Members are currently receiving Pensions Declarations to be completed by June 21st, 2023. Prior to Covid, this was a statement sought annually by the Department of Education which is required under the Appropriations Act 1962 to ensure the person drawing down the Pension, is the person entitled to receive it. The Declaration must be witnessed by someone known to you and whose name is on the register of Dáil Electors. That person, however, cannot be yourself, your spouse or civil partner. Nor can it be a close relative or the spouse of a close relative.