About us

dublin-criminal-courts-of-justiceThe Association was established in 1945. The founding members of The Association would have been born in or before 1880 and would have been Civil Servants, in many cases, who served both in the British and Irish administrations. They served the State with loyalty and dedication from it’s foundation until after the end of the Second World War.

The Association campaigns actively on behalf of Public Service Pensioners through direct submissions to Government Departments and via media contact.

We engage with Government departments and SemiState bodies on matters of interest to pensioners who served in these areas during their working lives

We have excellent relationships with Public Sector Unions, who are generous in terms of providing us with accommodation and the use of facilities.

Our membership is open to persons, including widowed persons, in receipt of pensions from the Civil Service, Eircom, An Post, Coillte Teoranta and the Irish Aviation Authority.

There is an Annual Meeting of the Association in June of each year which elects the Council.
There are a number of Branches throughout Ireland 

2016/17 Council

Hon President – Mary Farrell         
Vice President – Brian McDonnell
Hon Secretary - Brian Fitzpatrick     
Treasurer – Walter McDonagh

Executive Assistant - Breda Ryder

Press Officer - Sean O'Riordain

Members of Council:

Shane Donnelly; Michael Gunning; Gary Monely; Nora O Donavan; Paddy Terry; Ann Walsh; Stephen Burns; Pat McDonagh; Sean Beades; Brian Murnane; Dave Thomas; Brian Cadogan; Brian Doherty; Seamus McElhinney

Our Branches

We have branches all around the country including

  • Cork
  • Donegal
  • Dublin
  • Galway
  • Limerick
  • Mayo
  • North East
  • Sligo
  • Wexford

Start a new Branch

Members residing within convenient reach of each other, or sharing any other common interest, may be constituted a Branch of the Association by the Council, on receipt of a request signed by not fewer that ten such members


Up to 2013 , members of the Association and other Public Service pensioners were excluded from discussions held between Government and Unions which resulted in two significant cuts to the pensions of retired Civil Servants and other Public Servant.   
The Alliance of Retired Public Servants was formed on an ad hoc basis in 2013 to try to ensure a right of representation for Civil and Public Service Pensioners
Later in 2013 , Minister Brendan Howlin agreed to recognise the Alliance as having a right to represent Public Service Pensioners in the matter of ongoing pension proposals.

The inaugural Annual Meeting of The Alliance took place in January 2014. Sean O Riordain of the RCPSA serves as Public Relations Officer of The Alliance.

The Association is a founder member of The Alliance of Retired Public Servants

Other Affiliations

The National Federation of Pensioners Associations

Retired Workers Committee of Irish Congress of Trade Unions

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