cork May 2018

Beannachtaí and best wishes to all R.S.T.A members as your recently elected President, following the Annual National Conference in Cork on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

I am grateful for the trust that has been placed in me to take the RSTA forward on the journey of advancing the welfare of retired secondary teachers, especially in relation to pension parity and social protection.

I thank the outgoing President, Carmel Heneghan, for her work over the past four years.  This was a uniquely challenging period of office with the F.E.M.P.I. legislation, for both active and retired teachers.  She networked with members throughout the country in supporting members and encouraging new recruits, while continuing with the other duties of office.

I wish to acknowledge the ongoing work of our parent organisation, the ASTI, in its negotiations for justice on behalf of all teachers not forgetting the post 2012 pension anomaly.

Congratulations to the Cork organisation in organising the very successful 2018 National Conference.  The welcome received from the local branch and the hotel staff has left a lasting memory.

I now look forward to your continuous support through the branch network and the newly elected National Committee in the year ahead.

Ní neart to cur le chéile.

Padraic O'Doherty

President RSTA


 Padraic with Carmel Heneghan, Immediate Past President.



Minister Donoghue issued a press release on 7 November announcing the publication of the Public Service Pay and Pension Bill 2017. The full text of the press release and a FAQ sheet are available at the following links: Press_Release_PSPP_Bill_1.pdf.       PSPP_Bill_FAQs.pdf


Update on Proposals to Restore Public Service Pensions - September 2017

The Alliance met recently to consider a letter from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform containing detailed proposals on restoration of public service pensions. Read the full text of the letter here: (letter from DEPRA)

Full details of the Alliance response to the letter are available on the Alliance website at  https://www.arps.ie/news/.

Submission by the Alliance of Retired Public Servants to the Pubic Service Pay Commission May 2017: Alliance_Submission.pdf

Press Release issued by the Alliance (May 17th 2017).    "The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS) has today welcomed the intention signalled by the government to engage in a talks process over pension restoration for retired public servants . . . "  Read the full text of the press release here

The Report of the Public Service Pay Commission (May 2017) is now available online at www.paycommission.gov.ie.

The report will form the backdrop for the talks on pay and pensions in the public service. The full report is available on the website of the Commission under the heading of Publications.  The submission by ASTI and other interested parities to the Commissions are also available on this website under the heading of Stakeholder Submissions.