Written answers

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Public Sector Staff Retirements

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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105. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the increase in the compulsory retirement age from 65 to 70 years of age for all pre-2004 public servants and those working in public service bodies is binding across all of the public service with respect to the Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill 2018; the directions he has given to public service bodies in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4678/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018 came into effect on 26 December 2018. The Act provides for an increase in the compulsory retirement age to 70, for public servants recruited prior to 1 April 2004. Any public servant covered by the Act now has the choice to work to age 70 on existing terms and conditions, subject to the normal standards of health and performance.

Public servants covered by the legislation are termed "relevant public servants" and this term is defined in Section 2 of the Act. The definition includes most pre-2004 public servants, other than a member of the uniformed pension fast accrual group, which comprises Gardai, Prison Officers, Firefighters and members of the Permanent Defence Force who, for operational reasons are required to retire early.

All public service employers have been informed that any relevant public servant who had not already reached his/her compulsory retirement age before the 26 December 2018 now has a new compulsory retirement age of 70.

Now that the legislation has come into effect, no public servant, other than a member of the uniformed pension fast accrual group mentioned above has a compulsory retirement age of less than 70.


Teresa Smoker
Posted on 31 Jan 2019 10:16 pm (Report this comment)

What about persons working in the public sector who took the one year extension who now have been told they cannot be employed Up to the age of 70 because of the new law. Does this mean that some pensioners are more equal than others? As I work for the HSE and have a private pension not a public pension I am totally baffled as to why I have been discriminated against. Shame on this government for going back on their word. I was told I could not continue working and to rub salt into the wound I was offered a 3 month contract providing my salary went back to point one.
Also, why do I have to pay the public pension levy when not in the public service pension and still had too pay it after the pension closed to me a year ago?

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